Lynette Loeppky

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Cease, a Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire
Genre: Creative Non-fiction

Quick description: Shadowed by secrets and desire, Cease unfolds as a brilliant and devastating memoir of how two women face the unpredictable forces of love and death. Compelling, terrifying, and unforgettable, this portrait will seize every reader’s heart and the head in equal measure. Lynette’s unflinching gaze at the cataclysm of loss is vivid and intense, a coruscation of outrageously candid resilience. Cease is unique, transfixing, and beautifully written. ~ Aritha van Herk

Cease, the tough-and-tender debut memoir from Alberta writer Lynette Loeppky tells the story of a young woman who has decided to leave an eight-year relationship. As Lyn begins to plan her exit, her partner Cecile suddenly falls ill. In a tumultuous drop towards a complicated end, the young woman is forced to become sole caregiver to the woman she had been planning to leave. Cease illuminates the delicate, and sometimes damaging, power imbalances in relationship and explores the complexities of how we love and why we stay.

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Brief biography:
Lynette Loeppky was born and raised on the Manitoba prairie by Mennonite parents. She began writing after receiving a BA in Russian Language and Literature from the University of Calgary. She now lives in Calgary with her dogs, Noddy and Charlie, who do an excellent job of getting her away from her computer and out into the elements on a daily basis. Cease is her first book.

Links to buy Lynette’s book:
OOLICHAN BOOKS
AMAZON.CA – Paperback and Kindle editions
AMAZON.COM – Paperback and Kindle editions
CHAPTERS/INDIGO – Paperback and Kobo editions
McNALLY ROBINSON – Paperback Edition
SHELF LIFE BOOKS, CALGARY, AB
ALL LIT UP

Lynette’s promo links:
Website
Facebook

Globe and Mail Review
CBC Interview, Daybreak Alberta

What are you working on now?
I’m currently exploring several different ideas and am waiting to see which one of them takes hold as a piece that I can’t let go of. Don’t know yet. I prefer to work on a large canvas so I expect it will be another book.

Lynette’s reading recommendation:
Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

Teresa Karlinski

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The latest release includes two non-fiction stories in the anthology, Slices of Life.

Written by 17 writers, these stories span from childhood to old-age, some humorous, others challenging.

Quick description: The Entrepreneur – a young girl learns through setting up a lemonade stand, and Bibliotherapy, examines a women’s book club.

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Brief biography:
Teresa Karlinski lives with her cat, Lady Gaga, in Ontario, Canada. She is a grandmother and a student of life. Although retired, she hasn’t enough time to read her overwhelming collection of books. Days consist of reading, writing and blogging. Her stories appear in various magazines and anthologies.

Links to buy Teresa’s book:
Amazon (available in print copy only)

Teresa’s promo links:
Blog: How the cookie crumbles

E-mail: cookiecrumbles2012 (at) gmail.com & TeresaKarlinski (at) gmail.com

What are you working on now?
Editing short stories for publication, the current one involves a lonely retiree and her cat.

Teresa’s reading recommendation:
The Fishers of Paradise by Canadian author Rachael Preston. The story is set in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930 and deals with the consequences of choices. Riveting.

Pam Chamberlain

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters – Nonfiction (memoir), edited by Pam Chamberlain

Quick description: In In the Company of Animals, 37 writers from across Canada tell thought-provoking stories of extraordinary encounters with animals. From tributes to a beloved cat or dog to tales of a chance encounter with a moose or a bear, these stories are sure to entertain and enlighten. The writers — including Farley Mowat, Richard Wagamese, David Weale, Linda Johns, Anny Scoones, and David Adams Richards — are people who spend time in the company of animals, paying close attention to them and the lessons they can teach us.

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Brief biography:
Pam Chamberlain grew up on a mixed farm in east-central Alberta and studied English at Augustana University College and the University of Alberta. She’s been teaching English literature, composition, and creative writing for twenty years. In 2010, she edited and published published Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada (Nimbus Publishing), a collection of stories about life in rural Canada. She lives in Calgary.

Links to buy Pam’s book:
Nimbus Publishing
McNally Robinson
Chapters

Pam’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
A book-length memoir about growing up in a small agricultural community

Pam’s reading recommendation:
Richard Wagamese’s For Joshua and One Native Life

Melanie Neale

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass – memoir

Quick description: Boat Girl is a memoir of what it’s like to grow up aboard a sailboat.

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Melanie’s family lived aboard a 47-foot sailboat, spending their summers along the US East Coast and their winters in the Bahamas. But the cruising life was not all fun in the sun. The family had to work hard to pay for their way of life. They dodged hurricanes, overzealous federal agents and bullying land-kids. And they endured a boatload of family drama. As her father published articles about how living on a boat brings families together, Melanie secretly struggled with an eating disorder, the alienation of being a boat kid, and confusion over her developing sexuality. As an adult, she lived aboard her own 28-foot sailboat and had several relationships trying to find someone who wasn’t intimidated by her stubborn independence and free-spirited lifestyle. Boat Girl weaves all this together into a story about a girl who, once all is said and done, simply wants her own boat and her own life.

