Florida Town


Florida Ann Town has been a newspaper reporter, feature writer, editor, radio host(ess) and news reader.
She has written a number of books, including With A Silent Companion, based on the life of Dr. James Barry, and The North West Company, detailing the history of one of North America's earliest trading companies. Florida loves research and is intrigued by the little known facts hidden away in libraries and archives.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was five years old. I learned to read when I was four and when I was five, mom and dad gave me a toy typewriter for Christmas. That was the start of my writing career. I wrote for school newspapers when I got older, and after graduation, I worked as a newspaper reporter. I was the first female sports reporter at the Vancouver Sun (this was back in the 1940s) and that was an adventure in itself. From there I moved through various departments of the Sun, and other daily newspapers in Vancouver.
What's the story behind your latest book?
On The Rim is pure fiction - but it is, unfortunately, based on fact. I saw many of my friends, neighbors and relatives, involved in divorces, in separations, and in various romantic entanglements. I ride a bicycle - and there is something almost hypnotic in the action of pedaling, and something wonderfully liberating in the actual ride. So your mind ranges around. It was during one of my rides that I started imagining 'what if?" What if a woman absolutely didn't see a divorce coming - and that actually happened to someone very near to me.
Then I began to imagine my protagonist - what would Ellen be like? What was her backstory? How did she react to this, and other situations? From there, it was like entering her world and sharing her experiences.
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Making Waves
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 35,830. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Merribeth is getting ready for the regional swim meet finals - when her parents tell her she has to go to Arizona with her grandmother instead. It sounds like a trip to purgatory but it doesn't turn out that way. When her best friend, stage-struck Jennifer, is included in the trip, interesting things begin to happen.
Before The Road Came
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,640. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War, Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Sixty years ago, Britannia was the home of the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Several thousand people lived in its two main communities: The Townsite and The Beach. It was a scant 50 miles from Vancouver, but was accessible only boat. Before The Road Came is a story about life in that isolated mining camp, during WW2.

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arizona    britannia    canadian    community    family    history    howe sound    isolation    memoir    minaty bay    mining camp    racing    relationships    squamish    steamships    swimming    vancouver    west coast    whistler    wilderness    woodfibre    world war 2   

Smashwords book reviews by Florida Town

  • Pickles The Parrot: A Humorous Look At Life With An African Grey on Dec. 29, 2010
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    I've seen parrots before - they're colourful, they make funny noises, they can imitate sounds and even spout a few words. At least, that's what I thought until I read this book. Pickles, the parrot, isn't just repeating words - he's thinking and being creative. He's stubborn, he's funny, he's demanding, he's intelligent - and he's not your average pet. You'll have a whole new view of parrots when you finish reading these engaging tales - and you might ask yourself, what does Pickles think about his owners? It would be a fair question, because he has an opinion on everything else. A warm and funny book, suitable for all ages.