Pay It Forward Friday: Steve Vernon

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Steve Vernon.

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Steve says this of himself:

“I am a storyteller.

I am a writer.

Words are what I work with – whether spoken or written.

Over the last few years I have released three maritime ghost story collections – HAUNTED HARBOURS: GHOST STORIES FROM OLD NOVA SCOTIA, WICKED WOODS: GHOST STORIES FROM OLD NEW BRUNSWICK and HALIFAX HAUNTS: EXPLORING THE CITY’S SPOOKIEST SPACES.

A fourth collection – a follow up to HAUNTED HARBOURS – is due out in the fall of 2011.

I have also released a children’s picture book MARITIME MONSTERS.

I have recently released my very first Young Adult novel, SINKING DEEPER.

I have a cat named Kismet who ignores me. I have a beautiful wife named Belinda. I have a backyard full of blue jays, crows, the occasional chipmunk, and dandilions galore.

My Mom thinks I’m pretty cool too – or at least she tells me that.

Have a look through the blog and you’ll find out if mom is lying or not.”

Steven has written two ebooks:

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Click here to check them out.

He’s also the author of the very popular Haunted Harbour, among others.

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Haunted Harbours has sold over 7 000 copies! You can pick up copies at Amazon.ca , Amazon.com and Chapters/indigo/Coles.

A very talented writer, Steve warns that “…I have a bit of a split-personality when it comes to my writing. In addition to all of the wonderful family-friendly regional books I have released there is a darker side to my work.” Check out Steve’s blog here and find out more about this amazing Canadian author.

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Posts I loved this week

These are the posts I loved this week.

I loved this post because I’m always looking for extra time to write. The site Becoming Minimalist has 5 steps to help you find more time in your life. Great post!

Okay, Infinitefreetime simply because…well, I just can’t get enough of that blog. Here’s an example of how to make a post about soup be funny, interesting and captivating. Soup! I kid you not.

Sourcerer had a great post on how-to for Twitter. One not to be missed! His results speak for themselves on this one. Again this is thanks to Gene’O who’s willing to share what’s worked for him with the masses. A big thank you, Gene’O! And this awesome Trailer for Game of Thrones fans! It made my hubby drool.

Outmanned is another guilty pleasure of mine. This week, she had a hoot of a post on Mondays. Hilarious.

A big shout out to Skye Callahan, an incredibly talented writer, who’s releasing her new book: Bound and Unbroken on Feb 25.

Loved this post by Mishka Jenkins on developing a love story without rushing it while under a word constraint. Check out her site, A Writer’s Life for Me.

Winter Bayne had a great post this week. She not only gave a little update on how she was doing but she also posted a list of great blog posts! Ooh! I loved that. Ahem. 🙂

Live to write-Write to live had this great post by Deborah Lee Duskin on saying yes to writing by saying no. So good!

Jeff Moore had this great post on motivation. His blog, Everyday Power Blog, is absolutely amazing.

Bottledworder had this great post on how to become a more productive writer. He had six great tips to follow. His tips were awesome and really helpful. Loved it! This is a superb blog, featured on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed and for good reason.

Last but definitely not least, Penny Dreadful. Andrea Whittle writes amazing reviews (meaning really well written and explained). She can analyze a book like a master surgeon and tell you what works and what doesn’t. Eloquently. I love reading her reviews. If you’re looking for a good read, search no further.