Canada Authors

How My Writing Allowed Me to Heal

Shaena Lambert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Shaena Lambert

In February, 2012, as I worked to complete my book, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was thrust into a world of MRIs, visits to the cancer clinic, operations, radiation. I was afraid. Yet, to my surprise, I found myself writing in a more focused way than ever before, with more efficiency and less drama. Even on bad days, I headed to my desk. By disappearing into writing, I had a refuge, and to my surprise the stories I had been having trouble finishing finished themselves. The cancer may have nailed me, but I really felt, as I sat writing under that apple tree, that I was nailing it back.

Chicken Soup for the Arrogant Soul

Tim Sandlin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Tim Sandlin

If you go on a book tour, I would advise against behaving like a jerk. The media escorts gossip. With a minimum of prodding, they dish the dirt. Jeffrey Archer is a legend for his bad behaviour. Next most arrogant, rude and demanding are the editors from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Think about that.

The Rule of Thirds, An Excerpt From Chantel Guertin's Latest Novel

Chantel Guertin | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Chantel Guertin

Glenys Grange looks me up and down. She has poufy gray hair, brown bushy eyebrows. Clear plastic glasses sit on top of her head like a headband. She's wearing a bright pink T-shirt that says I'm So Hip I Needed a Replacement. Maybe she has a sense of humour? Laugh lines furrow the skin around her eyes, but she's not smiling now. "You must be Philadelphia. It's so nice to meet you in person."

Jeff Bezos Will Save the Washington Post

Diane Francis | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

While the outcome is fairly obvious, the question is why did Bezos pay $250 million (he paid $500 million but $250 was its real estate) for the Washington Post? Why didn't he just start offering content deals to publishers and journalists then sell it on Amazon as he does now with movies?

How to Take Criticism, And Why it Doesn't Always Matter

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Living
Donald D'Haene

Criticism is very subjective. My first editor told me, "I don't care for your writing style. Too personal." A decade later that personal style landed me a publisher's contract for my autobiography, Father's Touch. My advice when seeking out critical opinion is not to sell yourself short -- aim high, not low.