Raymond Fraser

Biography

RAYMOND FRASER is a Canadian writer and the author of thirteen books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and six collections of poetry. His novel "The Bannonbridge Musicians" (1978) was runner-up for the Governor General's Award. In 2009 following publication of his novel "In Another Life" he received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in English-language Literary Arts. In 2012 he was named to the Order of New Brunswick for his contributions to literature and culture. In 2016 he received an honorary D.Litt degree from his alma mater, St Thomas University. Five of his books are listed in Atlantic Canada's 100 Greatest Books (Nimbus Publishing). His latest book is "Seasons of Discontent" (Novel, 2015). He currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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Smashwords Interview

Do you have a favourite book, one that you like to revisit from time to time?
I don't normally re-read books, unless after a great deal of time has passed. The only exceptions were Alice In Wonderland and Huckleberry Finn. There was a time in my teens when I read "Huckleberry Finn" once a year for three or four years. I tried it again recently, but I'm afraid I wore it out, because it rather let me down this last time, probably because I was too familiar with it. Sometimes just a second reading doesn't pay off, for example Samuel Butler's "The Way Of All Flesh". I listed it in the aforementioned "Favourite Books" essay, but then I picked it up last year and tried it and found it bloody awful. I can't believe I ever liked it. I think I must have died and been born again and am now a different person from what I was then.
What inspired you to become a writer?
It's my opinion I was born to be a writer, like musicians are who take naturally to music, and graphic artists to art. I was a big reader from an early age and always had a sense that writing was what I'd get around to doing in my lifetime; it was just a question of when. I thought I'd like to do more interesting things first, like be a professional athlete or soldier-of-fortune or private detective and when I'd my fill of excitement and adventure retire and write about it all. But by the age of sixteen I'd read enough to realize writers can have interesting lives too, and I should really do what I was best at if I wanted to get ahead in the world. Looking at my early writings today I can see I had "a way with words", as the saying goes. Several of my teachers noticed this as well. One said I should become a writer, but never would because I was too lazy. Maybe he was trying to motivate me. But lazy or not, I've still managed to get things done. When it comes to writing I'm really not lazy, if anything I'm the opposite, it's hard to get me take a restorative break .
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Books

The Black Horse Tavern
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 61,000. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
THE BLACK HORSE TAVERN is Raymond Fraser's landmark first book of fiction. Revised and edited by the author, this long-awaited definitive edition features a novella and nine stories, along with a new Introduction. "All ten stories in THE BLACK HORSE TAVERN bear the Fraser touch: gutsy realism, originality, and humour. The effect is hilarious, moving, and sad. It's quite a book." BETTY SHAPIRO, Mo
Repentance Vale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,970. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
In this satiric tale of neo-gothic horror, Haliberton "Bertie" Beaumont, heir to the Beaumont shipping fortune, schemes to seduce the pretty young daughter of Matthias Gogg, a fundamentalist religious fanatic who secretly believes in human sacrifice...

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