Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for With Malice by Eileen Cook. We have a great guest post from Eileen, and we’re giving away a copy of her book — so be sure to keep reading for all the details!
Growing up I was a total library junkie. I’d go every week along with my parents and pick out a giant stack of books to take home. (I am still in awe that there are all these fabulous books that they let you take home for FREE.) The librarian in my hometown was amazing. She’d always recommend a book and pass on her favorites. One day, I shyly confided to her that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. She marched me over to the shelves and found where I fit on the alphabet. Then she shoved her hand in and pushed the books on either side over. I asked her what she was doing and she told me: “I’m making room for the books you’ll write someday.”
I never forgot that moment. Often when things weren’t going well for me in my writing I’d picture that shelf and think that there was a space waiting for me. It was the first time that someone who wasn’t a family member or a friend expressed that they believed in me.
The best publishing advice came much later when I took a writing class with Canadian writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote. I whined to her that I was worried that if I sent my work out there I would be rejected. I couldn’t imagine how horrible it would be to write something and have someone tell me that it was no good. I worried that it would mean I’d never reach my dream. Ivan said to me: “You realize that you’re already not published, right? The worst thing that will happen is that you still won’t be published.”
That was my light bulb moment. I realized that while being rejected wouldn’t be fun, I could survive it. I knew what I would really regret is never having tried at all. After all- I had a library shelf to fill.
A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend–only what if the accident wasn’t an accident?
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.
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Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight different languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her newest book, WITH MALICE, will be out in June 2016. She’s an instructor/mentor with the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two very naughty dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.
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3 winners will receive finished copies of WITH MALICE; US Only.
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