March 28, 2017: A Quiet Roar manuscript is being proofread today in preparation for going to the printer March 31st. This is very exciting for me.
April 4, 2017: A Quiet Roar is available for pre-order online on the Amazon website. It is listed at just over $20.
April 6, 2017: In the late '90s someone recommended I read Sharon Butala's The Perfection of the Morning. It was a life-changing read. It also turned out to be a #1 National Bestseller. The book not only inspired me to write my own memoir eventually, it opened my eyes to the possibility of writing about Nature as a character and as a profound influence in one's life.
April 10, 2017:
Sharon Butala likes A Quiet Roar! QUOTE
Heidi Redl has written a story about living with MS as it progresses degree by degree and year after year. But this is a story about stubbornness, perseverance, courage, hope, and a good deal more success than failure, and as such, it is a book we could all learn from about how to get through and past the many adversities and travails of a life. I think you should read and learn from it.
She has a new book out now too, called Where I live Now. I can hardly wait to read it.
April 13, 2017: When you have MS, having the energy to do Spring Cleaning is a rare gift. Today I am celebrating clean windows.
April 17, 2017: Excitement is building as I now have a definite publication date of May 10th for A Quiet Roar. The MS newsletter, MSenger, is featuring A Quiet Roar on its front cover and it reaches subscribers across BC!
April 18, 2017: Where I Live Now, Sharon Butala's new book is a wonderful, moving meditation and tribute to her late husband, Peter. It was lovely to read.
April 19, 2017: A Quiet Roar will be released on May 10, 2017. Finally!
April 20, 2017: Having MS bites. I'm back in my wheelchair this morning. For some reason I'm suffering an exacerbation and I can't walk today. Thank goodness for a wheelchair and an accessible house. At least I can still write and today will be a writing day!
April 22, 2017: Trigeminal neuralgia is causing my problems the past few days, not MS. Well. I'm prone to attacks of neuralgia and the accompanying pain, which feels like a sculptor is renovating my face with a hot knife but now I have a medication called Tegritol. Tegritol cuts the pain quite handily, thank God, but it causes extreme fatigue. There's just no winning when you suffer nerve damage is there? I'm just lucky I work from home and don't have to drive to get anywhere right now.
April 25, 2017: My new novel is dedicated to the more than 150,000 Aboriginal children across Canada who endured the Indian Residential School system, and to the memory of at least 6,000 children who perished in it.
April 27, 2017: I'm doing heavy research for my new novel, working title The Story of the Death of Duncan Sticks. Heartbreaking, some of it, for eg. this letter written by William, Chief of the Williams Lake Shuswap in 1879 after the failure of that year’s salmon runs when his people had already been pushed off the best agricultural land in the area and onto drier, marginal land:
He wrote: I am an Indian Chief and my people are threatened by starvation. The white men have taken all the land and all the fish. A vast country was ours. It is all gone. The noise of the threshing machine and the wagon has frightened the deer and the beaver. We have nothing to eat. My people are sick. All the Indians from Canoe Creek to the headwaters of the Fraser say, “William is an old woman. He sleeps and starves in silence.” I am old and feeble and my authority diminishes every day. I am sorely puzzled. I do not know what I say next week when the chiefs are assembled in a council. A war with the white man will end in our destruction, but death in war is not so bad as death by starvation.”
April 30, 2017: I found this meditation this morning on the Henri Nouwen site online and it really made me think: The great paradox of life is that those who lose their lives will gain them. That is so true of people who suffer from MS. I must remember this as I struggle to get back on my feet after my latest bout with neuralgia, the bout that planted me squarely back in the wheelchair. As I've lost my physical life, ie running and moving freely, I've gained so much more in my mental life. I've written a book, found new friends and learned so much about how rich a quiet life of the mind can be.
May 3, 2017: My awesome publisher is starting to line up a book tour for me for A Quiet Roar. The book is leaving the printers as I type this.
May 10, 2017: I'll be in 100 Mile House at Nuthatch Books on May 24th 11:00am - 2:00pm doing a reading and book-signing for A Quiet Roar. I hope to see many people there. This is a neat bookstore and they carry a lot of great titles.
May 11, 2017: Schedule change: I'll be in 100 Mile House signing books at Nuthatch Bookstore on May 31st from 11 - 2, NOT May 24th.
May 15, 2017: I'll be in Quesnel signing books at Books & Co on June 1st, 10 - 2 and in Prince George signing books at Books & Co on June 2nd 10 - 2. I hope to see lots of new friends there.
May 17, 2017: Early sales of A Quiet Roar are going well. The book is flying off the shelves at Amazon.com and in real-life bookstores.
May 19, 2017: Reading a wonderful book today by Caroline Myss: the Anatomy of Spirit. For anyone interested in holistic therapies and energy healing- I highly recommend this!
May 22, 2017: Tomorrow morning (May 23rd, 9:00) I'll be calling Radio NL in Kamloops for an interview with host Jim about A Quiet Roar.
May 23, 2017: Well, that was a nerve-wracking interview! However, I think it went well. I was able to answer all of Jim's questions about the book and even some about Liberation Therapy. Tomorrow I am at the Open Book in Williams Lake, doing a book launch and signing. Yesterday I did an interview with the 100 Mile Free Press in preparation for next weeks book lauch there at Nuthatch Books.
Change to book tour schedule: June 6th in Kamloops NOT June 8th.
May 25, 2017: That was a great book launch last night at the Open Book in Williams Lake. Thanks so much to all who came out. It was fun!
