History of writing projects (2009 to 2021)

 

It is important to note that for my fictional diaries "Veronica's Soap Opera Life," "Veronica's Attempt at Romance," and "Veronica's Happily Ever After" I purposely let errors to make it look more authentic.  Not many people liked that idea, but I don't like to follow rules.  I prefer to be original.  Some people have asked me if Veronica was me.  She was in part based on me, like many of my main characters, but she does not have the exact same personality as me.  The diaries are definitely not my own. I actually only ever owned a diary as a child, and I think people would fall asleep reading it.  My Veronica books are works of fiction, like the majority of my publications. 

I wrote my horror novel "Just.Another.Common.Killer" becauseI am obsessed with Halloween and love horror stories.  I became fascinated with Jack the Ripper during my trip to London England and decided to write a story based on him.  His reincarnation really.  I wanted to create the worst human monster ever and from the comments I received I think I succeeded. 

I polished up some of my old stories and came up with brand new ones for  "Thirteen-A compilation of Thirteen Short Stories."

The book "Sdrawkcab" was originally written for my son, who was 11 years old at the time.  The idea first came to me in a dream.  I then worked with my son on each chapter, reading him my drafts and listening to his input and told me what he would like to have in the story.  He was so happy when I gave him a copy of the published book, and carried it around with him. 

My fictional book "Hope" was written when I was really sick and desperate to make people understand what living with Colitis is like.  I have to admit that it is not my best work.  The article I wrote, "Living with Colitis," for The Suburban newspaper was much better.  In this article, I mentioned that my book earnings for Hope in 2013 would be donated to the CCFC (Crohn's and Colitis foundation of Canada) and am very grateful to those who made the donation possible.  After being in Remission for about htree years, I ran into some complications and wrote another article. "The complications of having Colitis and being on Remicade" was published on The Suburban newspaper's website on July 22 2016.  In 2018, I wrote another article intitled "Forty Infisions, and Hundreds More to Go" which mainly describes what it means to be in clinical remision. This article was published on The Suburban newspaper's website on March 31 2018.

I started working for The Suburban Newspaper in 2012.  Word got around that I was an author and I was soon told that I could write short stories for the online magazine if I wanted, even though the Suburban had never published fiction in 50 years of existence.  I was very thrilled and wrote the family oriented short stories in my Emily series, which got published in The Suburban Online Magazine between April 2013 and April 2014.  All twelve stories were then compiled into a book called Emily-A Compilation of Short Stories because a lot of people wanted to have a hard copy rather than read the stories online.  The cover of the book was a finalist in the AUTHORSdB 2014 cover contest and ended up winning a silver badge.

 

While I was working on different short stories, I wrote the novella "Not Alone," which I independently published.  I keep a travel journal and many of my trips have inspired my stories.  I came up with this particular story after a trip to Moncton, New Brunswick.  I started working on the sequel after a reader asked if I was going to continue writing about Harmony and her family.  ``Really Not Alone`` was released ealy in 2015.  I published a third book in the unplanned series later that same year, which was called ``Harmony`` 

 

Other publishers started asking me to submit my work but they had word limitations, which is something I was not used to.  I managed to write something within the criteria and my short story "Born to Sing" got approved for publication. My poem "Hiding in the Wilderness" got chosen for two magazines. I don't usually like to share my poetry because I find it very personal, but "Hiding in the Wilderness" reads more like a story and has absolutely nothing to do with my personal life.

 

The 2014 Aspiring to Inspire Woman Writers magazine, where my poem "Hiding in the Wilderness" and short story "Born to Sing" was published, made it to #1 on the Smashwords Female Authors Literary Collections.  I was pretty excitted when I received the news that I technically became a bestselling author that morning. 

 

Author Amber M. Royce had the brilliant idea to compile motherhoodstories together.  Although I usually prefer to write fiction, I was happy to write a memoir for "They Call me MamaBear."  I felt really exposed writing about myself rather than a character, but am happy I shared my true story.  Since the story meant so much to me, I decided to publish it seperately later on.  My Memoir of Motherhood (From 2000 to 2014) was released in June 2014.

I wrote alot of poetry in the past but never shared it with anyone because it was too personal.   I poured my heart and soul into my compositions and that is part of the reason I didn't like to share my poems with anyone in the past.  I don't like to feel vulnerable and having others read my poems made me feel naked.  I started writing more story like poems that had nothing to do with how I was feeling and that led me to putting myself in he shoes of a character the same way I do when I write short stories and novels.  I envision how that person would feel and write the poem asthough I were them.  Exposing that type of poetry makes me feel much less vulnerable.     I was rummaging through some of my old work and decided it was time to stop hiding.   I must admit that I am a bit rusty when it comes to writing new poems.  I am not as quick about the rhymes and flow as I used to be.  I guess part of me is still holding back from exposing myself too much.  I much prefer to write fictional stories, even if people recognise part of me in most of the main characters.  All this to say that I submited some of my poetry and it got approved for publication in the Anthology Words of Fire and Ice.  This book quickly became a bestseller shortly after it's release, so I was pretty happy. 

