THANK YOU LYNDA FOR VISITING WITH MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY!!

Lynda was born in Dunfirmline, Scotland in 1953, emigrated to Canada with her parents as a young girl. She grew up on the vast prairies of Western Canada, and loved the open wide spaces of that wild land. She was educated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, a town in the southeast corner of that province, and spent most of her time riding horses, barrel racing and hanging around rodeos and cowboys.

In 1968, the product of a troubled youth and a dysfunctional family, she found herself on her own at the age of fifteen, two thousand miles from her home, and knows first hand the dangers facing girls on our streets and the predators that prey on them. She was one of the lucky ones. She survived.

Later in life, she went east to Montreal for her education, graduating from the University of Montreal with a degree in Business Administration, which provided a fine income, but little in the way of personal satisfaction. Still in her twenties, she became a volunteer with social services to work with troubled teen-aged girls, and took every course the social agencies offered.

Soon, she became an outreach worker who worked with police, social agencies and charities, becoming a respected front-line worker, often initiating first contact with recovered abused and exploited children. Over the years, and in many different jurisdictions, this second career became the driving force of her life, which often took her into law-enforcement, child welfare agencies, prosecutors offices and the courts.

You can read more  about her career in child protection on her popular and widely read article The Rape of the Innocents. This article is one of many she’s written, posted on her publishing site and accessible here.

The picture you see above is not a true image of Lynda Martin, but the avatar she uses as her alter-personae  in the public world, as to use her true image would perhaps leave the histories of some of ‘her girls’ exposed.

Lynda and her husband Jim make their home in the sunny state of Florida, and in her beloved Alberta. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Now retired from child protection work, Lynda is a full-time writer, editor, writing teacher and coach.

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MBA: What at made you decide to write “This Bird Flew Away”?

The drive from Calgary, Alberta to North Port, Florida is a long one, particularly when two dogs are your only company.  Five days on the road is lots of time to delve into your own thoughts, to plot, to let your imagination hang out on the horizon and dream up characters.

I had already known I was ready to write another novel, and I knew it would involve the issues of family dysfunction, including child abuse, that it would reflect my many years of personal experience with troubled young girls and their recoveries.  Part of this was driven by my adverse reaction to how survivors are portrayed in popular media, which angered me by the twisted dramas presented. I realize sensationalism sells, but consider it unfair to the millions and millions of survivors.

If, as experts suggest, some 70% of women in this world have experienced some form of sexual assault before the age of 16, then clearly the majority go on to heal, to love and live a full life, most without any professional help at all. I wanted to write something closer to the truth than most, something without the bleak outlook, something optimistic.

By the time I arrived in Florida, I had the characters fixed in my mind, the plot mentally outlined and I was itching to get to my computer and get started. The story became my life, often keeping me up all night as it took on a life of its own. I stopped only to eat, sleep, grocery shop, clean house and let the dogs out. (And an occasional trip to the beach.)

Five months later, I was driving north, north-west again, with my first draft beside me, and had already sent an e-copy to my editor.

And my mind was working out the next novel, the sequence, Fly High, Fly Blind.

MBA: Do you feel a deep connection to your characters in “This Bird Flew Away? Why?

Bria, Jack and Mary are as real to me as anyone else in my life, perhaps more so.  They developed
into personalities far more complex and vivid than I had intended, sometimes surprising me in what they came up with next. They seemed to come from a level deeper than my conscious thought, and as a writer, I was simply the conduit through which they lived. It was my job to let go and let their story flow.

There are episodes in the book I had never intended. The characters took over and went their own way, but with a result that feels so right. I can’t fully explain why they do what they do. You’d have to ask them.

Believe me; I know how psychotic this sounds. Usually my work is carefully crafted, outlined and plotted. In This Bird Flew Away, none of that happened.  I started with a premise, and only the ketchiest idea of where the story would go and who these people would be.  That was the last bit of
planning this book saw.

I was possessed. That’s the only way to describe it.

MBA: Tell our readers a little about yourself?

My bio has been presented many times over and can be found on my website at tp://www.ThisBirdFlewAway.com  so I’m assuming you’d like to learn something about me other than that. First, I’m a private person living a quiet life in a little house here on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I write, work caring for seniors in their own home and do all the normal things: keep house, shop, cook,walk the dogs, go to the beach, have lunch with friends. I share this seemingly
boring life with my husband, Jim, and two mastiff dogs. I have two grown daughters and four grandchildren (two teenagers and two elementary school age) whom I don’t see as often as I would like, what with their living in Western Canada and me here in Florida.  There really isn’t much to tell. Any adventures are lived vicariously through my writing.

MBA: Can you give our readers a few tidbits on your next project?

