Interview with Lori Rowsell, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

lori phone oilWhat is your story about?
This story is loosely based on the illness that spread through the town of Lindsay, then Purdy’s Mills, back in the early 1800s.     It was a devastating illness for the town, wiping out nearly a third of its population and was most likely a malaria-type, insect related disease.

What inspired you to write this story?
Although the town was still in small in population when the ague struck, tragedy like that scars a community and it’s likely that a few ghosts were left behind. It was my aim to breathe some life into that tragedy while showcasing the beautiful cemeteries in Lindsay, in particular the St. Mary’s cemetery. As soon as you pull into the driveway there’s this single-lane winding road; the house, then the long lane flanked by perfectly aligned trees. It’s really quite pretty and peaceful.

How long have you lived in Kawartha Lakes? What attracted you to the area?
I’m an import, by way of Peterborough where I’ve lived most of my adult life. When we had a younger family and needed the space, Omemee was far enough outside Peterborough where we could actually afford a house with a yard so we took the plunge and moved. We’ve been here over eight years now and we love it.

What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
I love that there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s sports and athletics or cottaging, gardening, writing, theatre or music. I wish there was more of the latter few, but then maybe this anthology project will give us an opportunity to do something about it. 😀

What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
There always seems to be a dark element to the stories I write, but I’m a sucker for a happy ending. Not that everything I write is roses and puppies, but if it makes sense and I can even leave my readers with a hint of happy, then I’ll try to do that. With this story, for example – I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say this: At least they’re together, in the end.

Interview with Cathy Hamill-Hill, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

01010093What is your story about?
My story is about an old lady’s choice to stay on her family’s farm in the City of Kawartha Lakes with the help of a friend that nobody else understands.

What inspired you to write this story?
My story was inspired by what I saw with my grandfather and father, and how committed they were to leave the generational farm to the next generation. My second character is based on my experiences while being alongside a close friend in the deaf community.

What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
Kawartha Lakes is the only place I know where one can buy a rooster at the Woodville salesbarn on Saturday morning and in the afternoon can go to the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and get a CT scan done in one of the province’s best fracture clinics.

Kawartha Lakes has free wifi in the public libraries which is breaking technology however, it is common to see an Amish family driving in a black buggy being pulled by a horse– and everybody lives in harmony.

Kawartha Lakes welcomes the cottage community with tons of activities and goods specifically for those needs for the urban population however, the country population have full services here too.

Few places keep the balance between urban and rural so equal as does the Kawartha Lakes.

What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I’ve been a freelance journalist for many years. I did ten years as a municipal political reporter at a local newspaper and a few years at different publications covering community events. Four years ago, I became an agricultural photographer/reporter for the monthly newspaper “Voice of the Farmer,” which evolved into two years ago as a contributing editor position starting the popular column “Between the Chores” which is a funny look on our misadventures here on our little hobby farm on page 4. To read more, go to http://www.durhamregion.com, go to print editions, to community publications.

Manuscript Format

While other markets have their own guidelines for how they want manuscript submissions, here’s how to format your work to submit to Kawartha Lakes Stories.

Font: Times New Roman, 12-point

Spacing: double space between the lines; single space between sentences

Indents: indent paragraphs 1/2-inch

Breaks: indicate breaks in the story with # centred on a line of its own

Page One

  • Top Left Corner: your real name, mailing address, phone number, email address (single-spaced between the lines)
  • Top Right Corner: approximate word count (round up or down to the nearest 100 words)
  • Halfway Down The Page: story title, pen name
  • Story

Page Two and subsequent pages

  • Top Right Corner: last name / title / page #

Have a look:

Page One:

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Page Two and subsequent pages:

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File Format
Send manuscript as Word .doc file or Pages file.

Do not send .pdf or any other type of file.

 

Submit Questions in comments below.

Interview with Stefan Ellery, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

portrait_0005What is your story about?
My story is about a cello player who is let go from an orchestra in Toronto. He heads up to the Kawarthas to find out where he and his music belong. While he is in the town of Lindsay he hears the sound of a flute playing which draws him to explore its source.
What inspired you to write this story?
I am a daydreamer and I often place myself in another world when I am walking. This idea occurred during a sunny day while I walked up Victoria Street. The day felt unreal and enchanting and I had music running through my head at the time. The story was drawn out of the senses I was using at the time.
How long have you lived in Kawartha Lakes? What attracted you to the area?
I came to Lindsay because of work. It was 2003 and SARS had it. I worked in a hotel and business came to a halt. Fear of loosing my job prompted me to look for work in the public sector. The job I found happened to be in Lindsay.
What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
I enjoy the fact that there are lakes and rivers near by. It fulfilled my desire to kayak which was difficult to do when I lived in Toronto.  Explore, there are many places to walk, fish and boat and sometimes the best spots are hidden. If you come up here make sure to bring your rod.
What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I am a multi-genre author and I have written two YA paranormal novels, 3 short horrors and a children’s book. I am currently editing a Sci-Fi that I hope to have out this year.  You can find a list of some of my works on www.stefanellery.com and you can also find my works on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Barnes & Noble. My work is available in electronic format and print.

Interview with Vivienne Barker, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

Vivienne BarkerWhat is your story about?
A couple from London, England who have lost the magic in their marriage, accept the offer of a free holiday in Toronto. Things don’t go to plan with their hosts and they relocate to a grand cottage in the Kawartha’s.  The experience of city dwellers left to their own devices in cottage country might have been a challenge, but a visit from a strange man, claiming to be a Shaman brings renewed hope for their marriage.
What inspired you to write this story?
That has to remain a secret.
How long have you lived in Kawartha Lakes? What attracted you to the area?
5 years (3 full time, 2 as weekenders) Even though I lived in Ontario cities for over 35 years, I never felt at home and hated the hustle and bustle. Kawartha Lakes is accessible without having to travel the 400 highway!
What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
Here people look you in the eye, smile and say hello, how are you, great/awful weather. The lakes are lovely and even if you can’t live right by a lake, they are always visible, especially in Bobcaygeon. Although Bobcaygeon is sleepy in the winter, its great to see the town come alive with visitors in summer.
What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I have completed an historical fiction, somewhat based on the unusual life of my ancestors from 1905-1945. It is in the process of being published by Black Opal Publishers and I HOPE it will be available this autumn.  I have completed a story about Pigeon Lake and the Osprey that nest there every year (anyone want to publish it???) and I often scribble story lines that I hope will lead somewhere eventually.
Photo from Vivienne Barker’s website: www.vivsbooks.com

Interview with Altaire Gural, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

What is your story about?
“Unreasonable” is both a ghost story and a social comment, exploring which fears truly drive us, and what we learn from them.

What inspired you to write this story?
Very loosely based on an event that happened in my house years before I lived in it, “Unreasonable” came about as an entry in the New York City Midnight Short Story Challenge (an international contest that saw over 2100 entrants).  My submission qualified as a semi finalist and moved on to the second round of 300 competitors.
What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I am a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and am currently expanding one of my plays, Forgotten, into a YA novel.
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Interview with Jean Booker, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 7.02.44 PMWhat is your story about?
My story is about cottage memories and how they lead to romantic possibilities.

What inspired you to write this story?
My love of cottage country

How long have you lived in Kawartha Lakes? What attracted you to the area?
We owned a cottage on Sturgeon Lake for 12 years then a home on Pigeon Lake for the last 16 years. Originally it was an escape from the hustle and bustle of Toronto but we gradually came to love the peace and tranquility of the Kawarthas and decided to retire here.

What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
I love the slow pace of life, the beauty of the area and the friendliness of the people.

What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I’ve had three novels for 8-12 year olds published, Mystery House (translated into French, Italian and Swedish) Keeping Secrets ( translated into Japanese) and Still At War. I’ve also had many short stories and articles published in newspapers and magazines.
My books are available in public libraries, book stores and through Scholastic book clubs.

Interview with Clint Cummings, Kawartha Lakes Stories contributor

KawarthaWhat is your story about?
“A Prom to Remember” is a story about the consequences of lust in a small town.

What inspired you to write this story?
I wanted to try something a bit different from my usual path and dabble my feet in the waters of Bodice Rippers.  As Lindsay literally has a river running through it, I could think of no other place to use as the set piece.

How long have you lived in Kawartha Lakes? What attracted you to the area?
We were transplanted from Toronto 4 years ago when we had enough of flooding.  We were looking for a great place to raise our kids and so far the town has delivered.

What do you like about living in Kawartha Lakes? What do you wish you could tell non-residents about Kawartha Lakes?
Our lifestyle here is busy but it does not feel overwhelming which is what we needed.  The city of Kawartha Lakes has everything you need when you really think about it plus if you need the big city fix, you can be there and back with ease.

What else do you write? Where can readers find more of your writing?
I keep moving my style around but inevitably, I end up writing about dragons again.  There is one story that just keeps lurking in the back of my mind so I have a feeling that trend will continue until I can find a way to release it.  I do dabble in sci-fi, mysteries, horror, poetry, action and the like.  A collection of these can be found in my first book, Jigsaw: Pieces from a Concussed Mind.  Jigsaw: Pieces from a Concussed Mind REDUX is available via Amazon.  My website is clintcummings.net and that will be the place to find all my updates.

Kawartha Lakes Stories: press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local author publishes anthology of Kawartha Lakes Stories by local writers

June 11, 2016

Kawartha Lakes, ON – Local author Sara C. Walker has edited and published an anthology of short stories that are set in areas around the city of Kawartha Lakes and written by authors residing in Kawartha Lakes.

The collection is comprised of tales from a variety of genres, including contemporary fiction, romance, fantasy, and horror, while also offering unique perspectives on the Kawartha Lakes experience.

This anthology takes readers on a journey of unexpected and innovative views of the city of Kawartha Lakes using a mix of genres, ranging from sweet romance and contemporary fairy tale to soft horror and edgy humour.

With settings from Bobcaygeon to Woodville and various locations between, Kawartha Lakes Stories are at once startling and familiar, as local writers explore some of our everyday places through a variety of voices and styles.

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Copies will be available to purchase at the book launch, happening with the writers at Boiling Over Coffee Vault, Thursday, June 23 at 6:30pm. The book is priced at $10 and will also be available from Sara C. Walker at the community events listed below. In the meantime, if you’d like to request a copy, please email kawarthalakesauthors@gmail.com.

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Community Events

Find me at these community events to purchase a copy (and get it signed.)

Sunday July 10 – Classics on Kent

Thursday August 18, 7pm – Local Author Evening

Saturday & Sunday August 27 & 28 – Dromoland Indie Authors Festival

Kawartha Lakes Stories

image1An all new anthology of stories set in Kawartha Lakes as told by writers living in Kawartha Lakes.

This anthology takes readers on a journey of unexpected and innovative views of the city of Kawartha Lakes using a mix of genres, ranging from sweet romance and contemporary fairy tale to soft horror and edgy humour.

With settings from Bobcaygeon to Woodville and various locations between, Kawartha Lakes Stories are at once startling and familiar, as local writers explore some of our everyday places through a variety of voices and styles.

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Purchase a copy:
Amazon: Kawartha Lakes Stories
Kent Bookstore in downtown Lindsay
Grr8 Finds Market in downtown Fenelon Falls
send an email to kawarthalakesauthors@gmail.com

or in person at one of these events:
– Classics on Kent
– Local Author Evening
– Indie Author Festival at Dromoland Orchard & Stables

PRESS

Kawartha Lakes This Week: http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/6755780-new-anthology-showcases-kawartha-lakes-stories/