I was born in the tiny town of Campbell River, B.C. and grew up a child of missionary parents in East Africa. From an early age I discovered a love of reading and shortly thereafter discovered a joy and talent for writing. By the time I reached high school I was writing for fun and slowly getting interested in both reading and writing romance. My first published novel was written back in 2009 and it took a little convincing to try getting it published. I live in Ontario with my husband, young daughter and two cats. I love Canada. Because of my love for this great country, most of my stories are based here.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent most of my childhood in East Africa. I think that being a missionary kid has strongly affected my writing, at least in my first published books. One of my main characters is the child of an Anthropologist and soon learns what it's like to be uprooted from everything she knows and loves and put into a culture she knows nothing about. As a missionary kid I moved around every one to two years and then, when I was ten years old, my family moved back 'home'. There is a term, 'third culture kid', which basically means that you are not really a part of the culture you were born in, nor the culture you were raised in, and you kind of straddle both and make up your own culture. Eventually the TCK either carves out a niche for themselves or they move back to the country they feel most comfortable. In my main character's case, she carved out a niche for herself.
When did you first start writing?
That all depends on what you mean by 'writing'. I am pretty sure I started to form words and sentences when I was five, but my first actual story was around the age of seven. Ever since, I have written purely for the fun of it, and I wish that I had saved some of those stories. As I got older, I found most of those stories childish and silly, so I threw them out. Now I wish I hadn't. It would be fun to look back on what I used to consider important in a story.
The sequel to The Heart's Discovery.
You never forget your first love.
Even if it hurts your chance at second love.
Anjaline has moved to Ontario where she realizes her dream of being a journalist. Gabriel remains in Hope Valley and becomes a skilled carpenter. This is their journey into new love, growing up and discovering who they were meant to be. Will they ever meet again?
I recently read Alycia Linwood's young adult novel entitled Dangerous. I found the storyline different from others I've read, which was a definite plus. One thing I think Ms. Linwood could use though, is a professional editor or even proofreader. While the grammar was nearly flawless (kudos by the way on having very few typos) the dialogue was unbelievable at times and I found myself wondering if the characters were in high school instead of university simply in the way they were portrayed. They seemed to lack the maturity of university students, both in action and dialogue. I stumbled a little over the believability of Ria's parents' sudden change of heart in the scene where they explain the decree of the great-grandfather, minutes after screaming at Ria that she is 'ruining our family's reputation'. I did however admire Ria's loyalty to Paula in spite of the bad decisions her friend made. The closeness of the two girls was very touching and Michael is a gentleman, something hard to find in a lot of university age guys. All in all, I think this story has potential, but needs a lot of going over for style, believability and dialogue. I was a little disappointed in the ending, but if there is a sequel planned, this should be resolved easily. I would recommend that Ms. Linwood offer a few pages at the end of her book with a section to read from the next (if this is a series) as well as release date for the next book so the reader is not left hanging. Good luck with all your writing endeavours, Alycia.