After 20 years in PR I decided it was time to...just write. Now, I am a published, award-winning author, developmental book editor, author mentor and partner publisher (www.ocpublishing.ca). I post thoughts on my writer's journey and share my experiences as an author, editor and publisher and highlight the books of authors I am publishing. I welcome guest bloggers and do author interviews. Enjoy my blog and feel free to comment.
I'm excited to share that today (March 31st) OC Publishing author, Apple Gidley’s latest novel, Transfer, launches. It's the 102nd
anniversary of the transfer in 1917 of Saint Croix from Danish to American
rule. If you read Gidley’s first novel, Fireburn, and want to know what is going on in the lives of the characters you came to love, Transfer
continues the story of those living at Anna’s Fancy.
Reviewers love it! “Apple Gidley’s striking new novel captivates from its very first page,”
said Jack Scott, author, Perking the Pansies. “This is adeft
and well-crafted plot, effortlessly weaving its way through the
politically-charged uncertainty of the Danish West Indies and presenting us
with such authentic and credible characters that the overall effect is
Gidley, an Anglo-Australian author who divides her
time between Houston, Texas and Saint Croix, USVI, has revelled in the cultures
of the twelve countries she has called home, but now spends most of her time in
the islands. Her European heritage and love of history spill onto the pages of Transfer,
drawing the reader in as the main characters live their lives between Saint
Croix, London, Paris and Copenhagen during a tumultuous time in history.
“When I first decided to write an historical novel about Saint Croix, I
envisaged it around the transfer to America,” said Gidley. “But whilst doing
the research I came across Fireburn, the worker uprising in 1878, and thought
it an interesting and little-known piece of history.”
As the author worked on her first novel and the characters of Niels, Javier
and Fabiana developed, she decided to separate the storyline into two books.
The sequel, Transfer, follows the lives of the younger generation as
each plays a part in the islands’ history. The characters grapple not only with
the challenges of unsettled times, but with the clash of cultures and race.
“Initially Niels is like many young people - trying to find his way.
Fabiana, on the other hand, was born to be an artist,” said Gidley.
“Reading Apple Gidley’s Transfer, will give you
detailed insight into life in the then Danish West Indies,” said Michael
Keldsen, editor of Magasinet, the magazine of the Danish West
Indian Society. “What makes the book interesting is the story it tells of a
gallery of individuals, most of them from the islands with a variety of
national backgrounds, and certainly not with an insular approach to life and
Author, Apple Gidley
Gidley’s roles have been varied - magazine editor,
intercultural trainer, interior designer, and Her Britannic Majesty’s Honorary
Consul while in Equatorial Guinea. Now writing full time, she evocatively
portrays peoples and places with empathy and humour. She is currently working
on her third novel which is set in 1950’s Malaya. More on the author and her
books can be found at https://www.ocpublishing.ca/apple-gidley.html orwww.applegidley.com.
As we approach launch day for Lynda Faye Schmidt's novel, The Healing , a women's fiction/family drama based on the author's life, we're excited to announce the blog tour schedule and introduce you to the bloggers and book reviewers who have joined the tour. The tour begins on launch day, April 23rd. Take a look, follow these bloggers and make sure you visit on the tour dates indicated (check back regularly for updates): Pre-Tour - March 2 - Thrive Global - pre-launch announcement April 16 - Fit for Joy - pre-launch podcast interview with Lynda April 23 - IndieView - author Q&A with Lynda April 24 - Canadian Bookworm - featuring a guest blog by Lynda, "What Inspired Me" April 26 - Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight April 29 - Storybook Reviews - review May 4 - Help Me Sara - podcast interview May 13 - My Question Life - review and author interview June 30 - Reader's Favorite - review Date TBD - Maryse's Book Blog - review Date
On August 26th, we will launch Ailsa Keppie's much awaited memoir, By the Light of the Crescent Moon . On the same day we will launch her virtual book tour, featuring the blogs below joining the tour with reviews, author Q&As and guest posts. Visit and follow these blogs and make sure you follow the tour. As the posts go live we will update the links here to go direct to the tour post. Thanks to the following bloggers & podcasters who have joined the tour: Dartmouth Book Exchange - author spotlight - August 23-26 The IndieView - author Q&A - August 26 Sarah Butland's Imagination Captured - book review - August 26 The Author Journey with OC Publishing - author interview - August 26 Canadian Bookworm - guest post by Ailsa Keppie, Why I Wrote My Memoir - August 27 Just Reviews - book review - August 28 Storeybook Reviews - guest post by Ailsa Keppie, The Voice in My Head - August 29 Lisa Haselton's Reviews & Interviews - author Q&A - August 31 Laura&
We are saddened by the recent passing of the very vivacious, funny, gorgeous, and talented author, Jackie Arnason. Last year, at the age of 87, we published her first Children's book, Hambone-Why Pigs Have Curly Tails . After a brief illness, Jackie passed away in September of this year, while we were well-underway in the publishing process for her second book, Timothy Titus Terrance O'Toole and the Dragon. With the support of her family, we pressed on and will launch her book in December. Jackie Arnason A beloved story-teller to all those who knew and loved her, with the publishing of her first book, and now her second, a lifelong dream has been fulfilled. Her legacy will live on in the lessons and magical stories she shared through the years. A prairie girl, born in a small town in Saskatchewan, Jackie's childhood years in the 'Dirty Thirties' were hard but the local library became her haven where she escaped into worlds she could only dream of growing up in Reg