I enjoyed working with Durham Editing and submitted my short story "Rain or Shine" for their summer Anthology.  I had originally submitted my sci-fi horror story "The experiment Gone Wrong" for Aspiring to Inspire and it ended up not being included in that anthology because of its length.  Durham asked me if I would like them to include it in their summer anthology, so of course I said yes.  It was published in Summer Shorts II: Best Ket Secret, which was released in June 2014

I continued to write for Durham's publications.  My Friendship Memoir entitled ''Friends Forever'' as well as my mmeoir ''How I met my Boyfriend'' got approved for publication in Durham Editing's memoir anthology, It's About Living  Around the sae time, my two short stories "Ghost Child" and "A Pleasant Fall Morning" were approved for publication in the fall anthology, Autumn Magic.  I was thrilled to be working with them again on two new books.

Shortly after, I wrote "Timmy's Wish" and "The Visiting Elves," which were included in the Anthology Snowflakes and Memories put together by Durham Editing.  This finished off the year 2014 greatly. 

WISe-mag had approached me and asked me to consider submitting my work to them.  I took the introduction of a novel I never wrote and turned it into a short story.  My Adoptive Parents are Aliens got approved for publication.  The free online magazine was originally supposed to be published in September 2014 but got postponed twice.  It was finally released in June 2015. I was the cover model.

in 2015-2016, I took a break from writing fictional and true stories for the purpuse of publishing to concentrate on a series of personal memoirs revolving around my growing relationship with my husband, in order to make a time capsule which I have created online.  (The website was first secret then made public).

I ended up having to go on sick leave during the summer of 2016 and a story idea came to me. Memories of a trip I had done to London, England many years before as well as a day at a Medieval festival inspired the paranormal and historical book "Past Lives." The book cover won a bronze badge in the  Authorsbd 2016 book cover contest.

During my battle fighting my digestive illness, I decided to write a book for others suffering like me which would include tips and recipes. Since this project was not meant to bring me any money, I will be donating all profits of "Advice and Recipes for People with Crohn's and Colitis" to Crohn's and Colitis Canada. I also built a webpage with all the book info. In addition, I wrote a breif article intitled "Increasing Public Bathrooms for People with IBD" wich was published on The Suburban Newspaper's website.

 

While I was still on sick leave, I ended up doing a short outdoors photo shoot with a friend of mine who is a profesional photographer. I wore one of my medieval dresses for the shoot, and my friend had me pretend that I was casting a spell for a few of the pictures. He later used photoshop to created light coming out of my hands in one photo. That particular photo gave me inspiration, and I started writing a fantasy book which I then entitled The Prophecy. I published the book in April 2017.

During one of my Colitis Fareups, I wrote another article which I entitled "Fourty Nine Infusion and Hundreds More to go". It was published in The Suburban Newspaper's website on March 31 2018.

Three of my short stories were approved for publication in the 2018 issue of Wise-Mag, but the project kept getting porstponed so I eventually ended up submittig the same stories to another online magazine after a coupld of years of putting my writting on hold. "A walk in the Woods" was featured in the January 2021 issue of Mom's Favorite Reads eMagazine.

My short story "Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride" as well as "Snow Day" were then published in the February 2021 issue of Mom's Favorite Reads eMagazine. "Nostalgia" was the published in the March 2021 issue.

While working on other short stories for Mom's Favorite Reads eMagazine, I published my book "I'll Take You to See the Ocean."

My memoir "Memories of Ireland" was published in the April 2021 issue of Mom's Favorite Reads eMagazine.

Getting back to short stories, "Travelling Through a Painting" as well as "Alpaca Therapy" were published in the May 2021 issue of Mom's Favorite Reads eMagazine.

I originally wrote the short story "Hidden Secrets" for submission to Mom's favorite Reads, but felt it might be too long for a magazine so decided to publish it on its own in May 2021. 

Mom's Favorite Reads changed their submission guidelines to less then 2000 words which was a challenge for me, but I managed to write a couple of things. my short memoir "Tears from Heaven" (in memory of my grandfather) as well as my poetic little story "The Field of Wishes" were published in the July 2021 issue of Mom's Favorite Reads e-Magazine. In addition, my short story (memoir) "Persephone was published in the September 2021 issue.