When is the last time you were in Amazon or B&N or Wal-Mart and spent a half hour or so talking with a very knowledgeable salesperson, or even better… the store owner… over a freshly brewed cup of tea about your favorite authors?

Feisty Red Hair

There’s a wonderful bookstore in the nearby town of Owen Sound.  I discovered it quite by chance when I was perusing the website of Karen Connelly, one of my favourite Canadian writers, and saw that she was giving a reading at this bookstore.  Stunned to learn that there was even such a literary ‘happening’ spot in the area, I rushed to check it out.

It was love at first sight.

Rows of beautiful, brand-new books that smelled like paradise and looked like artwork, with their colourful spines and varying fonts and contrasting sizes.  A coffee bar at the back, selling a locally roasted brew.  Comfy chairs where talkative regulars sipped their steaming mugs and argued over Canadian foreign policy.  A cozy children’s section with wonderful titles on display and a toy box to distract the littlest ones.  A strange bathroom with two toilets, side by side – only one…

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About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found athttp://veronicathepajamathief.blogspot.com/ andhttp://veronicathepajamathiefwritespoetry.blogspot.com/, andhttps://veronicathepajamathief.wordpress.com/
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