Well everyone the time is near. No, not for the second coming but time for my book launch.
Just about one year ago to the day, I finished up a week-long screenwriters workshop on Prince Edward Island, where my script, Sisters of Avalon, got accepted to be part of the 2013 PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp. My little class of 6, plus our mentor, Tom Shoebridge, made a very big impact on me that week, and set me on the path of becoming a novelist. Mr. Shoebridge, eloquently told me that if I write the book first, than they would come to me for the screenplay. I was overwhelmed by his encouragement and made a promise to him on the last day of “camp” to take Sisters of Avalon down a different road. And what a journey it has been.
After my workshop, I started writing the outline for my book, not knowing really where I would take it next. When a little angel stopped by, and tapped me on the shoulder during the late days of September 2013, I listened. That angel found a way to let me know that I could pitch my idea at the Word on The Street festival. When I saw the posting stating that there would be a limited number of spots available, I jumped in head first. Being that it was late in the game, I managed to get the very last spot available. I had a couple amazing angels taking care of me that week.
The day of the pitch came, and I was over the moon. Not only did I land myself a coveted pitching slot, but I also won a contest that the festival was running to sail on the Silva with several east coast authors. Starting my day out on the water with the likes of Greg Malone, and my fellow book clubbing momma’s, was invigorating to say the least. I got to chat up one of my favourite Newfoundland comedians. He was a sweetheart, a real gem as they say back home. Nothing like being out on the water and feeling the salt water spray on your skin.
The wind was blowing a wicked gale that day, but her breeze helped to calm my nerves. The time came to pitch the publisher(s). I stood at the back of a room, about 30 strangers in from of me and I let my story loose. There was a presence with me in the room that day, and at some point during my ramblings to the panel, I felt something shift. A voice from outside my head said, “my dear, that’s good, you got it.” Than sure enough, there he was, Mr. Terry Biles, my soon to be publisher for Sisters of Avalon. Terry and I agreed to meet in the coming weeks to discuss signing me for RedemptionHouse Publishing.
I eagerly began writing in October of last year, and many drafts later here I am, about to launch my first novel. Not only was my story too big for my screenplay, but I came to find out it was also too big for just one book. There are still two more books waiting in the wings that will become part of my Bride Family Trilogy. I cannot make it stop, and nor do I want to. I am a writing addict, and the Bride family have become part of my psyche. My clan of sisters live in Bridgette’s Cove, Newfoundland, a fictional place I created for my characters. Even though I grew up in scenic Green Bay, my book takes place on the Avalon Peninsula, simply because my characters ancestry dates back to the times of Arthur, and the Isle of Avalon. I wanted to tie both places together and link my story accordingly. I have always loved stories that have an air of mythos about them and have brought some of that into the Bride’s story. I cannot wait to share my book with you all.
Sisters of Avalon is set to launch in Nova Scotia near the end of June ish. I have a group of wonderful friends who will no doubt help me plan a stellar book release, once the time comes. But, and this is a big BUT, I fantasize daily about bringing my book back home to Newfoundland. My publisher of course cannot make this happen as they are located here. I know they would love to be able to say,”yes Renée, fill your boots” but it’s just not a reality for them right now. Going back home to share my book with my island people would mean the world to me. I have a large family, and many great friends who have supported me on this journey, who live in Newfoundland, and sharing this experience with them is very important to me. Which is why my wonderful sidekick, helped me put an Indiegogo campaign together. I knew very little about crowd funding until my hubby mentioned it, but when I checked it out, I thought, why not? I am not one to give up on my dreams so I am going to give this Indiegogo thing a go, go!
If you have a second, and wouldn’t mind checking out my page I would greatly appreciate it. And if you cannot donate than that’s ok, maybe you wouldn’t mind sharing it for me on your Facebook page or on Twitter. I am even cool with you calling home and telling yer mudder about it too, lol. I will take what I can get, and will sing your praises to the heavens.
Here it is, R.H. Downs Indiegogo campaign.
P.S. I would also like to give a special shout out to @jeffmacarthur for generously allowing us to borrow his equipment for our video. Thank you Jeff.
And another thank you to David who reads my blog and sent along this little guy. Thank you, your gift is a great treasure for this E11ephant lady.
See you next week.