Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How Reality Impacts Fiction

Brenda Corey Dunne has led a military lifestyle for quite a number of years, and this aspect of her life is reflected in her forthcoming novel, Dependent, which will be released July 29, 2014.  

Here is what Brenda has to say about this.

“Creatively, the military lifestyle has had a huge influence on my writing. Twenty-five years of either wearing a uniform or supporting one makes for a full bank account of emotions, opinions and experiences. Dependent grew directly from that account.  It’s so much easier to write from a situation that you know, and I know what it’s like to be a military spouse. Dependent gave me an outlet to voice my worst fears: what would happen if…? Not something any spouse wants to think about, but a very real possibility when you are a member of the military community.”

            And now to reveal the book cover for Dependent.

When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head. Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19. John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do—no one to dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of rank, and posttraumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power by higher-ranking officials. It presents a raw and realistic view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform

Brenda originally trained as a physiotherapist and worked several years as a Physiotherapy Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force before meeting the love of her life, RCAF Colonel Tom Dunne, and becoming a military dependent herself. She has ridden the RCAF posting train with her Air Force husband and family, living in such places as Nova Scotia (Canada), Watchfield (England), and Elizabeth City (North Carolina, US). She also volunteered on the Board of Directors at a Military Family Resource Center.

Brenda completed her first manuscript in 2008 as a bucket-list item and caught the reading bug. Since then, she has self-published a YA historical fiction and is working on multiple writing projects. Brenda currently resides on a small hobby farm in Eastern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three children.

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