Nine writers – Seasonal Collective – from both sides of the Atlantic, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have created this miscellany of stories.
These tales of family, mystery, intrigue, adventure, and suspense will take you across continents, through time and space in this world and others. With a linking theme of autumn, discover new landscapes, encounter new and intriguing characters, uncover secrets and lies, and witness the resolution of old enmities.
Take the first step on this roller-coaster of an emotional journey, and you won’t be disappointed.
We are a consortium of nine authors, from both sides of the Atlantic, who have put together the anthology Autumn Paths and five of us have provided answers to the questions below.
- When and where do you prefer to write?
Pierre said: Like many people who are also following their passion of telling stories, I’m not yet earning a living with my imagination. So, finding time to write isn’t always filled with many options. There was a time I’d have told you that I write best in short bursts much later in the evenings. As for where, I have a home office and I’ve taken to using a small table which I keep next to my actual desk. When writing, I need to have nothing but my laptop and notes on this table as anything else becomes a distraction.
Pierre C Arsenault authored the story ‘The Path to Redemption’ in which his central character, Myles, reluctantly returns home only to find he is revisiting a past that he’d happily left behind.
- Do you have a certain ritual?
S.C. said: I can’t say that I do, at least not for the last number of years. When I started writing more seriously, around nine or ten years ago, I would wake up at the same time every morning, sit in the same chair, follow the same steps, and write for one or two hours. In those sessions, I had a block of time set aside to perform a series of varied tasks, like doing research, reading writing-related material, responding to emails or posting on my social media pages. It seemed like a good plan and it worked for a while. Then, some days, I would be too eager to write and would jump directly into the story. With time, this started to happen more and more.
Since then, we have moved to a new house and added young children to our family. I don’t have a dedicated space for writing anymore and my schedule has become quite chaotic. As a result, I write when I can, where I can, sometimes for a mere fifteen minutes, sometimes in the morning and sometimes late at night. It makes having a ritual quite difficult. I guess you could say that I don’t have the luxury of having a ritual anymore. It’s part of the challenge of being a part-time author, balancing writing with family, other hobbies, and a full-time job.
C. Eston created the story ‘Red Stars’ which is set on a faraway world where a woman is looking for her lost family.
- Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Angela said: For me it’s mostly coffee and chocolate, but not always in that order. And when I say ‘chocolate’, I’m using that word in its widest sense – milk, dark, white, with or without biscuits, doughnuts or eclairs attached! I’ll even accept chocolate hidden in a cookie or a muffin.
Angela Wren crafted ‘The Booksellers Secret Octavo’, a mystery story set in the beautiful rolling countryside of the old Ducs de Berry in central France.
- What is your favourite book?
Monique said: My favourite book is the critically acclaimed novel ‘October Light’ by New York-born John Gardner (1933-1982) for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Monique Thébeau wrote ‘The Maze’, a tale about kids suffering abuse from the people who should love them the most and the people who dare to rescue them.
- Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Allan said: I mainly write action/adventure stories but yes, I like to switch genres, especially historical fiction and I am working on one now, the follow-up to The Alexanders Volume 2. I’d like to try a Young Adult and more WW2 stories.
Allan Hudson is responsible for the story ‘Warriors and Trickery’, a tale about why children and busy soldiers don’t always mix well.
- Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Pierre said: The short answer to this is no. Although, I do often use names from people I know. And if I have used your name, you can take that as a compliment because it means I really like it so much I’ve given it to one of my characters. However, I can say there was a book I wrote called Poplar Falls; the Death of Charlie Baker in which most of the characters in this novel were written with certain actors in mind. My character of Emma O’Brien was inspired by Betty White, Bill O’Brien was inspired by Ray Walston, Sadie Cross was inspired by Anna Kendrick, Lucy Shaffer by Amy Schumer, etc…. not that I mean they were the characters, but I pictured these actors playing these characters I had created.
You can follow Pierre at http://www.mysteriousink.ca/
- Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
S.C. said: I don’t, but that’s because I have notebooks all over the place. I have one in my night table, the kitchen, the basement, and one in each of our cars. I used to only have one but would forget to bring it, so having them all over the place works better for me. I have also started using my cellphone when there is no paper in close proximity. I have to say, though, that I enjoy scribbling the notes better than entering them on my phone. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m just old school.
