Stacey D. Atkinson

Biography

I was born and raised in a rural village in New Brunswick, Canada, where I lived with my mother and sister in an old farmhouse with a pack of cats and acres of land for roaming. I later moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend art college and met my husband. We now live in Ottawa, Ontario, with frequent trips home to the Maritimes.

I first fell in love with words as a songwriter. I grew up playing guitar and later studied piano, which became the backdrop for my writing. I also used to write short stories and remember having a deep conversation with my grade four English teacher about the rules of grammar at the time and how I absolutely had to break them because I needed to start my sentence with the word "and."

I love to write stories about strong female characters in memorable settings along the East Coast of Canada. My first book, STUCK, is a coming-of-age story about a young Acadian woman growing up in a small fishing village in New Brunswick. My second book, LETTERS FROM LABRADOR, tells the story of young British nurses working in the beautiful, yet unpredictable, northern coast of Labrador, Newfoundland.

Awards: Benjamin Franklin Book Award, IndieReader Approved, Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was young, I wrote a story about a young knight and a poor servant girl embroiled in some kind of dragon war that loomed throughout the land. At the time, I had stumbled upon the fantasy genre, probably because of my older sister and movies like the Dark Crystal, and it influenced what I wrote about.
What is your writing process?
I would be lying if I said I wrote every day. I wish I could, but so many things get in the way of that. A system that seems to work for me is to try and write for at least 4-5 hours every other day. And of course, there is always the binge writing just before I'm due to ship off a section to my editor.
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Stacey D. Atkinson interviewed by IBPA at BEA 2014
An interview with author Stacey D. Atkinson at Book Expo America 2014 in NYC.

Books

Letters from Labrador
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 54,270. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Biographical
At twenty-five, Patricia moved from Britain to Canada to work in northern Labrador as a midwife. How does one live an extraordinary life only to forget it?
Stuck
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,490. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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Odette Leblanc is promoted to night-shift supervisor at the local convenience store, but at the age of twenty-three, she already feels like her life has become a predictable routine. That is, until she meets a mysterious doryman and his cat on the beach, followed by an unexpected run-in with an American sailor. Each man will undeniably change the course of her life forever.

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