Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Carnival of Cryptids now available!

I'm pretty excited!

I am a Kindle All-Star!

My story "The Ogopogo Club" was selected to be a story in the Carnival of Cryptids anthology. 

Carnival of Cryptids is the second Kindle All-Stars release, and it features eight brand new stories. 

Amazon says:

The Creatures of Myth and Legend

"Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra. These are the names whispered by villagers and sailors and adventurers around the world. They fill the imagination with wonder and drive ordinary men mad in their quest to tame them.
Join the Kindle All-Stars as they set off in search of the unseen. Journey with them into the heart of imagination itself, where the jungle grows dark and when something moves against you beneath the surface of the water, you dare not look."

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Where is Lillian? Presentation in Vanderhoof

Who: ME! Susan Smith-Josephy, author of the non-fiction history book "Lillian Alling: the journey home" published by Caitlin Press.

What: "Where is Lillian?" Slide show (OK, it's a Power Point, actually) and talk about Lillian Alling, and some chat about upcoming book on Cataline (Jean Caux), famed mule train packer. Open to questions about writing, publishing, research, whatever!
When: Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 7pm
Where: Vanderhoof Public Library
230 Stewart Street E, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0
(250) 567-4060

Why: BC Heritage Week

Friday, January 4, 2013

Writing the Cataline book

As many of you may know, I'm writing a book about the famed BC packer, Jean Caux. Caux was also known as Cataline, and he first came to British Columbia in 1858, worked as a mule and horse train packer until 1912. He was a grand fellow, and I'm enjoying learning about him and his life. He worked well until his late 70s, and he looks fit and healthy in those later photos. 

I'm hoping to have the first draft of the manuscript to Caitlin Press by late February of this year, so am working hard to achieve that goal. This week I'm plugging away at the 1870s and 1880s chapters. These were fascinating times in British Columbia history, what with B.C. joining Confederation in 1871, and the Omenica goldrush of the mid-1870s. There were also great technological strides such as the telephone and railway. The first telephones came into the bigger cities of British Columbia in the 1870s and then in the 1880s the Canadian Pacific Railway changed the landscape of our province forever. Communication was still difficult in the areas further away, of course, and people still relied on packers, dog sleds, walking, stage coach and horse.

The packers that supplied the province with goods were still very much in evidence until well into the 1920s, changing their routes to follow the needs of their customers.

Here's a photo of Cataline. Isn't he handsome?

Image A-02038 courtesy of Royal BC Museum, BC Archives

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