Today I’m excited to introduce Marcelle Dubé, author of Kirwan’s Son, a fascinating tale of a power struggle between the Seelie and Unseelie courts of Fae.
Where do you live and what is your writing space like?
I live in the Yukon, which is—let’s be honest—the best place in the world to live. I am surrounded by boreal forest, frigid lakes and rivers, and breathtaking mountains. Try not to be too jealous. My writing space is a corner of my (admittedly huge) bedroom, on a table with a comfy chair and surrounded by artwork and pithy sayings. I get a view of the mountain tops from my window, including the windmills on Haeckel Hill, and in the summer, I hear kids playing in the green space outside my window.
Why do you write?
I write because I can’t not write. I don’t do it to change the world, or even to change anyone’s opinion. I write because there’s an idea in my head that Just. Won’t. Leave. Me. Alone until I write it down. Sheesh.
What genre(s) do you write?
I write whatever I feel like writing at any given moment. So far, my stories have mostly fallen into the mystery or fantasy genres, with occasional forays into contemporary fiction and even romance. My stories are rarely strictly one genre or another—they are definitely hybrid. Alternate history/fantasy/mystery, ghost story/suspense… chimera, all…
Tell us about the book you have in this bundle. How did it come to be?
Kirwan’s Son tells the story of the modern-day O’Rourke clan, descendants of the titular Kirwan, who answer the Faery king’s call for help. The story came about when my daughters, much younger then, asked me for a story about elves. I’m pretty sure this isn’t what they had in mind.
Are you a planner, or do you write into the dark? Do you write fast or slow?
I sail off into the darkness every time. Blithely, as if I know what I’m doing. Just once, I’d love to be able to do a detailed outline and then write the story quickly. But no. Apparently that’s not in the grand plan for me. I start with an idea and I just start writing. That makes me slow because I sometimes have to pause while my conscious mind catches up to my subconscious. And sometimes I have to backtrack and figure out where I sailed off the edge of the world.
“The novel has a marvelous sense of dread. The dread got so severe that I finally had to make a decision: set the novel aside or read it in one lump to the end. Of course, I opted to finish it. Marvelous book, dark and rewarding.”
What are you currently working on?
Right now, I’ve almost finished my fifth Mendenhall mystery, which features Chief of Police Kate Williams and her intrepid constables in tiny Mendenhall, Manitoba, population 16,314. The first in the series saw Kate trying to find a maybe missing kid in The Shoeless Kid. This time around, Kate has to deal with the theft of bull semen (no, I’m not kidding) and suspicious activities at a building site.
Next up is the second in the A’lle Chronicles, following Backli’s Ford: In 1711, a generation ship crash landed in Lower Canada. Survivors stumbled out of the wreckage to find French settlers working the land. While many of the colonists sheltered the injured A’lle, some reacted with fear and loathing. Two centuries later, nothing much has changed.
This is the world Constance A’lle, first A’lle investigator for Lower Canada, must deal with.
The second book follows Constance as she investigates the conspiracy against the A’lle while trying to keep the boiling cauldron of fear and suspicion in Montreal from boiling over in the wake of an outbreak of smallpox.