Monday, October 5, 2020

Tide's End by Meredith Egan - Book Tour + Giveaway

 


Tide's End by Meredith Egan



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GENRE: Contemporary Fiction


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BLURB:


Taylor Smythe dreams of having a loving family. But first, he has to rescue his little sister Jenny from the gritty underbelly of the child cyberporn industry. Taylor journeys from homelessness in the inner city to a community in the dripping forests of the Pacific Northwest to confront the relentless pounding of his fiercest pain. Can he become the big brother Jenny needs right now, and for the rest of their lives? Tide’s End explores the many faces of sexual assault and human trafficking, and how life can shatter for those most affected – the victims. Because #MeToo is more common than we can imagine. As is #ChildrenToo and even #BoysToo. It tears apart our families and neighbourhoods. And wherever there is suffering, there are guardians and helpers who still the relentless pounding to encourage Tide’s End.


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EXCERPT

“Welcome, everyone. I’m Rosie, and I’m honoured to be here today,” she said, and she waved the long stick she was holding, getting us to stand. It had a carving of a big, black bird on the top and was painted bright colours. There was a large crystal in it, and some feathers fluttered from a ribbon. I liked it, I decided. 


“Let’s start this evening in a good way, with a prayer,” she said. A prayer? Weird.


“Thank you, Creator, for bringing us together tonight. Thank you for the journeys that brought us here, especially the good bits.” She asked for kindness on our “healing journey,” and open hearts and minds and other stuff. Then she said something I won’t forget. 


“Creator, we ask you to remind us to believe each other as much as we want to be believed. And to show us new ways to make sense of what happened to us. Help us find a way to go back into the world with less hurting.” Less hurting. An idea I could get behind. 


“Let’s be open to new things, and not be too judgemental.” She just stood there for a bit, and when she finally sat, so did everybody else. People were smiling, even me. 


“Tide’s End. I don’t know if you know why this place is named that, so I’ll try to explain. 


“Mission – the train bridge, actually – is the place where the folks who regulate fishing have decided the tides end. The water is brackish until here, up the river delta, but First Nations People have been fishing here since time…forever.  At least 10,000 years. We fished the salmon, and the sturgeon, and other fish. And we know about tides, and how they pound and beat on a place. Without ending.


“So, we called this place Tide’s End because we hope to help with the relentless pounding.” She adjusted her skirt and looked at us again. 


“We’ll talk about Taylor’s participating later, but for now, know that sometimes we are going to push you. Ask you to work hard. But you can always say no, if you need to. We just don’t want you to be disruptive…stopping someone else from getting what they need in the circle.” She smiled and handed the talking stick to Kate.


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Author Interview

1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
I believe my Kryptonite is being able to imagine a satisfying response to crime for everyone affected. I have lived and worked for decades with crime victims (after being affected myself), and know trauma and hardship.

AND my imagination crafts characters, understands their nuances and enjoys getting to know their darkest and lightest wishes…and then I start to write their stories.
Hopepunk in a grimdark world of contemporary fiction!

2. If you could tell your younger writing self, anything, what would it be?
JUST start! And keep going. You have to do something really poorly before you get really good at it, and wanting to start with perfection isn’t going to happen.

Also…learning the craft of writing has been exciting, and interesting, and such an amazing journey filled with the most brilliant people. Writers share so generously of their time and expertise…we always remember to look behind us and help those on their own journey of writing.

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
I grew up in a chaotic home, unfortunately. My Aunt and Uncle lived down the street from my family and had the most amazing weeping willow in their back yard. I’d sneak out with a book and climb up in their tree and read for hours…it was one of my happy places.

Later I found a small copse of cedar trees a farmer had planted in undeveloped land behind my neighbourhood. I’d cut through old farmer’s fields and climb dry-rock stacked fences to get to my cedar grove…and I laid on the ground looking up at the pattern the trees made against the sky and I’d talk to The Creator, and lose myself in stories, both ones I read and ones I made up.
How lovely it is to remember such things! 

What memories do you have involving books?

4. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why?
I was OBSESSED with David Copperfield as a high-school student. And with Stranger in a Strange Land. As well as Stephen in A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man…(James Joyce). 

I think, through all my obsessions, I’d like to hang out with David Copperfield – perhaps because of the history questions I have about that time in London…

5. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
A fantastical world where equality was truly a thing – post-capitalism, post-racism, post-COVID…that’s the world I yearn for.

I also hope it isn’t so fantastical that we can’t find our way towards it…

6. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I studied sciences in University at the prompting (okay, truth? Approval) of my parents, but I always minored in English/English Lit. I yearned to learn about English…but have a Doctorate in Pharmacy instead…which I haven’t used since 1995.

I think I wasn’t able to make a leap to “being an author” because I was never shown that opportunity.


7. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Compassionate. Determined. Grand-Ma-Mere. (That third one is pretty fresh…)


8. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I’ve had the privilege of meeting many “famous” people. Every year Diana Gabaldon accompanies me into the prison writing group I host (when we aren’t in a pandemic). I’ve had other brilliant authors also join me, like Bob Dugoni (check out his amazing work). I’m also a bit of a political geek, and have met many Canadian movers and shakers in this realm…but it probably all began when I was 12 years old living in Montreal and playing ringette – Jean Beliveau came to one of our tournaments and kissed me when I was given some (random) award. (It wasn’t for being an amazing player. Sigh.)



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Meredith Egan is an author of critically acclaimed novels, Just Living: a novel and Tide’s End: A Just Living novel. The stories are shaped from her work with crime victims and violent prisoners over more than thirty years. Meredith is trained in mediation and peacemaking circles., and has been honoured to learn from many First Nations peoples. Meredith coaches writers and other creative folks and offers workshops and training through her Daring Imagination work. 


Meredith is the principal at Wild Goat Executive Coaching where her clients include leaders in the automotive, technology, government and small business fields. She lives at the Groundswell Ecovillage in beautiful Yarrow, BC. with her dog Mollie, and rambunctious feline sisters Firefly and Filigree. For fun she dabbles in cooking soup for her neighbours, and soaking in her hot tub with her four adult children when they visit. 


You can find Meredith through her website, and on Facebook and Twitter for information about her novels, and her coaching work. Meredith welcomes opportunities to speak with groups about justice, and writing. Her books are available through Amazon and local bookstores.


Website: http://www.meredithegan.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meredith.egan.writer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WildGoatCoach

Amazon buy link: https://www.amazon.ca/Tides-End-Just-Living-novel-ebook/dp/B083HCP264


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Meredith Egan will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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