Today’s Where Are They Now? series features author is Mandy Eve-Barnett from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
Since her interview last summer, Mandy released Clickety-Click in October 2016 and a new cover for The Rython Kingdom in April 2017. She discusses these and her other titles in Interview with Mandy Eve-Barnett, Author (July 2016).
4 Authors, 7-Day Book Challenge, Amazing Experiences (October 2016)
Dual Author Signing Event (July 2017)
Interview with Mandy Eve-Barnett
Mandy currently lives in Alberta, Canada but is originally from England. Her background is diverse and gives her rich experience to utilize in her writing. She has traveled throughout Europe, parts of America and Canada and was born in Africa.
Mandy is passionate about creative writing to the point of obsession, and she succeeded in becoming a published author in record time. She always has a manuscript (or several) on the go as ideas flood her mind and just have to be written.
Her venture into freelance writing has been successful, and she regularly contributes to Strathcona Connect, an e-zine, and the Never Been Better page in the Sherwood Park News newspaper. Mandy currently holds the position of Secretary for her local writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.
Writing in multiple genres, with four books published to date, Mandy has also been published in anthologies and on numerous web sites as well as regularly blogging about her writing journey.
Speaking with Mandy Eve-Barnett
What were your most significant accomplishments over the past year?
With my newest YA novella Clickety-Click launched, I immersed myself into revisions of two novels.
The first, Life in Slake Patch, is a speculative fiction novel set in an alternative future where the world suffered a catastrophic war, leaving the majority of the population as female. Separate compounds were constructed with male or female occupants, with only weekly visitation. Written from the POV of a young man, it tells the story of his struggle and the changes that he initiates to the matriarchal society. This novel will be submitted for release in spring 2018.
The second novel, The Twesome Loop, is a romance with a reincarnation twist (and erotic scenes). Set between two eras — 1875 and 2000 — the main characters meet by chance on the site of their past lives, where their tumultuous relationships occurred. The novel consists of two story lines, which eventually converge. The novel’s official launch is 30th September 2017 at the Words in the Park event in Sherwood Park.
What was your greatest obstacle?
My biggest obstacle, as always, is full time work and the many events (see below) I attend and organize. As secretary of my writers group, the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County, and president of the Arts & Culture Council of Strathcona County, I am forever busy. I do try to ‘escape’ normal life and write when I can.
What are you most proud of?
At long last managing to revise novels that have been put on the shelf for far too long (see above). I have two other books I am focusing on for 2018/2019. They need to be in the world, not in a folder on my laptop gathering virtual dust.
What are your goals or upcoming projects for 2017?
I mentioned two of my novels above, but I want to release from stagnation two more — one is a cowgirl romance, Willow Tree Tears, and the other is a suspense, The Giving Thief. I also have another YA novella in the works, Bubble the Gruggle. All of these are my main writing focus for 2017-2019. If I’m lucky, once these are completed I can return to The Rython Kingdom and write a sequel — something several readers have asked me to do.
What special thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?
Art in all its forms is my passion — whether the written word, my current obsession, or painting, pottery, sculpture, textiles, etc. The list is endless. Creativity allows a mind to delight in the fanciful, the imaginary, and the whimsical. It allows the deeper reaches of our minds to create for sheer enjoyment, releasing us from daily worries if only for a short time.
Photo credit: Mandy Eve-Barnett. Words in the Park 2016.
TV interview links
Arts Talk Interviews
Arts Talk Online EP 3 (Bill Roberts)
Talking about Rumble’s First Scare
(Go to 8:22 on the timeline)
Arts Talk Season 2 EP 6 (Shaw TV Edmonton)
Talking about Clickety-Click and my other books
(Go to 11:04 on the timeline)
Dates of upcoming events
Author Reading, Social Grounds Coffeehouse, Sherwood Park, AB
Saturday, August 26, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Words in the Park, Sherwood Park, AB
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Launch of new adult romance, The Twesome Loop. A romance with a reincarnation twist (contains erotic scenes).
Additional author readings and book events between now and Christmas will be posted once set on my Facebook page.
Update on past events attended
- Author reading – Audreys Books, Edmonton – 29 April 2016
- Reading at Summer Author Reading – Social Grounds Coffeehouse (SGC), Sherwood Park – 23 July 2016
- Words in the Park and Clickety-Click launch – 1st October 2016
It was purchased for one local school on the day and has delighted and thrilled many readers since.
- Author reading at SGC – 22 October 2016
- Authors for Altruism – Audreys Books, Edmonton – 5th November 2016
I read from The Rython Kingdom, sold 3 books, and raised money for Santa’s Anonymous for CHED radio (a great cause).
- Carbon Christmas Fair – 26 November 2016
- Christmas in the Heartland – 27 November 2016
- Author reading at SGC – 28 January 2017
- Author reading at Off the Page – 8 March 2017
- Author reading at SGC – 15 April 2017
- WFSC Writers Conference – 22 April 2017 (scroll down for conference workshop info)
- Indies for Authors at the Sherwood Park Bookworm – 29 April 2017
- Writing Retreat at Strawberry Creek – 18 to 22 May 2017 (photos)
- Summer Author Reading at SGC – 24 June 2017
- Book signing at Audreys Books – 8 July 2017
Where can we find your books?
Rumble’s First Scare – a children’s picture book telling the story of a little monster’s adventure on All Hallows Eve.
Ockleberries to the Rescue – a children’s chapter book for bedtime stories or independent readers. A tale of magical woodland sprites aiding and healing their forest animal friends. Each chapter is a different animal or event.
Clickety-Click – a YA mystery adventure. A young orphaned girl settles with her guardians but soon discovers their secret. One she cannot reveal as she, too, transforms.
The Rython Kingdom – an adventure romance set in medieval England. A storyteller tells a tale to the King’s court, unaware of the dangers within it. The novella includes two stories – the one about the storyteller, and the tale he tells. Partnered with a mysterious but beautiful woman, Guillem learns her secret, one he must choose to accept or lose her love. This book is for adults.
All my books are available from Dream Write publishing at dreamwritepublishing.ca.
Clickety-Click and The Rython Kingdom are also available as e-books from Smashwords and Amazon (search title for Canada, USA, or UK).
My books are available on my blog: