Diane Lynn McGyver

Biography

Diane Lynn McGyver grew up along the wild shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. She spent her summers running barefoot through the forest and sailing on the sea, and her winters building snow forts, skating and playing hockey. She began writing at an early age, filling Campfire Notebooks with tales based on her imagination and her adventures.

She currently dwells on a small homestead where she raises children, Toggenburg goats and heritage-breed chickens. Her work has appeared in more than a thousand publications since 1997.

She is the author of “Shadows in the Stone” (traditional adult fantasy), “Pockets of Wildflowers”, “Twistmas - The Season for Love” (both adult romance), “Fowl Summer Nights” (humour) and “Nova Scotia - Life Near Water” (anthology). The second book in the fantasy Castle Keepers series “Scattered Stones” will be launched May 6, 2016.

To learn more about her books and future adventures, visit Diane's website (dianelynnmcgyver.com), or follow her on Twitter: @DLMcGyver.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing at a very early age. I recall in elementary I owned several Camp Fire notebooks filled with little stories and plays. They were all printed in pencil. Eventually I switched to pen, cursive writing and loose leaf.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story when I was so young that I don't recall it. The first story I remember writing was about finding a black wild dog in the woods. He became 'the gang's' dog and spent his time between the homes of the young members who were between the ages of eight and twelve. They named him Sam the Wild Dog. This dog was the most amazing dog ever and saved a kid from drowning.

By the way, that was based on a real story that happened to me.
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Books

Castle Keepers Vignettes - Volume 01
Price: Free! Words: 7,690. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 23, 2016 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Castle Keeper vignettes provide a glimpse into the time between Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones. You’ll have already met many of the characters, but some you will meet in Scattered Stones. These vignettes are not complete stories, only 300 words of a moment. Volume 01 contains the first twelve in a series of vignettes to be written.
Nova Scotia - Life Near Water
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 21, 2014 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
Life Near Water is a collection of short stories that transports readers to locations across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. McGyver’s love for the sea shines in The Ocean Between Them, and her keen interest in genealogy and history plays interesting rolls in The Man Who Reads Obituaries, Dancing in the Shine and War on His Shore. Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tart and Mutated Blood Lines complete the book.
Fowl Summer Nights
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,690. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 10, 2014 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Fowl Summer Nights is about a retired Canada Post worker whose husband has passed on and she's left with an empty nest. Her children tell her to get a hobby, so she does—one that drives her neighbours crazy.
Blade of Truth
Price: Free! Words: 9,310. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 27, 2013 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
"Bronwyn looked down at his food as his mother destroyed his manhood by attempting to defend his inexperience." Innocence Shattered. A young man on the verge of seeing a dream come true is crushed by the most unexpected person. Blade of Truth is a short story that ties into the Castle Keepers series.
Destiny Governed their Lives
Price: Free! Words: 9,270. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 12, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Although forbidden to read scrolls without permission, Catriona couldn’t help herself and approached the table. She glanced at the open door to the outside, looking for any sign of Sari. There was none. A Loss too Much to Endure. Magic wielded by experienced hands can sometimes lead to disappointment; in the hands of a novice, it can be devastating.
Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tarts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 28, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rita Krumb is a loner. Her neighbour, Sophie Tuttle, is an elderly lady who knows how to recruit. When they meet over a bag of potatoes, an unusual friendship begins, one that revolves around lemon tarts and a million dollars.
Pockets of Wildflowers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,560. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 14, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Olivia still mourns the tragic loss of her parents. To aid in the healing, she has created a haven on her farm. John is a drifter who arrives in Scarinish with a secret and a mysterious past. When Olivia hires him as a farmhand, the passion ignites. Love blossoms, but outside forces wreak havoc on their private sanctuary, and the past rushes in. Will the truth destroy their love or set them free?
Shadows in the Stone
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 6, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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No one sees the threat to Aruam Castle. They are busy following protocol. Corporal Bronwyn Darrow can’t see it but he feels something is wrong. Confused by the actions of others and ordered to focus on his duties, he puts aside his suspicions. The lords of the castle force him to take charge of an orphan, and his world becomes entangled with a mysterious woman who captures more than his attention.

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