Roxanne Sackville knows some big-time authors who use flowcharts to help guide writing their works. The Sault Ste. Marie author takes a much simpler approach.
“I sit here and I just write,” said Sackville. “It just all kind of flows out.”
The just released McBride's Gem is the first of a five-book deal the Windsor native has with Destiny Whispers Publishing. She writes under the pen name Roxy Matthews.
Sackville started the 291-page romance/suspense novel when working at Roxy's Lakeside Grill in Goulais River in 2014. She'd ask regulars for ideas. Some few proofread the book's first few chapters. The Haviland Bay area helped inspire the former Kapuskasing resident create the fictional community of Pale Bay, a small town “off the beaten track” in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Hawk McBride, a private investigator who is new to Pale Bay after getting shafted by his greedy brother, stops to help.
Her restaurant is in jeapordy. His business is already gone and his money loving sibling is itching to get a mythical gem and Ronin.
“(There's) a whole string of bad luck that brings them together,” said Sackville.
A science-fiction work, Drago's Destiny, is due out in August. Troubled Waters follows McBride's Gem. Rising Tides and Destiny's Warrior round out the four tales based at Pale Bay. The titles in the series are expected to be released every three months.
“I always shot for the stars and I finally got there, so I'm pretty excited,” said Sackville.
The mother of two credits a voracious reading regimen, one to three days is average to finish a title, for encouraging her to tell her own tales. She previously self-published two murder/mystery works, Misery's Companion and Tools of Terror. That experience “blew chunks.” But her enjoyment of author Sharon Sala, Sackville estimates she's read about 80 of her books, prompted her to try authoring another work.
“Maybe I've learned enough that I can give it a shot again, put myself out there and see if I can end up on that book tour bus and having a little bit of wine while somebody else drives me to my next stop,” said Sackville. “I figured why not give it a shot.”
The opportunity to be creative offers a rich payoff of its own.
“You hear people say that the characters talk to you and they really do,” said Sackville. “The things they say I can sit here and just let it all out. The things they say make me laugh all day long. It's fun. It's definitely the creativity. It's the excitement of what they're going to get into. You forget everything else in the world. You forget the news. You forget the bills are piling up. You're just off in that little world of happiness.”
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