Serenity McLean

Biography

Serenity McLean grew up in Ontario and moved to western Canada in 2004. For twenty-five years, Serenity had a career in education and project management. In a matter of months after publishing a non-fictional book, she wrote her first fictional book. After many years of thinking about living life after death, Serenity wrote Memory of Memories, in The Glass Darkly series.

Shortly after the book was completed, Serenity was laid off and decided to make a career change. She now commits her time to writing, blogging, and helping others along the path of publication.

Along with art (painting) and photography, Serenity is a dog lover and enjoyed golden retrievers in her life for thirty years. Currently, she lives with a golden retriever that love to play hide and seek, ball chasing, and of course spending many hours playing in the pool. In the summer months, Serenity can be found on the water and under the sun.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
After writing and publishing a non-fiction book, the idea of writing fiction had been rolling around my head for a couple of months. I had jotted down a couple of concept ideas but nothing resonated. Then I got a bad cold and was sick in bed when it hit me, I should write about what I think about and research. That afternoon I had a draft of the first chapter. The story seemed to come easily and although I was only writing part time, I had the book ready for editing in a little over five months.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not saying this all comes easy. It is definitely a lot of hard work. And then there is the marketing work to get the book in the hands of readers. That takes a bit of planning, preparation and outright time committed to promotion. I had been packaged out of my job and it took just a few days to decide to take the opportunity to dedicate all my time to do the work of an independent author.

While most authors talk about picking up a pencil in their youth and writing, writing, writing. Not me. I picked up that pencil and started sketching. Art has played a significant role in my life as a way of sharing how I see the world and what I love about this world.

I am very visual and think in pictures and much of what I want to say about my world can be achieved through art and photography.

But I have spent many years thinking about a whole different world: life after life on this earth. The limitations of art and photography for sharing this world with others are best overcome with imagination. I tell the story and let the reader’s imagination create the visuals. That is far more satisfying for a topic that demands a personal connection to the world I am sharing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think there are two joys. One is writing and sharing about the Christian walk. Many people mention their reflections after reading one of my stories and I am truly honoured to be a part of that process.

The other joy for me is becoming lost in the story. I'm a pantser writer, meaning I write from the seat of my pants. The story takes life as I write and for a while I'm part of that world. In my research I study the streets and collect images of the various places. So while writing my imagination takes me to those settings and I feel like I'm on vacation.

You know how when you come back from a really great holiday and little things will instantly take you back? Well, that happens to me even after the book is written. Music I listened to while writing will take me to vivid scenes that stuck in my memory.
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Books

Rainswept
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,180. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
A trail of unexplained deaths and impending environmental collapse lead a beautiful doctor to the shores of Baja, a suspicious surfer, and a long overdue confrontation with her sister. Despite a sinking boat, a hurricane, a spiked drink and ever worsening threats, Marina continues her dogged pursuit of the criminal responsible for unleashing a plague on humanity. A great medical mystery!

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