About

Audrey Aug 31 2014

I am a writer and gardener living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I began writing fiction in 2000 and have published the four novels of the Herbert West Series, with another novel completed and more intended. A selection of my short stories is featured on this blog.

I hold forth at irregular intervals on writing and gardening, with occasional photographs of my garden. While I don’t consider myself a book reviewer, I do post reviews of books I have found to be especially delightful. In 2015 I wrote a series of reviews of books in the Emerging Local Authors Collection at my local public library.

I welcome comments on any of my posts, even those from previous years.

You may find me on Goodreads and LinkedIn, or contact me directly by email: Audrey.d@telus.net

39 comments

  1. I have to say I am completely charmed by your take on the Re-animator story. It’s so true to the original in so many ways while also being unique in a manner.

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    1. Hi Frances

      A belated thanks for your comment. I’m new to blogging so it has taken me a while to get around to replying to comments. Since I began writing my version of Herbert West’s story, there have been moments when I thought it was a peculiar thing to do. For a lot of people, Herbert is just a weirdo mad scientist, so I’m happy that there are a few who can relate to a more subtle interpretation.

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  2. Hi Audrey,

    I’ve only just seen your wonderful review of my mystery, A Hemorrhaging of Souls, on Smashwords. My apologies for not touching base earlier to thank you for your kind words and reviewing effort. I’m very grateful.

    I’m delighted to learn you’re a fellow Islander and gardener. Very cool.

    Good luck with your writing and dirt digging. I’m holding my breath on a bunch of blue poppies, waiting to see if they survive the winter. Will post pics on my blog. Cheers!

    Nicola

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    1. Hi Nicola. I found out about Smashwords and WordPress from the great talk you gave last March to the Victoria Writers’ Society.
      Blue poppies — most seductive for the gardener. I have a bunch in pots that I’ve grown from seed. Great topic for a blog posting, I think. I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures.

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  3. Hello, Audrey. I am Charles Milburn. Yes, the real one. That’s my real name. I live in St. Louis and my sister’s name is Audrey. I write short stories and plays. I’m an actor and have been in movies, on TV and many times on local stages. You owe me money for using my name. Just kidding. I do wonder where you got the inspiration to use my name, though.

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    1. Hi Charles,
      What a pleasant surprise! I knew there was at least one real person named Herbert West, a onetime candidate for governor of Kansas, but it’s interesting to hear from a real Charles Milburn. And I myself have a fictional namesake — a character in Danielle Steel’s novel Wanderlust. How did I come up with the name Charles Milburn? Well, Charles seemed like a good, solid name for a guy from an old-money Boston family in decline. And I co-opted Milburn from Peter Straub’s novel Ghost Story, which is set in a fictitious town of that name. Since my novel is based on H.P. Lovecraft’s story “Herbert West, Reanimator,” it seemed right to give the narrator (who is nameless in the HPL story) a name from a horror novel, even though my novel isn’t horror, not exactly. Thanks for your comment; it made my day!

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  4. Hi, Audrey,

    So lovely to meet you. I am also a writer (heading a branch of the NJ state-wide association, Women Who Write, and an editor of that organization’s annual literary magazine.)

    In September I begin studies as a Master Gardner. I might flunk out, though, if I can’t remember all the Latin names I’ll be expected to learn.

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    1. Hi Ronnie,
      Nice to connect with a fellow writer and gardener. I’ve thought about taking a Master Gardener course, but haven’t made the time as yet. Another thing to do when I retire! At least I have a pretty good memory for Latin plant names (so far).

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  5. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! -OM

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  6. Hi Audrey!

    We met at the writer’s workshop in the downtown Vic library a few weeks ago. It was a real pleasure, and I look forward to reading your work πŸ™‚

    – Sever
    severbronny.com

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  7. Hi Audrey,
    I was wondering if you would be interested in reading a free copy of my romance ‘Reunion of the Heart’ in exchange for a fair and honest review?

    Your blog was recommended to me by Chris (The Story Reading Ape).

    Best wishes,
    Elaine.

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  8. I came across your blog in the author resources section of Chris The Story Reading Ape’s blog under the reviewers section. Please can you let me know whether you would please consider reviewing one of my books and, if so how I should send this to you (it is an ebook). Many thanks and kind regards. Kevin

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  9. You’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award. it’s a Pay it Forward kind of thing. All you have to do is nominate ten blogs with fewer than 200 followers, compose ten questions to ask them, and link back to my blog.
    Here are my questions for you, dear:
    1. If you could live as a fictional character, who would you be?

    2. What is your first memory of a book?

    3. You’re the Reading Rugrat at your local library, what would be your first choice of book to read to the children?

    4. You’ve just started a Book Club, what top three books are on your must-read list?

    5. If you could live in another world of your choosing, what world from what book would transport you?

    6. Out of all the books you’ve read, which one do you feel changed your perspective on life?

    7. If you could rewrite a book to make it better, which one would that be?

    8. You’re having dinner with your favourite writer, what is the first question you’d ask?

    9. After you’re finished gushing over your favourite writer, what is the second question you’d ask?

    10. What book haunts you?
    Blessings!
    Cheri Vause

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  10. You are a breath of fresh air. Please… keep doing what you are doing. Looking forward to sharing stories. (Shower thoughts… lol. Funny how those… slip away!) πŸ™‚

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  11. Dear Audrey,
    Would you have any objection Dodo Books posting your splendid and helpful review for Short Stories : Crimes, Cults and Curious Cats by Jonathan Day on Amazon?
    Many thanks in anticipation,
    Jane (Parker)
    Dodo Books

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  12. Hi Audrey, I am putting together a blog tour, because a new Port Naain Intelligencer story is coming out soon, and I wondered if you’d like to be one of the hosts. (The story does mention Tallis Steelyard but alas only in passing)

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