Arts & Life
Canstar Community News
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/6/2014 (2219 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The past year has been an exciting one for Headingley author Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk.
She was recently onstage in New York City receiving a bronze medal for her first novel, Wounded, at the Independent Book Publisher Awards, part of the annual BookExpo America convention. Wounded is also a finalist in the first book and female writer categories in this year’s High Plains Book Awards, a competition open to authors from 12 states and three Canadian provinces.
"The book caught on a bit faster than I anticipated," Joyce-Hawryluk said.
Wounded is the first book in the author’s Scarlet Force series. Based on RCMP officers’ true experiences, Joyce-Hawryluk created a fictional account of the work and lives of police members at the Headingley RCMP detachment.
"It’s not strictly a who-dunnit mystery," she said. "I want to provide a glimpse into police officers’ lives."
She drew on her 18 years of experience as a social worker and that of her husband, Dr. Garry Hawryluk, a psychologist providing service to the RCMP. She also sought advice from current and retired RCMP members to ensure her writing rings true.
"The feedback I received from RCMP officers and their wives is that they like it," she said.
Interviewed on June 10, the day that a regimental funeral service was held for the three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, Joyce-Hawryluk shared her feelings of gratitude for the service that all police officers provide and for the courage and selflessness they demonstrate when confronting danger in our communities.
"It’s not fiction. It’s real," she said.
After launching Wounded in Winnipeg last September, she, editor Arvel Gray, and marketing co-ordinator Jeni Wykes travelled to Calgary where Joyce- Hawryluk appeared at two Chapters locations, two independent bookstores and gave a private reading. The book is available at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson Booksellers and Chapters stores.
Wounded is the first of a three-part Scarlet Force series, and Joyce-Hawryluk is working on the second novel. "I’m doing the research now."
She purposely left some themes unresolved at the end of Wounded, and plans to pick up these loose ends in her second novel.
Joyce-Hawryluk is donating some of her book sale proceeds to RCMP "D" Division’s Slain Peace Officer Fund.
For more information on Joyce-Hawryluk’s book, see www.scarletforce.com
Community journalist — The Headliner
Andrea Geary is the community journalist for The Headliner. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org Call her at 204-697-7124
Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.
To those who have made donations, thank you.
To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.
The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.
After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.
If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.
We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.