The challenge, as you can imagine, is to bring back all those notes to a central location. For me, that location is my laptop. I keep all my writing stuff on it. So, as often as I can, I copy the notes from the notebooks to my laptop, where they become available later when I need them.
You can follow SC at http://www.sceston.ca/
- Which genre do you not like at all?
Monique said: That has to be romance.
You can follow Monique on Amazon
- If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Angela said: There are lots of people I would like to work with – some of them, like Shakespeare, long dead! But I guess it would have to be our greatest living author, playwright, diarist and Yorkshireman, Alan Bennett.
You can follow Angela at http://www.angelawren.co.uk/
- If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
Allan said: A story I have planned for the fourth Jo Naylor adventure takes place in New Zealand and I would love to visit there. Especially the locale used for the filming of the Lord of the Rings.
You can follow Allan at http://www.southbranchscribbler.ca/
Thank you, auhors and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the authors
Sandra Bunting’s publications include two books of short fiction, a poetry collection, a non-fiction book besides articles, poems and stories in numerous literary magazines. Sandra is on the editorial board of the Irish-based literary magazine, Crannóg, and worked at NUI Galway where she set up the Academic Writing Centre and taught Creative Writing and TEFL teacher training. Now living in Atlantic Canada, she is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, New Brunswick Writers Federation, Words on Water Miramichi, the Grand Barachois group Women Who Write and the Galway Writers’ Workshop.
Pierre C Arseneault
The youngest of eleven children, Pierre C. Arseneault grew up in the small town of Rogersville New Brunswick. As a cartoonist, Pierre was published in over a dozen newspapers. As an author, he has five titles published so far:
Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013)
Sleepless Nights (2014)
Oakwood Island (2016) Poplar Falls – The Death of Charlie Baker (2019) Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020)
Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. His writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work. His publisher has just launched his latest novel, set in Ireland and England, entitled Her Irish Boyfriend, fifth in the international suspense-thriller series: Donovan: Thief For Hire. He has just completed and published the second novel in a new cozy mystery series, set in a fictional town in New Brunswick, and is now finishing the follow-up in this series. – Chuck recently completed tenure on National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada; – Acted as Writer in Residence at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts, 2019; – Acknowledged as an author of note in the Miramichi Literary Trail installation, 2021.
Steve C Eston
Steve C. Eston always had a conflicting love for the fantastical and the scientific, which led him to write both fantasy and science-fiction. He has three published books: Deficiency (2020), The Conclave (2018) and The Burden of the Protector (2016). He also has several short stories available for free download on his website. He lives in Fredericton with his wife and children.
Angela Wren is an actor and director at a theatre in Yorkshire, UK. An avid reader, she has always loved stories of any description. She writes the Jacques Forêt crime novels set in France and is a contributing author to the Miss Moonshine anthologies. Her short stories vary between romance, memoir, mystery and historical. Angela has had two one-act plays recorded for local radio.
Monique Thébeau is retired and lives in Riverview, New Brunswick. She has published a murder mystery In the Dark of Winter (which she is currently translating) and a French historical novel of her hometown, Saint-Louis-de-Kent. She is as passionate about building suspense in her stories as she is about gardening and being a grand-parent.
Jeremy Thomas Gilmer
Jeremy Thomas Gilmer is a writer of short fiction and nonfiction. He has been longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize, won the inaugural Short Story Day Africa Flash Fiction Prize and was selected as the writer-in-residence at the KiRA residency in 2018. Jeremy is the Art and Literature editor-at-large for The East magazine. Gilmer has spent over twenty-five years as an Engineering Consultant on environmental, energy, and mining projects. Born in New Brunswick, Gilmer grew up in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Canada and has lived and worked in over forty countries. He splits his time between Eastern Canada and Brazil.
Allan Hudson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his writing. He is an author of action/adventure novels, historical fiction and a short story collection. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & In the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation competition. He has stories published on commuterlit.com, The Golden Ratio and his blog – South Branch Scribbler.
Angella Cormier grew up in Saint Antoine, a small town in south east New Brunswick, Canada. This is where her love of reading and writing was born. Her curious nature about everything mysterious and paranormal helped carve the inspiration for her passion of writing horror and mystery stories. She is also a published poet, balancing out her writing to express herself in these two very opposing genres. Previous titles include: Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020), Oakwood Island (2016), A Maiden’s Perception – A collection of thoughts, reflections and poetry (2015) and Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013, written as Angella Jacob).
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