Liana Olive Quinn lives in Nova Scotia, but she’s flung her fedora in many interesting locales over the decades. She’s delved into twisted and forbidden caves where hoards of bats watched her pass. She’s strolled ancient tunnels carved into a harbour bank centuries beforehand to hide the questionable of minds. She’s walked the dark streets of a mysterious village, wondering all the while if someone or something would pounce from the shadows. And then there are the cemeteries. Beautiful by day, haunting by night.
Liana enjoys sharing her passion for the dark, the mysterious, the unimaginable through short stories. Her first one Gardening for Her Life will appear in the fall of 2013.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nova Scotia, in a typical bungalow surrounded by a great forest. But more importantly I grew up in a time and place of freedom, when a kid rose in the morning, devoured breakfast and then set off for a day of adventure either with friends or by themselves. I spent many happy hours alone, exploring the great forest and its rivers, streams and lakes. I spied on lynxes, squirrels and the slow porcupine. I climbed trees, dug shallow caves in hill sides and paddled canoes far and wide.
This freedom to explore gave me the opportunity to capture life and transfer it onto paper. All my senses were alive: touch, smell, taste, sound and sight.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I felt I had something important to record. I didn't share with others until I felt these important things were written in a fashion they would be comprehended and enjoyed.
Margaret Saunders is a professional gardener who undertakes a personal interest in the lives of her clients. She retains knowledge of their favourite flowers, which plants trigger their allergies and what secrets they require to bury perpetually. When Ralph Burgess’ lover disappears, the citizens of East Pleasant Harbour point fingers. One however looks for a more down to earth solution.