RM Doyon


R.M. Doyon has been a journalist, speechwriter, publicist and author for more than three decades.

He began his journalism career in 1978 with the Ottawa Citizen before joining United Press International as a political reporter and Parliamentary Bureau Chief, where he crossed paths with six Canadian prime ministers, an American president and countless other international leaders.

He released his first debut novel, UPCOUNTRY, in the fall of 2010. It is the explosive story of Jane Schumacher, a smart, savvy and often profane aide to the Governor of New York and leading contender for the presidency.

After visiting her doctor before Thanksgiving, Jane's life is turned upside down. Abruptly, she decides to return to her hometown in the shadows of the Adirondacks to make amends with her estranged family but soon discovers her sister is the victim of spousal abuse. Her dilemma? Simply pull her sister from her husband's evil clutches or, with seemingly nothing to lose, take justice into her own hands.

Set against an engaging backdrop of modern political times, Upcountry is a riveting, page-turning story of sibling strife and affection, of sadness and grief, and finally redemption and rebirth. It is based on a true story.

In September, 2013, Doyon released THOU TORTUREST ME, a sequel to Upcountry and a story that returns readers to Morgan County, NY. It is a sweltering Labor Day weekend in 2010, and the clan has returned to celebrate a milestone in Hubie Schumacher's life--and possibly bring closure to the events of that fateful Thanksgiving nearly four years before.

Immediately, we meet a couple of young lovers from completely disparate walks of life, spawning an affair that sets in motion a violent clash of cultures fueled by principle and prejudice.

In addition to Upcountry and Thou Torturest Me, Doyon is the author of Pirouette, a stage-play on the life and times of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and has co-written two screenplays ('Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda' and 'The Last Carousel') with his wife Shelley Anthony.

Thank you for reading this far. Keep your eyes open on Smashwords for both Upcountry and Thou Torturest Me!

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me -- they are the best means of creating awareness for my books. The old adage that 'books are sold one book at a time' is very true, and through my base of friends and fans, I'm able to get my message out. There is another old but very wise saying employed by good public relations professionals: 'Don't tout your own horn -- let others do it for you.' That's very true, since if one of your fans love your work, they will tell others.
You just released Thou Torturest Me, a sequel to your debut novel, Upcountry. What were the challenges associcated with producing a sequel?
I can't speak for other authors, but in my case, after I created a number of characters and taken them through the ringer -- as I did in Upcountry -- I wanted my readers to find out what happened to them. At the same time, in my case, I didn't want to just pick up where Upcountry left off. I wanted to break some new ground. That is why I decided to introduce several new (and related) characters with a story that ties the books together. Where I think I broke new ground was with the themes of my books. If Upcountry's theme was spousal and parental abuse, Thou Torturest Me deals squarely with bigotry and prejudice, with a healthy dose of principle thrown in.
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Thou Torturest Me
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,560. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
A couple of young lovers from completely disparate walks of life set in motion a violent clash of cultures fueled by prejudice, principle and passion.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,900. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
Jane Schumacher is shepherding her charismatic boss towards the White House. But after visiting her doctor, Jane returns to her upcountry hometown only to discover her sister is the victim of spousal abuse. A riveting story of sibling strife, grief and redemption.

RM Doyon's tag cloud

adirondacks    amish    argentina    bigotry    canada    cancer    murder    new york    police    politics    prejudice    presidency    principle    siblings    sisters    spousal abuse    twin sisters    twins    upstate new york    young adult