Christine Malec

Biography

I’ve loved writing ever since I was a kid. Both as a writer and a reader, I’m drawn by the lure of escape, either into the past or the future. I like to speculate about humanity at a distance: what things about us are consistent across time and culture? I've amused myself for years writing: short stories, rhyming verse, and the occasional article. I have been a practising Massage Therapist since 1995,and I do occasional editing and transcribing work, which satisfies my love of bringing order to chaos. I play guitar, and can occasionally be spotted busking here and there around Toronto, mostly singing other people’s songs. I love to cook, do yoga regularly, and enjoy long walks in all weather. I love the variety afforded by the different types of work I do. I feel that each area helps me cultivate skills that become relevant in the others.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure do! It was my epic masterwork, "The Six Million Dollar Cucumber." It was a writing project in grade 5, and I bound it in Bristol board and everything!
What is your writing process?
Ideas percolate well for me while I'm exercising. A lot of "Beltane" came to me that way. It was written almost exclusively between 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM. My muse is a little more diurnal these days, and I've taken to writing on the bench swing in my back yard.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Christine Malec online


Books

Before the Tide
Price: Free! Words: 135,150. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
What makes five of the most powerful witches and wizards of their day retreat from the world to teach magic? 11th Century Britain is a perilous place, even for a sorcerer. The legendary four founders are bound north on a quest of honor, and the road is full of the unexpected. Magic isn’t as stylish as it once was, and they’re faced with adventure, as well as some provocative questions.
A Wider Stream - A Prequel to Beltane
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
In 16th century France, physical courage is not on the list of skills deemed appropriate for a young noblewoman’s education, and Margarete cannot understand why she is consistently encouraged to cultivate it. Her teacher is an uncommon woman who knows well its value. the means by which young Margarete begins to learn self-possession, and to first glim
Fires of Beltane
Price: Free! Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
In 16th Century Scotland, two accomplished story tellers seduce one another with tales that range from bawdy to downright scandalous. Lise is healing slowly from violence. She and Owen use the safe distance provided by stories in order to help her regain her sense of self. This story fills in an erotic gap left near the end of the full-length novel Beltane, which is also available on Smashwords.
Beltane
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 208,710. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.00 from 1 review)
In 1558 a young French woman sets out for Scotland with her servant/companion, to fulfill a bargain made by others: but all is not as it seems. Colin McLean has something her family wants, and they have something he wants. Caught in the schemes of others more powerful than she is, Margarete is forced to look for the sources of her own power.

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