Melanie paints a vivid picture of the trials and tribulations of family life aboard a sailboat without drowning the reader in the technical details of sailing. Boat Girl strikes a perfect balance between a coming of age story and a sea tale, enjoyable for boaters and land-lovers alike.

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Brief biography:
Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47′ sailboat with her parents and her sister. The family traveled the US East Coast and the Bahamas from the mid 1980’s to the end of the 1990’s, and both daughters were home-schooled until they went to college. Melanie began writing poetry and short stories when she was a young child, and she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Florida International University in 2006. She lived aboard her own 28′ sailboat while in graduate school in Miami. She has taught college, captained and crewed on boats, detailed boats, worked in a bait shop, worked in marketing, and currently works as the Director of Career Services for a private art college in northern Florida, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Melanie has published fiction, poetry and nonfiction in many literary journals and magazines, including Soundings, Seaworthy, Southwinds, GulfStream, Latitudes & Attitudes, The Miami Herald’s Tropical Life Magazine, Balancing the Tides, The Georgetown Review, RumBum.com and Florida Humanities. She is also a recipient of several awards for her writing. Her “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009. Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass is her first book.

Links to buy Melanie’s book:
Amazon Worldwide – eBook & print
Amazon Audio
Barnes & Noble – print
Smashwords – eBook

Melanie’s promo links:
Website
Facebook
Twitter

What are you working on now?
I’m working on another memoir. It’s a follow-up to Boat Girl, but will be about the downfall of one of the last great live-aboard marinas in the Miami area (and about life as a single twenty-something adventure-seeking academic female living among boat bums at the same marina). I’m passionate about it, attached to it, and dedicated, but between my day job and my family it’s a struggle to find time.

Melanie’s reading recommendation:
Cecilia M. Fernandez’s Leaving Little Havana

Jo Dibblee

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Frock Off: Living Undisguised – Memoirs, Family Relationships

Quick description:
Frock Off is a memoir about the power of blind optimism in the face of adversity, abject poverty, tragedy, neglect, rejection, assault and betrayal.

“With parents tormented by secrets, guilt, and shame, Jo Dibblee quickly learned to protect herself. Faced with her parents’ alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression, along with the sexual assault and stalking of an “upstanding” foster parent, Jo began, early in life, to use a coping strategy she now calls frocking.

With humor and hope, Jo shares the harrowing rollercoaster of her life story and gives the low-down on frocking—how she learned it and used it to survive, how she found it holding her back and what she had to do to, once and for all – Frock Off.

Despite harsh truths, brushes with death and agonizing betrayals, Jo’s heart shines through these pages, offering promise, wisdom and inspiration to any reader who has learned to hide and longs to be free.

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Brief biography:
Jo Dibbee was born in Fort Saint John BC, Canada. She is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, facilitator, bestselling author and entrepreneur.

She currently resides in Calgary with her husband, bonus son, Bella her puppy and Tequila her challenging cat. She is also the mother of two adult children and the grandmother of two adorable grandsons.

She spent the first few months of life sleeping in a cereal box in a one bedroom home shared with nine other family members. Her life could best be described as nomadic.

With good reason, she was a key witness for the RCMP in a murder investigation. She quickly became a frock-wearing, card-carrying, disguise expert for thirty five plus years.

Links to buy Jo’s book:
Amazon Canada
Amazon US
In Calgary: Self Connection Books

Jo’s promo links:
Website
Facebook Page: Frock Off: Living Undisguised
Twitter

What are you working on now?
Currently we are working on a frock-alicious life series, supporting guides and future events

Jo’s reading recommendation:
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Brian Brennan

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada (RMB, 2011) My autobiography. Creative nonfiction, which means I made some of it up. Think David Sedaris without the sardonic wit.

Quick description: The story of my coming to Canada from Ireland in the 1960s, first touring the country as a singing pianist, then working for a Prince George radio station as a newsie, and finally embarking on a 30-year career as a print journalist and author.

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Brief biography:
I worked as a staff writer at the Calgary Herald for 25 years before turning my hand to writing narrative nonfiction books about the social history and colourful characters of Western Canada’s past. I’ve now published 10 titles with no end in sight.

Links to buy Brian’s book:
All the relevant bookseller links for Leaving Dublin are on the RMB publisher’s author page here: rmbooks.com
Overdrive – for libraries

Brian’s promo links:
Brian’s Blog
Facebook
Brian Brennan’s Life Stories – Facebook Page
Twitter

What are you working on now? A sequel to Scoundrels and Scallywags: Characters from Alberta’s Past (Fifth House, 2002), which has sold more than 10,000 copies to date. I’m also contributing feature pieces to factsandopinions.com

Brian’s reading recommendation: Wayne Grady’s Emancipation Day (Doubleday, 2013) Grady was all set to write this book as a nonfiction history of his own family after a surprising discovery about his racial origins. But after working on it for more than 20 years, he decided it would work better as a novel. It does.