First, there’s the sequel to This Bird Flew Away,with the working title of Fly High, Fly Blind, existing in draft form and currently in the hands of a few selected readers.  When I’ve gathered enough input from those readers, I will go into edit and revision. This book is in answer to the early
readers of “This Bird” who wanted to know “what happens next.”  You’ll find grown-up Bria well out of her comfort range (and mine, too) as she finds herself far from her home in Calgary and her practice as a child-advocate, entangled in a legal drama in New York (where Jack is.) All the old characters, Bria, Mary, Jack, Annie, Tara, Abe and a few new ones, the twins, Jack’s daughter, Lenny, come together again.

Secondly, I’m working out the skeleton for something completely different, a novel about later life issues, and how it’s never too late to start over.

MBA: Who do you credit for your biggest accomplishment? Why?

I suppose it’s fashionable to credit one’s accomplishments to someone else. And attractively modest, too.

But I can’t. My accomplishments are my own and I won’t say otherwise.  Now, if you were to ask me
who has made it possible for me to pursue those accomplishments, I have an answer: my husband, Jim. He’s supported me in all my hare-brained schemes and desires, in all the ways one can support another.

MBA: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write for yourself, for the sheer joy of doing so. Forget the idea of “the market” and any visions of fame and wealth. Success is finishing the work and knowing it’s the best it can be.

Should you publish and share the work, that’s icing on the cake. Should you actually make money from your effort, that’s nothing short of a miracle. And if you should earn yourself a name and some modicum of fame, you’ve beaten the astronomical odds.

Find those who can help you grow as a writer, perhaps a good editor, or a discerning reader. I’ve learned more about the craft of writing from my editor, Kathryn Lynn Davis, than I did from all the classes taken put together.  But do it for your own development, not for dreams of commercial gain.

The best writing is that from the heart, not written to some formula for market success.

I’ve many, many works that will never be read but had to be written and I don’t regret a single one.
This Bird Flew Away was published because it needed to be shared,and I don’t regret that either. My motive is not financial gain (a fact my publisher probably rues) but the belief this is a story many should read and contemplate.

MBA: If you could change anything in the world what would it be and why?

I’d like to see everyone wise-up to the game of “divide and conquer” being played by the real powers of this world.  Look at what’s going on in this country alone: are you left or right? Well, I can’t talk to you if your ideas are different than mine. The differences of race, gender, age, religion,nationality, political affiliations, even income, are all exaggerated to keep us isolated, fragmented, suspicious and denigrating of each other and unable to work together for meaningful change.

We have become dupes, unable to think for ourselves and instead cling to the cult-like programming set out for us.

Divide and conquer, one of the oldest and most successful ways of subjugating the populations, is what’s destroying our world.

That’s what I’d like to see change.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCEDULE TO VISIT WITH US TODAY, LYNDA…… 

This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin – NURTURE Book Tour Schedule:

This Bird Flew Away
Author: Lynda M. Martin
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published by: Black Rose Writing (January 27th, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 14+ for Mature Themes & Sexual Assault
ISBN 13: 978-1935605928

What is real love?

The whole world wants to know…

They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three — not one bit.

When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, Jack and his Aunt Mary search for her,  and  when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, he fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.

BOOK TRAILER: http://youtu.be/lT7pKwgb9js

***GIVEAWAY***

Thanks to Jadis at Nurture Virtual Book Tour,we are offering 1 luck commenter a PDF copy  of
“This Bird Flew Away” by Lynda M. Martin.
This giveaway is open globally. This giveaway will run from today September 15 until September 22,2011.Winners will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond..

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

MY THOUGHTS:

THIS BIRD FLEW AWAY by
Lynda M. Martin
is an interesting literary fiction 1967 thru 1986 Chicago and Canada. It is written
with depth,details,a few twists,and turns. It has survival,sexual exploited
children,sexual abuse,spousal abuse,mental and physical abuse, murder,
forgiveness,healing,the power of love, the human spirit,the connection of family
and triumph over pure evil.
The story is told from the perceptive of Bria,and Mary. Bria starts out as a
nine year old with a lot of spirit,opinionated,stubborn,and full of woe.She soon
learns at age of twelve all is not what it seems. She is abused
sexually,physically and traumatized but determined to save not only herself but
her young sister,Tara. Jack is her savior and has been since her early childhood
when her stepfather dies. But even he couldn’t save her from some of the
nightmares she went through.This is a fast paced story that will have you
reaching for tissues as you want to pull some of the characters out of the page
and crush them yourself. This story shows what abuse can do to young children
when no one sames to want to help and how some are survivors.This is a
touching story that will leave you gasping for breath on every page. A must
read. This book was received for review from Nurture Virtual Book Tours and the
author. Details can be found at Black Rose Writing.

RATING: 4

REVIEWED BY: April Renn