Back again for another book recommendation! At the end of this post you will find a…giveaway!!!!!
Every Tuesday night, 9 p.m. EST, I hang out at #indiechat and talk shop. I met Brenda and learned she’d just recently released her first YA novel! So I invited over to tell us a little bit about the story behind her story. Because I love those kinds of stories. 🙂 Welcome Brenda Corey Dunne!
I grew up about ten miles away from a wonderful place called Kings Landing Historical Settlement. It’s a living museum where costumed interpreters cook on hearth fires in two-hundred-year-old farm houses and hammer square nails at a working blacksmith’s forge. I attended a sleepover camp there (wearing costumes and milking cows) when I was nine. My husband and I had our wedding rehearsal party there fifteen years ago. My children have all gone to ‘Visiting Cousins’ camp there and my father now works there.
Being an over-imaginative sort, I got to thinking one day what a great story it would be if you could mix ordinary life at a Kings Landing-like village with magic, treasure and some romance. The idea rolled around in my head while the kids were at Visiting Cousins camp, and solidified over the autumn months while my husband was deployed to the Middle East. I was working on another story in my spare time in the evenings, but the idea was still there, with scenes popping in and out of my head like bad satellite reception.
I heard about NaNoWriMo. With hubby gone I had no big plans (well, no plans at all, actually), the kids were still early-to-bed children…there was no reason I couldn’t do it. So I signed up. With only a loose mental outline, some historical research of names, dates and census data and a very knowledgeable father who worked at ‘The Landing’, I set out on November 1st to write my story.
Well…my husband came back a month early from his deployment and my parents decided to come and visit for a week, but I still managed (after some sleepless nights) to pound out 50,000 words by November 29th. Yay me! If you’ve ever done NaNo, you’ll understand how pumped I was.
But then what?
It was a good, if short, story…so I had it edited. I played with it a bit. I workshopped it at WriteOnCon and in early spring of this year I decided to self-publish it so that I could share my little adventure with other lovers of the Landing. Maybe even with people across the globe. I had my proofreader do a final pass, and contacted the folks at Streetlight Graphics to make my fabulous cover and help me out with formatting. They also helped a bunch with uploading. TREASURE can now be found here on Amazon. Coming soon to Kobo, Nook and other platforms via Smashwords.
- The cover shot was taken by my father, David Corey at King’s Landing in the spring.
- My heroine’s name, Aminda, was my great, great grandmother’s name.
- Patrick (her love interest) is my husband’s middle name.
- The pirate gold legend of the Koac stream was told to me around campfire’s when I was a child.
Wow! Thanks Brenda. Sounds like your story has a lot of personal connections and meaning. That’s wonderful! And guess what everyone?
Brenda is offering a print copy to one random commenter and 5 ebooks to the first five to comment! Woo hoo! Check out her book at Amazon to read the opening.
Brenda Corey Dunne currently lives in Eastern Ontario on a small hobby farm with her family. When not writing, she works as a physiotherapist well fuelled by caffeine. She can also be found holding a horse, returning late library books or playing in the dirt. She blogs at brendacoreydunne.blogspot.ca and tweets as @overdunne. TREASURE IN THE FLAME is her first novel.
Not entering to win, but like the photo on the cover. Cool her father shot it.
Alex, are you sure you don’t want to win a copy? Being the first commenter you are entitled to it…
Brenda, your book sounds awesome! I used to be one of those costumed interpreters at a living museum near my childhood home in NJ. I loved it! Best job I ever had! I loved teaching school children about the early years of new American’s and the native tribes that lived in the area. So many stories!
Also not looking to win, and I just bought the ebook and can’t wait to read it! I loved visiting King’s Landing when I was living in the Maritimes.
I always hear that the best advice a writer can follow is to write about something they know…sounds like you’ve done that, Brenda, with a little flair of your awesome imagination thrown in. Hope your next novel is in the works!
Sounds like a labor of love! Congrats, Brenda.The photo on the cover is really amazing. Good luck with your book!
I read the intro to your book Brenda….it certainly makes you want to read more! Wishing you great success!!
Thanks everyone! The writing on the opening pages is terrific! I’m looking forward to the read.
Can’t wait to read the book…it sounds wonderful and what’s not to like…romance, mystery, Kings Landing – one of my favorite spots, and proud of an old friend who wrote it.
I love the connections from the real world that you used in the story – very cool! I’ve done NaNo a few times now – so I totally understand how pumped up you get!! 🙂
I am so amazed by you!! Congratulations on this amazing journey you have taken. I am from Fredericton so have been to Kings Landing so many times growing up and loved it.
It looks to me like Ansha, Jacquie, Heather and Mandy are definate ebook winners! If Alex is bowing out of the contest, we may have an extra ebook winner. 🙂
Ooops, just saw Jacquie has bowed out as well, that means the ebook winners are…*DRUM ROLL*…Ansha, Heather, Mandy, Laurie and Jemi! But because we only have six commenters (plus Laura who I’m happily sending an ecopy to as a thank you), I’d like to offer Ansha the opportunity to take the paperback copy instead (first entered commenter). Would that be okay Ansha?
Hi Brenda! Your book sounds great. I read a lot of historical fiction/romance/science fiction/fantasy..I love steampunk in particular which combines all of the above. What is nanowrimo, or whatever? It sounds like something I should know about…
Kristi go to NaNoWriMo.org and check it out. In November, writers pedge to write 50k words (about the size of a novel) in 30 days. I’ve done it two years in a row now…amazing what you can do in a month. 🙂
Just want everyone to know how very proud I am of my seeeeester(sister)! I have read “Treasure in the Flame”, and loved it!
Thank you, my wonderful (and not-biased at all) seeeester!
Thanks Brenda, so much! I can’t wait to read your book!! Congratulations on getting it out there!