Book Genre: Historical fiction, literary suspense
Publisher: Demeter Press
Release Date: October 18, 2013
Buy Link(s): http://www.amazon.com/Lissa-M.-Cowan/e/B00G48XN3S
What if the only person you ever loved suddenly disappeared without a trace?
In 1789, Armande, a wet nurse who is known for the mystical qualities of her breast milk, goes missing from her mountain village.
Céleste, a cunning servant girl who Armande once saved from shame and starvation, sets out to find her. A snuffbox found in the snow, the unexpected arrival of a gentleman and the discovery of the wet nurse’s diary, deepen the mystery. Using Armande’s diary as a map to her secret past, Céleste fights to save her from those plotting to steal the wisdom of her milk.
Milk Fever is a rich and inspired tale set on the eve of the French Revolution–a delicious peek into this age’s history. The story explores the fight for women’s rights and the rise in clandestine literature laying bare sexuality, the nature of love and the magic of books to transform lives.
About Lissa M. Cowan
She is co-translator of Words that Walk in the Night by Pierre Morency, one of Québec’s most honoured poets. She has been writing and telling stories in one form or another since she was six years old and has received awards for her writing from the University of Victoria’s Writing Department and from The Banff Centre. She is an alumna of The Banff Centre and The Victoria School of Writing. She has had some wonderfully talented teachers along the way such as Nino Ricci, Jane Rule and Daphne Marlatt who have helped her hone her writing craft.
Lissa believes that inspiration for writing can come from anywhere and that lifelong creativity begins by cultivating a deep awareness of ourselves, and the world around us. She coaches her students to develop the skills to tune in—rather than wait for the muse—and to trust their intuition. She believes that true creative work begins with a loving relationship to self and spreads outwards to encompass all living beings.
When she’s not writing or teaching, you can most likely find her in a cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas. She just started work on a creative non-fiction book, though it’s too early right now to spill the beans on that one!
She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Studies from l’Université de Montréal and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Advice to new writers
The one big thing I’ve learned about being a writer is it’s not a profession but rather it’s a lifestyle, a vocation–an I-can’t-live-without-it kind of deal like, um, chocolate or sex. I have many friends who go to their 9 to 5 jobs and then come home and put their work behind them, yet a writer could never do that. Once you commit to writing, you are in it for the long haul. That means that even when you’re not sitting at your desk churning out your next bestseller, you are daydreaming. Or at least that’s how it seems to others. Yet really you are studying your protagonist, considering how she might react in a certain situation, gathering details for your story from the world around you. Just as my heart doesn’t stop beating even when I sleep, my mind is still thinking about my book, even when I’m not writing.
So my advice to new writers is simple.
Don’t feel guilty about what you love to do and must do. Don’t worry about telling friends you can’t come out and play because you’re writing–pretty much all the time.You will have many people who don’t understand and who think you’re selfish. They will put their own fears and worries onto you because they haven’t yet scratched their own creative itch. Yes, they will get sick and tired of hearing you say the same thing over and over. Remember, hat’s their problem not yours. Your job is to write every day. Not to write on the side of your desk or in between the more important stuff. Writing is the important stuff and if you don’t get that derriere of yours in that chair–if you don’t show up–then nothing will happen. Ever. Make a promise to yourself to write as much as you can. Before work, before the kids wake up, while at the dentist’s office, on the commute to work. Many books were written by famous authors while at their place of work! You don’t need perfect conditions, you just need to commit to it and stay the course.
I believe in you. I know you can do it.