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A local author is adding a little fantasy into Winnipeg’s streets.
Samantha Beiko, publisher, author and podcast host, recently released Scion of the Fox, the first of her young adult literature trilogy. Scion follows a high school-aged orphan as she explores his family’s past and finds herself confronted with a monster living in in the river.
Beiko plans to release a second part in 2018 and a third in 2019, which she says will mean a busy, focused couple of years ahead.
By day, Beiko works full-time as a publisher.
"I’m helping authors and people with their publishing lists, selling other peoples’ books, so I’ve been focused on everyone else," Beiko said. "I’m at this point with these books that I have to focus more on my own work. There’s a lot ahead. It’s very exciting," she said.
"It’s funny how publishing works, that Scion just came out, and I’m doing a book launch… but my editor is like, ‘Well, now time to forget about Scion, we have to get the next one out.’"
Being on both sides of the process has given Beiko some advantages in promoting her book, which is already getting attention for its storyline and unusual setting: Winnipeg.
"It takes place here in modern day Winnipeg — battles on the Osborne bridge, and the statues on the Leg come to life, and I set it here because there’s a lot of neat places you can turn into your fantasy playground," Beiko said. "It has the odd agent or publisher asking, ‘would you consider setting it somewhere more mainstream?’ But people are still going to pick it up and read it, even if they don’t know the geography."
And while fantasy has been trending in the young adult world for some time, Beiko’s book is a little different in that it doesn’t have a romantic storyline, which she said wasn’t on purpose.
"It’s kind of like the characters are too busy trying to defeat this demon to have feelings," Beiko said. "It’s not the focal point. And it’s funny, I read the reviews and people have noted it and said it’s really refreshing, and I didn’t think about that. It just kind of happened that way."
When she’s not busy writing and publishing, she also does illustration and visual art. She recently won an Aurora award, presented by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association, for the cover art she did for an anthology called Strangers Among Us.
"It was nice. It’s a really nice award, and I’m glad they still run it," Beiko said.
Now, she’s also working on hosting a podcast Business BFFs with friend and colleague Clare Marshall, which combines their experiences in the industry.
"We had a lot of anecdotal stuff that we wanted to share, that we didn’t know about when we started," Beiko said.
For more info on any of Beiko’s projects, visit smbeiko.com
Community journalist — The Metro
Alana Trachenko is the community journalist for The Metro Email her at alana.trachenko@canstarnewscom Call her at 204-697-7132