What inspired you to write this book?
I grew up on the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, Canada, and was surrounded by native culture that was mysterious and inspiring. I was drawn to the ocean, to killer whales and dolphins, and to the folklore that surrounds them. WHALE SONG was born from all of this and from parts of my own life. But this is Sarah’s story, not mine.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
WHALE SONG explores themes of racism, bullying, child abuse, assisted death, hope and forgiveness. Many book clubs and schools across Canada and the US (and even a NATO school) have read it and the response has been amazing. Adult readers are brought back to their youth, to all the trials and teenage angst, and are left with a feeling that they have succeeded and survived. Young people who read WHALE SONG are comforted and inspired by the knowledge that they are not alone in their trials and that hope and forgiveness is always there for the taking.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing.
I am a full-time author and book publisher, but when I did work, mostly I was self-employed. I’ve had my own hair salon, private dayhome for children, sold Pampered Chef and more. Years before that I worked in advertising, promotion, sales, marketing and was a motivational speaker for a well-known international company. All of my experiences have shaped my writing in one way or another. But mostly, I just write from the heart—because that is where the true story lays.
Describe your style of writing
My writing changes subtly with each novel since I don’t stick to one boxed-in genre. I write simply, but with emotion. I prefer to let action and dialogue tell the story through my characters. Writing, for me, is like painting a picture or producing a movie—I want readers to see it in their minds.
Which authors have inspired you?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Luanne Rice, Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood…and so many more.
By: Cheryl Kaye Tardif
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