Interview with Edeana Malcolm

What's the story behind your latest book?
When I read this quote from the Eisan family Bible-- "Michael Eisan married his third wife at the age of 101 and died of his excesses at the age of 103," I just knew I had to write his life story. And what a story it is! He was a Loyalist during the American Revolution. But how he managed to get there from the Palatine region of what is now Germany is a remarkable story in itself. I had a wonderful time researching this book and following in the footsteps of my other great-great-great-great-grandfather.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a novella from the point of view of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. It starts when she learns that her son has been beheaded, and continues until her death about three years later. It sounds like it might be a downer, but I assure you it's not. Elizabeth is a real person with a passion for justice. In the end she becomes not just a follower of Jesus, but a leader who learns to speak her own mind.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because the publishing process is so slow and I'm not getting any younger. I did have a book published by a small publishing company but they have done so little marketing, I decided I could do as well on my own.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My absolute favourite way to spend time is with my grandchildren, but since they live in another city I only see them a few times a year. So, to fill my time I practice yoga and Tai Chi and take walks. I'm also active on councils in my church and in my local Writing Society.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Victoria, a small city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia on Canada's west coast. When I finished university, I left and moved to Quebec City, where I lived for 16 years, learning French and acquiring a husband and three children. After a divorce and second marriage, I moved with my new husband and children to Edmonton, Alberta, where I lived for another 16 years. In all that time, I had a hankering to come home to Victoria. I missed the ocean, the mountains and the greenness of my coastal city. Now that I'm back again, I've been writing and writing. One of the books I'm working on now is set here in Victoria. It's a historical novel that begins in 1853 and ends in 1898 and tells the story of three generations of Victoria women.
Published 2017-02-09.
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Books by This Author

The Loyalist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,520. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Michael is a very old man in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia when he meets young Sarah Lawrence. Their relationship opens long-repressed memories of his Loyalist past during the American Revolution in South Carolina. Then the memories take him even further back to the Old Country and the dark secret of a tragedy he has never confided to anyone.
Letters from the Gardener
Series: The Compleat Gardener, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,550. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
In John Dean’s letters to his friends in Scotland he tells about the turmoil that is taking place in Belfast during the time of the French Revolution. He neglects to mention that his wife Susan is falling in love with the leader of the revolutionary, Henry Joy McCracken. Even more dangerous, she falls under the spell of McCracken's sister's feminist ideas. Will John win back his wife's love?
The Gardener's Wife
Series: The Compleat Gardener, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00)
John Dean cannot find work in England to support his growing family, so he moves to Scotland. At Ellon Castle, John discovers that his employer is not the Earl of Aberdeen, but the Earl’s mistress. Against her husband’s wishes, Susan becomes friends with the mistress. Their friendship threatens to destroy Susan’s marriage in an unexpected manner, and she agrees they must leave Scotland at once.
The Serpentine Garden Path
Series: The Compleat Gardener, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 70,440. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
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In 18th C. England, Susan Kirke falls in love with the gardener on her father’s estate. Her parents dismiss John Dean. On a trip to London, Susan attends a masquerade at Vauxhall Gardens. Disguised as a boy, she escapes to find the man she loves. Dean elopes with her to Scotland, where more adventures ensue. The Serpentine Path is loosely based on the story of my ancestors.