Secrets Revealed: Norah McClintock

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My Secret by Norah McClintock Norah’s novel, My Life Before Me, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. I once saved someone from drowning, but he doesn’t know it. I spent three summers working as a nurses’ aide in a hospital when I was in university. I got the job not because I wanted a career in health care but because my aunt was a friend of the director of nursing, who offered me the job. I ended up working on men’s wards – large rooms with a dozen or more patients in them. Most […]






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Secrets Revealed: Eric Walters

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My Secret by Eric Walters Eric’s novel, Innocent, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. My mother died when I was four. When a parent dies when you’re little, you’re filled with all sorts of things: confusion, sadness, anger and a sense of shame. Somehow they ‘left’ because you weren’t good enough, or at least, you weren’t smart enough to figure out how to keep them around and alive. Growing up this was my ‘secret.’  People could know me for years without knowing that fact about me. Things like Mother’s Day–and the insistence of teachers […]






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Secrets Revealed: Kathy Kacer

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My Secret by Kathy Kacer Kathy’s novel, Stones on a Grave, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. My first language was Czech. Growing up as the child of immigrant parents was not always easy. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my parents passionately. They had survived one of the worst genocides in history – the Holocaust, and I admired their strength, resilience, and courage. They came to Canada in the early 1950’s and went to work, trying to provide a life for me and my sister that would be better and easier than theirs […]






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Secrets Revealed: Vicki Grant

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My Secrets by Vicki Grant Vicki’s novel, Small Bones, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. Secret #1: I’m a model for a denture clinic in British Columbia. I didn’t mean to model dentures but apparently somebody thinks I should. I live in Halifax, as does my 12-year old niece but she was recently in British Columbia on a holiday with her grandparents. At a mall in Surrey, they just happened to pass a large picture of a middle-aged lady smiling goofily out from a denture clinic window. “That’s Aunt Vicki,” Maxie said, as one […]






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Secrets Revealed: Teresa Toten

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My Secret by Teresa Toten Teresa’s novel, Shattered Glass, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. From the age of 10 to 16 I woke up every single night in the middle of the night, to check and see if my mother was still breathing. There are two threads that pushed this compulsion. The first was when a friend pointed out that if something happened to my mother, I would be an orphan. You see my father died when I was a baby and since Mama and I were immigrants, unlike Anne of Green Gables, […]






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Secrets Revealed: Kelley Armstrong

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My Secret by Kelley Armstrong Kelley’s novel, The Unquiet Past, is part of the forthcoming Secrets series. “I’m afraid of chickens.” Okay, I’m not specifically afraid of chickens. I have a fear of all birds—and bats. I blame the fact that I watched The Birds when I was far too young. They used to show old horror movies late at night on TV. It was my first sleepover, and we decided to watch one, which turned out to be The Birds. I’ve had problems with flying mammals ever since. It’s not a phobia—I just prefer […]






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