OLIVIA’S MINE marks Janine McCaw’s debut as a popular fiction writer. For the Vancouver-based novelist it is the beginning of a dream, and the fruit of years of working in a different creative realm.
McCaw’s deep understanding of compelling plots, widely appealing characters, natural dialogue and strong story arcs comes directly out of her early career in the film and television industry. McCaw’s skills as an observer started early when her family uprooted from the City to small town Ontario – and she became the classic fish out of water. Writing down her thoughts became an outlet as she scribbled her way through childhood, while she also developed her observational skills and visual eye with photography. A die-hard hockey fan, McCaw studied Cinematography at Humber College, and was headed for a career as a cameraperson covering professional sports when she landed an internship in a broadcasting services company.
McCaw excelled in the television distribution arena. She joined Thomas Howe & Associates and moved with that company to Vancouver, where she distinguished herself with her talent for identifying the right product for the right market, and her people-skills in negotiating contracts. After furthering her professional development with several high-profile Canadian entertainment companies, she parlayed her reputation as a leading Cable Programming specialist into her own boutique firm. Formed with a partner, Dark Horse Ent. specialized in finding, and selling, niche Canadian television series - entertainment, information and variety - around the Globe. McCaw also acted as an independent executive producer on award-winning television Classic Car series, CHROME DREAMS, and as a distributor for series including ENTRÉE TO ASIA, and AT HOME WITH HERBS.
In high demand as an insightful, humorous and engaging guest speaker, juror and analyst for festivals and trade forums around the country, McCaw also spent large amounts of time traveling abroad to television markets. Increasingly, she turned her main hobby into outlines for novels, and finished fleshing out the characters, plot and dialogue for OLIVIA’S MINE, a fictional account of a young bride’s struggle to make a life for herself against the backdrop of the disasters that hit Britannia Beach, British Columbia in the early 1900s.
HELENS-OF-TROY, a teenage vampire romp best described as "The Gilmore Girls meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer," is the first book of what promises to be an easy-reading series. She is currently working on the second volume: Helens-of-Troy:Nightmare on Jacey Street.
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Smashwords book reviews by Janine McCaw
- Cathedral Street
on May 09, 2011
I had read the paperback of this book.
It's hard to tell the saints from the sinners in life. L. J. Hippler's debut tale about the Miller brothers of south Baltimore makes this clear from the start. The different paths Tommy, Buddy and Father Jerry take in life to escape their tragic youth, are only a bad decision away from being similar. The finely woven plot keeps the reader turning the pages quickly. Cathedral Street is a tale of greed and revenge that should not be missed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
- My Blood Approves
on June 05, 2011
It's for teens, and I'm definitely not a teen, but I enjoyed it. Liked the love triangle. It's an easy read.
- Smashwords Style Guide
on June 20, 2011
You know, things just got a whole lot easier after I took the time to read this. Just sayin'...
- The Vampires of London
on July 02, 2011
Alexander's imagery is well rounded, flowing easily from paragraph to paragraph. The tale is dark, there is no greeting of the dead by the pearly gates. It's a fast read and a good one if you happen to be in the mood for something a little chilling.
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- How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months
on Sep. 09, 2011
Yup, I thought I knew it all. Nope. John's book reminded me that there's still lots to learn. An easy, inspiring read. Worth the $.