Blending Novel Writing with Real Life

Moving day is three weeks away and preparations continue steadily. We’ve met with a plumber and an electrician to fix a few things, and even made time for furniture shopping. Shopping’s not my favorite activity but, as exhausting as it was, we accomplished a lot in the 3-1/2 hour, two-store adventure in decision making.

These past few weeks have been a balancing act between moving tasks, family needs, and writing-related tasks. We’re celebrating Easter at my daughter’s house this weekend, and I’ll help with the cooking and child-minding, which will be great fun.

We’re also spending time with my sister who was diagnosed with grade one breast cancer last month and will have her procedure on April 13th. From the hospital, we’ll be driving her to my daughter’s, so she can recover there. Having been through this before, albeit 29 years ago and under a more dire circumstance, she’s feeling positive. There’s nothing like a cancer diagnosis to put things into perspective, is there? To hold family close and keep doing the things you love.

For the sake of normalcy and to maintain a sense of calm, I’m still writing and promoting. Casey Holland mystery series, #4 The Deep End, is on sale for $.99 through BookFunnel’s Mayhem & Motives promotion. For mystery fans, this is a great opportunity to browse through over 160 mystery titles, which you can find HERE, or find on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, or Barnes & Noble.

The Deep End is drawn from my volunteer experience inside a youth detention center years ago. I met all kinds of residents, some serving a sentence, others awaiting trial. The youngest was twelve years old, the oldest seventeen, and included a boy who’d stabbed his mother over 40 times. I also met two members of a family of criminals. The older brother was in adult prison, while the two younger siblings were at the center where I worked. The girl, a fourteen-year-old, was in detention for attempting to push an elderly woman off a cliff.

I’ve come to realize that all the years of book plotting and strategizing have helped me organize this move better than anticipated. Planning well ahead and list-making are second nature to me. Have you found your creative life assisting you with real-life challenges?


Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

12 thoughts on “Blending Novel Writing with Real Life”

  1. Sorry to hear about your sister’s diagnosis of breast cancer, Debra! You’ll be a great support for her.

    Your move seems to be in good progress. Hope you found the furniture you wanted. We only replaced the bedroom furniture. Did you sell your house already? It’s good you continue to promote your book. Happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Miriam. Yes, we were thrilled to get the furniture we bought, and everything was on sale, which helps. Our house will be listed on April 17th. The realtor’s photographer is coming to photograph our house, inside and out, on Apr. 14th, the day after my sister’s surgery. It’s turning out to be quite a month!

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      1. Your fun just started, Debra. Our preparation for house selling is still fresh in my memory. Best wishes to you!

        We don’t choose the time to be I’ll. The illness chooses us. Hope your sister will be cured quickly.

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  2. Wishing you a very Happy Easter with the little ones. Sending positive thoughts out for your sister. I’m sure she appreciates the love and care of her family. xo

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  3. Oh Deb, I’m sorry your plate runneth over. I hope your sister will be just fine. And yes, being organized really helps in both our writing and real lives. Hugs 🙂

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