Diane Lynn McGyver

Biography

Diane Lynn McGyver grew up along the wild shores of Nova Scotia, Canada. She spent her summers running barefoot through the forest and sailing on the sea, and her winters building snow forts, skating and playing hockey. She began writing at an early age, filling Campfire Notebooks with tales based on her imagination and her adventures.

She currently dwells on a small homestead where she raises children, Toggenburg goats and heritage-breed chickens. Her work has appeared in more than a thousand publications since 1997.

She is the author of “Shadows in the Stone” (traditional adult fantasy), “Pockets of Wildflowers”, “Twistmas - The Season for Love” (both adult romance), “Fowl Summer Nights” (humour) and “Nova Scotia - Life Near Water” (anthology). The second book in the fantasy Castle Keepers series “Scattered Stones” will be launched May 6, 2016.

To learn more about her books and future adventures, visit Diane's website (dianelynnmcgyver.com), or follow her on Twitter: @DLMcGyver.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing at a very early age. I recall in elementary I owned several Camp Fire notebooks filled with little stories and plays. They were all printed in pencil. Eventually I switched to pen, cursive writing and loose leaf.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story when I was so young that I don't recall it. The first story I remember writing was about finding a black wild dog in the woods. He became 'the gang's' dog and spent his time between the homes of the young members who were between the ages of eight and twelve. They named him Sam the Wild Dog. This dog was the most amazing dog ever and saved a kid from drowning.

By the way, that was based on a real story that happened to me.
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Where to find Diane Lynn McGyver online


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Books

Twistmas - The Season for Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,330. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 15, 2017 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » General
All Jan Cooper wants to do is make it through Christmas with her sanity intact. An irrational co-worker is determined to destroy these plans. Jan is determined to grin and bear until she learns this woman is after her job. Delanie Taylor has no time for romance. When he meets Jan’s daughter searching for the perfect gift for her mother, he unknowingly discovers the perfect gift for himself.
Impressions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,230. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 24, 2017 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Arnold White is desperate to find a job. His long-time girlfriend is through financing his life and is threatening to leave if he doesn’t find something soon. When the owner of a prestigious company offers him a job interview, Arnold feels his luck is changing. In a reckless move to land the job, Arnold tells his potential new boss what he wants to hear, sprinkled with a few white lies.
Scattered Stones - The Castle Keepers: Book 2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 154,110. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 8, 2016 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Bronwyn Darrow is desperate to rescue his daughter Isla from Blackvale Castle. For five years, he’s travelled Ath-o’Lea searching for her, but the formidable castle remains elusive. He’s surrendered his coveted sergeant’s position at Aruam Castle, but he’s willing to sacrifice everything—even his honour—to bring Isla home. If he fails, his little girl will face a lifetime of slavery.
Castle Keepers Vignettes - Volume 02
Price: Free! Words: 7,810. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 3, 2016 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Castle Keeper vignettes provide a glimpse into the time between "Shadows in the Stone" and "Scattered Stones". You’ll have already met many of the characters, but some you will meet in "Scattered Stones". These vignettes are not complete stories, only 300 words of a moment. Volume 02 contains Vignettes 13 to 24.
Castle Keepers Vignettes - Volume 01
Price: Free! Words: 7,690. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 23, 2016 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Castle Keeper vignettes provide a glimpse into the time between Shadows in the Stone and Scattered Stones. You’ll have already met many of the characters, but some you will meet in Scattered Stones. These vignettes are not complete stories, only 300 words of a moment. Volume 01 contains the first twelve in a series of vignettes to be written.
Nova Scotia - Life Near Water
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 21, 2014 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literary collections » Canadian
Life Near Water is a collection of short stories that transports readers to locations across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. McGyver’s love for the sea shines in The Ocean Between Them, and her keen interest in genealogy and history plays interesting rolls in The Man Who Reads Obituaries, Dancing in the Shine and War on His Shore. Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tart and Mutated Blood Lines complete the book.
Fowl Summer Nights
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,690. Language: Canadian English. Published: March 10, 2014 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Fowl Summer Nights is about a retired Canada Post worker whose husband has passed on and she's left with an empty nest. Her children tell her to get a hobby, so she does—one that drives her neighbours crazy.
Blade of Truth
Price: Free! Words: 9,310. Language: Canadian English. Published: December 27, 2013 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
"Bronwyn looked down at his food as his mother destroyed his manhood by attempting to defend his inexperience." Innocence Shattered. A young man on the verge of seeing a dream come true is crushed by the most unexpected person. Blade of Truth is a short story that ties into the Castle Keepers series.
Destiny Governed their Lives
Price: Free! Words: 9,270. Language: Canadian English. Published: October 12, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Although forbidden to read scrolls without permission, Catriona couldn’t help herself and approached the table. She glanced at the open door to the outside, looking for any sign of Sari. There was none. A Loss too Much to Endure. Magic wielded by experienced hands can sometimes lead to disappointment; in the hands of a novice, it can be devastating.
Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tarts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,860. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 28, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Rita Krumb is a loner. Her neighbour, Sophie Tuttle, is an elderly lady who knows how to recruit. When they meet over a bag of potatoes, an unusual friendship begins, one that revolves around lemon tarts and a million dollars.
The Man Who Reads Obituaries
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 24, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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Morris, Laurence Aiden—48, Dartmouth, has waited more than six months for this day. Still, he’s unsure if he is ready to make the journey to Heaven…or Hell. Something is missing, but he can’t fathom what. While he bides his time, he reads the obituaries, playing his game of Heaven or Hell. The parasite fed on the old, the young…the middle-aged. I glanced at the incomplete obituary on the bedside.
Pockets of Wildflowers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,560. Language: Canadian English. Published: September 14, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Olivia still mourns the tragic loss of her parents. To aid in the healing, she has created a haven on her farm. John is a drifter who arrives in Scarinish with a secret and a mysterious past. When Olivia hires him as a farmhand, the passion ignites. Love blossoms, but outside forces wreak havoc on their private sanctuary, and the past rushes in. Will the truth destroy their love or set them free?
Dancing in the Shine
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,560. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 14, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Hurricane Juan swept away Joan Halley’s parents, leaving her devastated and in charge of their affairs. The man who promised to keep her safe has become her worst nightmare. Escape or Surrender? Joan’s life has taken a turn for the worst, and now she is forced to make a choice. Can the information she discovered at the public archives help her? Only if she finds the courage to use it.
Shadows in the Stone
Price: Free! Words: 132,420. Language: Canadian English. Published: May 6, 2012 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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No one sees the threat to Aruam Castle. They are busy following protocol. Corporal Bronwyn Darrow can’t see it but he feels something is wrong. Confused by the actions of others and ordered to focus on his duties, he puts aside his suspicions. The lords of the castle force him to take charge of an orphan, and his world becomes entangled with a mysterious woman who captures more than his attention.
Mutated Blood Lines
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,590. Language: Canadian English. Published: February 21, 2011 by Quarter Castle Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
During the Shift, sea levels rose and severed Nova Scotia from the mainland. A new government comes into power, one that doesn’t tolerate mutants spawned by the Shift. Graham, a government employee, visits his sister Autumn on the newly created island. She’s been living alone and living healthy amongst the mutants. He wants to know how, and he’s won’t stop until he gets what he wants.

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