Welcome to The Write Spot, a bi-weekly author series spotlighting the many and varied places where writers write.My guest for this sixteenth edition is Canadian author, Brenda Chapman.
Brenda has had an eclectic writing career, writing for young adults, teens, and
adults, mainly in the mystery genre.
published series was the Jennifer Bannon mysteries for young adults. the
Canadian Library Association shortlisted
Hiding in Hawk's Creek, the second in
the series, for the 2006 Book of the Year for Children award.
mystery for adults called In Winter's
Grip was released in 2010. The Globe
and Mail called it "a fine debut for a talented writer."
currently has two adult series in the works:
Sweet novellas for adult literacy are published by Grass Roots Press in
Edmonton. Three of the four books in the series were nominated for major
awards, including an Arthur Ellis.
Cold Mourning, shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award for crime
novel of the year in 2014, is the first in the Stonechild and Rouleau police
procedurals series. Butterfly Kills
was released last year to critical acclaim and Tumbled Graves is hot off the press this month. All are published
by Dundurn Press.
teacher, Brenda lives in Ottawa where she now works as a senior
communications advisor with the federal government.
Brenda Chapman's Write Spot
Welcome, Brenda! Tell us what makes this 'The Write Spot' for you.
ago, when I first began writing short stories and a mystery series for young
adults, I didn't have a space of my own. I wrote at a desk in the living room
where my kids also hung out watching television. In some ways, this was a good
training ground for keeping me focused even with noise and interruptions. A few
years later, we decided to put an addition on the house and my husband Ted
suggested that we include an office for me.
Our carpenter friend made the desk
where I work and Ted built bookcases on either side of the gas fireplace. Ted
also built the table that sits between the two leather chairs that I bought
when I sold my first book. These chairs are where Ted and I sit at the end of
our workdays to catch up and where I've spent many hours reading crime fiction
or editing manuscripts. I love the view of our pine trees in the front yard
that I see when I'm writing at my computer. I also like the door into the
backyard where I take my laptop to write on hot summer days.
Other than your computer or laptop, what's the
one thing you couldn't be without in your Write Spot?
I have a
radio in my writing space that I would sorely miss. I like to listen to music
while I write, finding this relaxing or motivating as the case may be. I
particularly enjoy writing late into the evening on Saturday while listening to
music programs on CBC.
What are you working on now?
writing two mystery series for the past few years. Grass Roots Press, which is
an adult literacy publisher out of Edmonton, asked me to write a series of
novellas and I recently submitted the fifth. I'm awaiting the editor's changes,
which should arrive any day. The second series is the Stonechild and Rouleau
police procedurals set in Kingston, Ontario with forays into surrounding towns
and cities. I've submitted the fourth manuscript to Dundurn and while I wait
for the editing process to begin on this one, I've recently started work
on book five. I should add that Tumbled
Graves, the third in the series, was released at the end of February 2016,
resulting in more publicity and marketing work in addition to the writing
Just got my copy of Tumbled Graves and can't wait to dive in! Where can readers find out more about you and
are available from most bookstores and major booksellers or directly from the
Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman is available now from your favourite bookseller. Publisher's Weekly says: "Richly drawn
characters enhance this well-constructed, thoroughly enjoyable whodunit that
will leave readers eager for the next installment."
child. A dead mother. Kala Stonechild is about to discover what one betrayal
can lead to.
Delaney and her daughter, Violet, go missing, Jacques Rouleau is called upon to
investigate. However, struggling with the impending death of his ill ex-wife,
he sends Kala Stonechild and Paul Gundersund instead. Stonechild has been
trying to adapt to life as her young cousin Dawn’s guardian, and even though
Gundersund has offered support, Stonechild is at risk of losing custody.
second day of the investigation, Adele’s body turns up, dumped on the shoulder
of the highway with no sign of her daughter. Her husband, Ivo, denies any
involvement with either his wife’s death or their child’s disappearance, but
not everyone is convinced. As the investigation unfolds, Stonechild learns that
Adele was once entangled with a Montreal biker gang and heads to Quebec to
Stonechild and Gundersund juggle personal troubles and a complicated, dangerous
case, they find themselves piecing together a chain of disasters leading back
to a single betrayal.
The Write Spot:
I've always been fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes. Whether it's
backstage photos from my favourite play, a peek into the kitchen where a chef
is working her culinary magic, or simply a glimpse through an uncurtained
window into a stranger's private world, there's an undeniable thrill of
discovery, a sense of secrets shared. It's no surprise, then, that I'm
immensely curious about where other writers do their work. I've blogged about
it before in this post about my own 'write spot' and so enjoyed the comments, I
was inspired to launch a regular feature here at stillpoint. Watch for The
Write Spot every other Wednesday and join me as I discover the many and varied
places where writers write.
is the blog of Canadian author Cheryl Cooke Harrington
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