Faster Than Truth ~ notes

For a time, I contemplated a career as a news reporter, even though my popular contribution to our middle-school newspaper was a monthly series entitled “The Purple People Eaters.” Clearly neither journalistic reporting nor even an original title. (You can check out the inspirational old song for that effort here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9H_cI_WCnE  )

That fun mini-series eventually caused a surprising amount of pressure since after about three episodes, I was running out of ideas for my alien characters and classmates frequently asked what was going to happen next. I didn’t know but felt compelled to keep going—and kept wondering if reporting straight-up news was an easier avenue for my writing aspirations. Time and experience have shown that neither is easy.

I stuck with fiction, maybe because I get to do what journalists don’t—write a fitting ending. The world can be a messy place with troublesome loose ends and generations can pass before some chronicles conclude. Often, the best journalists can do is give us an account of “what happened”. At other times, they may be able to produce deeper reports that link past influences with present forces and provide us with context to gain broader understanding. And while I recognize that reports of current events (like all recorded history) are to varying degrees filtered accounts, I continue to hold good journalism in high regard. Because despite the very human imperfections of journalists, we need them. We need people with the fire and will and integrity to get out there, ask questions, and report the facts they find to us.

Which is why it’s deeply troubling to see the prevalence of misinformation and blatant attempts by some in powerful places to control the narrative of journalists or denigrate their work with accusations of “Fake News”. Even more horrifying are the increasing incidences of journalists being imprisoned or even murdered for doing their jobs. Time Magazine honored them beautifully by naming “Person of the Year” for 2018 “The Guardians of the Truth”. http://time.com/person-of-the-year-2018-the-guardians/

Long before that article appeared, I knew I needed to look at some aspects of this disturbing trend and Faster Than Truth is the fictional result of my exploration. The story’s teen narrator, Declan, is an aspiring journalist struggling to discover what it means for him to become a contemporary newsperson. I believe he’s in the company of real people who’ve gone before and continue now to strive to inform us. His story will be published May 15, 2019 https://www.crwth.ca/faster-than-truth/

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Faster Than Truth ~ New Book!

To celebrate the upcoming publication of my newest book, Faster Than Truth, the publisher, Crwth Press, is holding a contest for teens who would like to “Think Like a Journalist”. The contest runs from now until May 2, 2019. All the details for entry and prizes can be found here:
https://www.crwth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FasterThanTruthMediaPackage.pdf

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Read Local Event

I hope you can join me and other local authors at the White Rock Public Library on April 7, 2019.

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Writing

Bonavista, Newfoundland

Last June, I was lucky enough to travel from the West coast of Canada to the East coast, to the stunningly beautiful province of Newfoundland. I was even luckier to see this spectacular iceberg off the coast of Bonavista. In this shot, it looks like two bergs, but it actually had three peaks and naturally, the bulk of this amazing travelling island of ice was beneath the surface.

Maybe the chilly weather covering much of the continent at present reminded me of this icy image, or maybe it’s simply the need to update my blog from time to time, something I’m inconsistent with because like a berg, I prefer to be deeply immersed in my current work in progress. Work that I hope will be much like this iceberg, shining on the surface while it conveys hidden depths. It’s early days for this new novel, and I’m loving my job. Here’s to the cold making sitting at the keys a cosy, happy enterprise.

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Questions about writing or illustrating books for children and youth?

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Companions on the Journey

I am blessed to share the journey of growing my writing craft with two wise and dear women. One of them has expressed this most exquisitely here: https://www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca/blog/

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Book Reading ~ Arts4All Festival

The city of Surrey, BC, is hosting a wonderful arts festival on September 28, 29 and 30th. There will be music, dance, arts and literary readings by some talented authors. Many events are free, including the one I’m participating in. I will be reading from my latest book, Quiz Queens at 2 pm on September 29th at 2 pm.

http://arts4allfestival.com/ocean-park-library/

You can check out the full calendar of Arts4All events here: http://arts4allfestival.com/events/

Hope to see you there!

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“Best Books” and a New Year

 It was a pleasure to see my latest book, Quiz Queens, included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre list of Best Books for 2017 – a lovely recognition to end the year.

There has been a lull in my writing of late, but two new stories are clamouring to be written and I can’t wait to get back to work. Wishing all a new year abundant in the joy of creating!

~ K. L. Denman

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Final Book Giveaway ~ La revanche parfait

Okay, maybe it’s not the final time ever that I’ll have books to give away, but the French edition of Perfect Revenge is the last of the foreign language translations of my books I have on hand. It’s been fun to send these books off to the winners (selected through Goodreads), with the hope that they will be read and enjoyed. This contest runs from December 13th to the 21st. You can click on the link in the sidebar to enter.

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Another Book Giveaway ~ Agent Angus, Swedish Edition

Contest on Goodreads runs from November 26th to December 4th. Beautiful hardcover Swedish edition.   

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