May 30, 2017: I just answered a bunch of questions for a write-up on the book in MS News Today. This book of mine is getting good coverage in other publications. Tara Sprickerhoff wrote a great article on it in the 100 Mile Free Press, Gaeil Farrar has written wonderful stuff for the Williams Lake Tribune, the MS Newsletter has been promoting the heck out of this book...
If you're in 100 Mile House tomorrow between 11 - 2, come see me at Nuthatch Books where I'll be doing a reading and signing books.
May 31, 2017: Nuthatch Books in 100 Mile House is a great place to spend a couple of hours, signing books or just browsing... Kay and Joy were awesome to visit with while I was signing books. Plus, we sold all but one of the books they had in stock.
June 3, 2017: Well, that was a whirlwind tour with book signings in Quesnel and Prince George and a radio show appearance on CFIS in Prince George. Thank you to my wonderful Tom for driving me around and we even got to have dinner in Quesnel with Sam Redl, who met us there as he leaves for holidays in another country.
June 5, 2017: Kamloops Public Library at 6:00 pm tomorrow for a reading of A Quiet Roar.
June 6, 2017: A Quiet Roar made it on the BC Bestsellers LIst!
June 10, 2017: I'm happy to sign anyone's copy of A Quiet Roar. If you're in Williams Lake, you can leave it at the Open Book behind the front counter and I'll come in from time to time and sign copies. If you're not in Williams Lake, I'll happily sign it when our paths cross.
June 14, 2017: A Quiet Roar is climbing up the BC Bestsellers List. It's currently at #8. Thanks to everyone who has bought it!
August 10, 2017: It's good to be back at home after a long trip across Canada. Even though we're in a haze of forest fire smoke here and I have to imagine the view as I start work on my second book. This novel will address the residential school system that so many First Nations children were subjected to.
August 21, 2017: I will be in Victoria September 9, 2017, from 2:00-4:00pm in the Community Room of the Greater Victoria Public Library (735 Broughton St, Victoria, BC) for a reading of A Quiet Roar.
September 3, 2017: Kim Maki of Kelowna is the winner of a free, signed copy of A Quiet Roar. The draw was held on September 1st.
September 19, 2017: back home from Victoria, working away on my next book which is tentatively titled The Reluctant Racist and trying not to be distracted by the gorgeous autumn view outside my windows.
September 26, 2017: I received a lovely fan letter today from a reader of A Quiet Roar.
October 3, 2017: my membership application to The Writers' Union of Canada was accepted today. How cool is that?
October 11, 2017: I will be selling books, doing a reading, and book signings at the Tourism Discovery Centre's Made in the Cariboo Craft Fair on November 18th from 10 - 3pm. Come and visit the Fair and do your Christmas Shopping in Williams Lake.
October 14, 2017:
Book Review from Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine: A Stubborn Courage
Growing up on a pioneer ranch taught Heidi Redl to be self-reliant and determined. Although she knew these qualities played well into her ranching career, she never could have imagined they would be useful when she was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Her compelling new memoir follows her life in the years after her diagnosis in 2004, sharing openly both the new daily challenges and the overall psychological effects that occur.
A contributor to national magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Maclean's and even this one, Redl has proven her writing chops over her life, and in this moving memoir, she continues to honestly depict her battle with MS. Through her daily physical struggles, she learns to trust and rely on others again in order to maintain a hold on her life. After reading Redl's stories of her incredible friendships, you'll be inspired to appreciate the supports and friends that make you stronger in your own life.
October 15, 2017: Fan mail from Nova Scotia arrived today. A Quiet Roar is a national fan-favourite!
November 13, 2017:
Head down and writing A LOT these days. Working on my newest novel, tentatively titled The Reluctant Racist. And yes, that IS wine in the picture. OK it's 2 bottles but one was for Lexie.
November 18, 2017: Great Made in the Cariboo market today at the Tourist Centre and I sold ALL my remaining stock of A Quiet Roar.
December 14, 2017: Thank you to everyone who has read A Quiet Roar and put it on the BC Bestseller List. I am taking a short break from writing over Christmas and hope to have my next book finished by summer 2018.
January 15, 2018: I got more fan mail in the mail today from a reader of A Quiet Roar. I LOVE being an author and am so grateful this memoir is connecting with people.
March 21, 2018: Thank you to the Williams Lake Book Club and Sheila Wyse for a wonderful afternoon, discussing A Quiet Roar.
April 25, 2018: I reached a happy, personal milestone today. The first three chapters of my new novel, tentatively titled The Reluctant Racist, are ready to send out to prospective literary agents. Here’s hoping someone literary will like it enough to pick it up!
May 21, 2018: The Reluctant Racist is nearing completion. This is the summary I came up with for when people ask me what my new novel is about: The Reluctant Racist is the story of Jackie, a white woman who is trying to come to grips with the fact that she is a racist when it comes to any non-white person, although she does not want to be one. Jackie went to an integrated school with Indigenous Children from a Catholic Residential School in the late 1900’s. As a white minority student in that school, Jackie still harbours resentments and prejudices that she is forced to face now, when she hears the story of Residential School runaways in Canada and she learns of deaths of those children in her own community. While Jackie is trying to come to terms with what has made her a racist both in her family and in her community, she finds herself simultaneously dealing with a recurring problem in her marriage. This is a white woman’s story, told from a white woman’s point of view and it covers the difficult issues Indigenous Canadians face in our predominantly white society. Through the course of the novel, Jackie comes to understand what makes a racist and how her community’s attitude toward other people has shaped her character.