New book info by D.L. Hynes coming 2019:
We are delighted to announce that writer D.L. Hynes has signed to our publishing company.
D.L. Hynes was born in Newfoundland and raised in the small mining town of Wabush, Labrador, Canada, where for the first few years fast food selection and multi-channel TV were exotic, and where the Aurora Borealis danced in the sky eight freezing months a year. Learning to read at three with Peanuts comics as motivation, she used books to escape everything from geek loneliness to the unpleasantness of spinal cord surgery.
Despite commencing debauchery with a late bloomer’s vengeance at university, she managed to land on the Dean’s List and earn three pieces of paper in Montreal and Ottawa. She taught English to bright-eyed Japanese middle schoolers for three years with the JET programme in Kobe, where she also experienced a deadly 7.2 earthquake, developed PTSD, and won a prize for some traditional fan dance moves. During this period, she also travelled extensively and embarrassed herself often, safe from any long-term repercussion as the Internet hadn’t quite caught on yet.
She and her cat Friday moved to Vancouver and she met her true love, guitarist Dave, with whom she was to have several more black cats, including their current three. They now live in Hamilton, Ontario, where she works in an office while writing tons of fiction, watching tons of classic TV and movies, painting, reading, and hanging out at Dave’s gigs.
1) Childhood: I grew up in a remote village in the frozen north of Labrador, Canada, where northern lights were nightly and McDonald's was an exotic luxury, we had one TV station for many years, and everyone worked in an open-pit iron ore mine (even me, for a couple of student summers) where little green men were whispered to sneak around in tunnels. I spent my childhood summers in Newfoundland, where my grandfather was a schooner captain and where my heart will always be.
2) Career: I have studied, lived and taught English as a Second Language in Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Kobe (Japan), have travelled to the UK, US, Ireland, NZ, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Korea, but have never been to me. (Just joking on a cheesy old song lyric there. I have been to me, far too frequently.)
3) In Japan, I experienced a 7.2 earthquake in which 6000 others perished and a fifth of the city was left homeless. I learned, among many other things, the value of any pastime that can take your mind off the misery around you, for however long. I also developed PTSD that I didn't realize I had until a harrowing episode of Coronation Street reduced me to a quivering heap.
4) I love karaoke and will participate lustily, despite being only intermittently on-key. I am a little better at acrylic painting, which I do to relax and avoid washing my walls too often; most of my paintings are colorful, mainly copies of cartoons or cats acting like people.
5) I have dated musicians almost exclusively, and my partner is great at guitar, drums, and saving me from angry karaoke crowds. He is also teaching me drumming. We have always kept cats and currently have three, two blackies and a tux.
6) I have won amateur acting awards and would like to take it up again one day but writing and my office day job are my current priorities and reading and painting my main hobbies.
7) I was born on the Spring Equinox and have always believed that life is change and new beginnings are exciting, possible, and worth fighting - and living - for.
KG: What or who inspired you to be a writer?
DLH: My teachers Mrs. LaCour (4th Grade), Mrs. Cynthia Fleet (English and Theatre in high school) and my guidance counsellor, Mrs. Norma MacCara, along with my parents, Glenys and Joe (Greg) who didn’t flinch when I told them I wanted to write.
Writers who inspired me the most were Gordon Korman (who published for Scholastic at age 13), Margaret Atwood, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Roald Dahl, and YA writers Lois Duncan, Ellen Conford, and Ellen Raskin. They were just so readable.
KG: What gave you the idea of your latest book?
DLH: I became fascinated with the mystery of “gentleman skyjacker”, alias Dan/DB Cooper after watching a documentary about him on TV. I went so far down the Cooper rabbit hole, like so many amateur sleuths before me, that I decided I wanted to use the information I’d garnered, over hundreds of hours, for some practical purpose. I didn’t feel I could prove any suspect to be Cooper conclusively, so knew it would have to be a fictional story. And as I would have given anything to jump back into the past and board that flight just to find out who he was, I decided to make it a time travel story for my hero and heroine, who decide to do exactly that.
KG: Who is your favourite writer and why?
DLH: That’s so hard. I can’t name one, but the current top five are Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Douglas Adams, and Neil Gaiman, and as different as they all are, in all cases it is because they are first and always entertaining, make me laugh, make me think, make me feel, and make me fall in love with books all over again. But I love everyone from Shakespeare to Sidney Sheldon. If the story and characters can hold me, the writer has done their job, as far as I’m concerned.
KG: What's your favourite book?
DLH: It changes all the time, but it may be an Ellen Raskin Young Adult book called The Westing Game (I also like The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues). Or Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Or King’s The Dark Half, Robbins’ Jitterbug Perfume, Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate (I love chocolate), Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker series, or Atwood’s Lady Oracle.
KG: Do you read a lot? If so what are you reading right now?
DLH: I read all the time. Lately I’ve been re-reading Douglas Adams, a lot of mysteries as ever (Sayers, Christie, Grimes, Conan Doyle, Grafton, Sparkle Hayter, Lawrence Block – I love a good puzzle), and a biography of legendary drummer Keith Moon.
KG: What writing projects are you working on?
DLH: Apart from this time travel novel, I have completed two mysteries that I’m revising, thinking about the next book in the time travel series, and trying to pin down an idea I’ve had about a sinister motel.
KG: What do you like most about writing?
DLH: Losing myself in the story and trying to make it so others can do the same. I learned during the aftermath of a major earthquake that there is great value in entertainment absorbing enough to take your mind off the sometimes-harrowing realities of daily life. Not everything has to be high art. I just want people to be entertained, more than anything.
KG: Where do you see yourself and your writing in five years’ time?
DLH: I would like to have built a solid audience in fantasy and mystery fiction. I may foray into spookier stuff, but we’ll see. Mostly I just want to keep writing and finding readers to entertain. I’d love to be able to quit my day job and move into a writing space by the sea, but we’ll see.
KG: What one writing tip would you share?
DLH: It’s part gift, but like all creative things, mostly muscle. So keep writing. Write anything, whether you think it’s good enough to show or not. Eventually it will be. Oh, and read. Reading a great, absorbing book is so thrilling and inspiring. Get inspired by other authors and it will show in your own work,
KG: What would you say to educate and inspire young writers?
DLH: My story takes place partly on a 1971 airplane flight, when flight attendants (then called stewardesses or air hostesses) had to retire in their mid-thirties or when they got married or pregnant, whichever came first. In our fiftieth years, I got my first publishing contract and a friend my age got her first (lifelong dream) job as a flight attendant. Never give up on your dreams; life is change, and if you are still living, you’re still vibrant. Do you in style, no matter who, where, or how old you are.
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