Virginia Renaud


Virginia's unquenchable thirst for the written word probably started when she was eight.
She often carried around a battered orange duo-tang, scribbling down her thoughts, and questioning life. Later, she attended college to study Journalism, and in the years that followed, turned her thoughts to more current matters, writing professionally for local newspapers. Virginia married her high school sweetheart and had two children. It was only recently that she was able to return to her true passion, and in 2011 Virginia self-published her first full-length novel, Hauntingly Familiar, which was inspired by the notes captured in that battered orange duotang of her childhood. Her fascination with the paranormal began in 1979 and endures today.
Her first full length novel has been met with acclaim. Questions she is often asked are: Did the events in Hauntingly Familiar really happen? And When is your next book coming out?
To the first, her answer is a solemn nod.
To the second, she merely smiles and says, "Soon."
So what does Virginia want readers to know?
"That I write books because I love to read, and it would seem I'm a natural story teller," she says. "When I was in high school, my English Teacher told me: Write what you know. Later, in college, my professor reiterated that advice. As a journalist, you can't write the story if you don't understand or value it. I don't fully understand why, but I'm drawn to the paranormal… or maybe it's drawn to me!" She laughs.
She and her husband live on a quiet acreage in Mission B.C., Canada, where the battered orange duotang has been replaced by a three-ring binder and a laptop computer. She can often be found in her home office, hard at work on her latest project.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I think it was a story about a little girl who liked horses. I was in grade one.
What is your writing process?
I like to make lots of notes at first, to flesh out the story. As with my first novel, it was a lot of trips down memory lane, interviewing family members and piecing things together. For the book I'm working on now, I have the recollections of my husband to help me, so that's great. I can bounce ideas off of him and the two of us work well together. When I've got the basic story outlined, then I write the first chapter in full. After that, I will write the "important bits" as I see them that day, filling the margins with notes in red for more work, later. I also organize my "important bits" into chapters so it's easier to keep track of, later on.
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Possessions: A Paranormal Thriller
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 149,140. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
What happens when your dream home becomes a nightmare? Julie and Marc saved every penny and dreamed of owning the perfect home. When fate finally delivered, no one wanted to question it. But shortly after moving day, it became clear: someone else already lived there. Unknowingly, they'd stumbled into his trap. Read it at night, if you dare. Maybe leave the lights on ...
Hauntingly Familiar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 122,650. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Based on true events. Ginny is a lonely child in a new town. Befriended by a mysterious boy, she soon learns there is a darker side to this friendship. The child in her backyard is a ghost, stuck in time and held prisoner by something dark and twisted. Can she help her friend without losing herself?

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