From the Chrysalis and Feeling for the Air are my first novels, Book 1 and Book 2 of the Devereux Cousins Trilogy, but I've always written. People ask me if I started out to write a trilogy, but my answer is no. They also ask me what's real in my novels and what's not, but I'm no longer sure. Some people--myself included--would like to know the absolute truth about my cousin Brian "Bo" Lesley Beaucage, but I never found it. Unlike my fictional character D'Arcy "Dace" James Devereux, Brian didn't make it past age forty three. Of course we all wish he had. My characters evolved and changed over time and so did I. Did I really love Dace/Brian like his cousin Liza did? Yes. Would I have done what Liza did? Absolutely not.
If I had known I would also end up being my own copy editor and publisher and that I'd need to learn all sorts of technical matters, I might have changed my mind, but it's too late now. Viceroy Power Press was born of this need. The beauty of having your own press and using a free tool like Createspace to upload your manuscripts is that you can quickly and easily make minor corrections at any time, which I have done on the odd occasion ever since I published my first book in 2012. Even though a lot of people use Createspace, I'm surprised that more people don't.
But I'm here for the long haul, for as long as I've got. Now that I'm older, I see patterns everywhere. Bits and pieces turn into stories that are just bursting to get out. I don't look for my stories. They come to me.
Some people are hard to get into and there are some people you don't want to get into, but my job as a novelist is to try to understand my characters and make them come alive. If I can write a tribute to somebody I loved, so be it and if I can also make my words sound a bit pretty, I'm thrilled.
If I could, I would spend all my time writing and reading, but besides being a certified genealogist, I've been blessed with a large, complicated and ever expanding family.
The family is the birthplace of most stories, but it's my university education and my former employment as a reference librarian that gave me the skills to research and enrich the settings in my books From the Chrysalis and Feeling for the Air. My first two books are set in the seventies, my third in the nineties. Do you remember exactly what happened in the seventies or the nineties? I gave birth to children in both those decades, but I certainly don't. The availability of historical newspaper databases such as the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail in so many public libraries, has been a real boon to me too.
Whether you want to or not, you've got to stop reading and rereading your own writing, so family members have read my pre-published stories too. My husband is always my first reader, but much as I cherish his input and his male point of view about sex and such, I've also been fortunate enough to be able to afford the topnotch services of two fiction writers and professional editors. Genevieve Graham edited my first book and Diane Schoemperlen edited my second one.
In spite of her busy schedule, Diane has also kindly agreed to edit Take to the Sky, the final book in my trilogy. In addition to being an award-winning author, Diane also knows a thing or two about the penitentiary system and what it's like to fall in love with the wrong person, or at least what other people think is the wrong person.
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