Bio (short version!)
Mandy currently lives in Alberta, Canada but is originally from England. Her background is diverse and gives her rich experience to utilize in her writing. Mandy has been a nursing professional, a business owner, and a sort after administration expert. She has traveled throughout Europe, parts of America and Canada and was born in Africa.
Mandy is passionate about writing to the point of obsession and she succeeded in becoming a published author in record time. Mandy’s venture into freelance writing has been successful and she and regularly contributes to Strathcona Connect, an e-zine and the Never Been Better page in the Sherwood Park newspaper as well as . As well as holding the position of Secretary for her local writing group, Writers Foundation of Strathcona County.
Writing in various genres, Mandy has been published in anthologies, on numerous web sites as well as regularly blogging about her writing journey. https://mandyevebarnett.com/ September 2011 saw the launch of her first children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare, http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/rumbles-first-scare
In August 2012 her adult fantasy e-book, The Rython Kingdom was released on Smashwords, Amazon.ca & Amazon.co.uk. It is now available through Create Space as a print version. http://www.amazon.ca/The-Rython-Kingdom-Mandy-Eve-Barnett-ebook/dp/B00AUBP2SO
Mandy recently collaborated in creating a ‘how to’ write your memoir workbook, Your Lifetime of Stories.
Mandy’s second children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue is here: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/products/ockleberries-rescue
Her YA mystery adventure Clickety Click is here: http://www.dreamwritepublishing.ca/retail/books/clickety-click
Mandy’s Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/author/mandyevebarnett
Not all books on there yet so visit Dream Write Publishing.
Mandy is revisiting and editing a speculative fiction novel, Life in Slake Patch in the first half of 2016 and a romance/reincarnation novel, The Twesome Loop in the second half of the year. A thriller, mystery – working title The Giving Thief, is with a beta reader and revisions are pending for her western romance, Willow Tree Tears.
Bio (long version!) Art in all its forms has always been a real passion for Mandy. In her youth, and at the tender age of 12 years, her art teacher, Miss Randall submitted some of Mandy’s artwork to the Royal College of Art in London, UK. They accepted her for the next intake – unfortunately it was not to be at that time, due to Mandy still having another four years of school to complete and later due to parental guidance. Her path took Mandy in another direction. When she left school she went into training as a State Registered Nurse, however afterwards she made the decision to try something else. After a couple of administration jobs she took a deep breath and started up a company with a business partner. This venture proved very successful for nearly twenty-nine years although along with family life and commitments her creative outlet was sadly lacking during that time. Economics played a large part in Mandy’s family’s decision to immigrate. So the family moved to Canada from England in 2007. It was a great leap of faith for them to find a new life and a better future for their children. Along with this new life, Mandy promised herself she would find an outlet for her creativity, which had taken a back seat for decades, apart from the occasional dip! So when the family had settled into their new Canadian home, schools and work, she began looking for a creative outlet. By chance she found the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and attended her first meeting – which turned out to be a revelation in finding such a friendly bunch of people all passionate about writing and immensely supportive. Thus Mandy’s writing career began and she hasn’t looked back since. She is quoted as saying, ‘My creative void is now overflowing’. Mandy’s writing journey has taken her, in a very short time, on a journey she never thought possible.
Initially Mandy’s ‘publishing’ was restricted to small articles, such as on espressostories.com and the Albertan web site (www.albertabrand.com) but quickly extended to inclusion in an anthology, Writing Prompt Journey in 2010, on numerous web sites and in the local newspaper as well as regularly blogging about her writing journey at http://mandyevebarnett.com. She has successfully completed four National Novel Writing Month challenges in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 with the subsequent volume of work resulting in four novels. Her children’s print book, Rumble’s First Scare was published in September 2011 and an e-book, The Rython Kingdom, an adult fantasy set in medieval England was release in August 2012 onto Smashwords and Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk. It is now available as a POD through Create Space.
Mandy is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Strathcona Connect, an e-zine and the Never Been Better page in the Sherwood Park newspaper. Mandy has attended the WFSC annual conference every year since 2009 and the PWAC conference/workshop in September 2012. In February 2012 and May 2013 Mandy attended writers retreats at Strawberry Creek Retreat. Currently, the illustrations are being completed for Mandy’s magical/fantasy children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue for release late spring 2014. A collaboration for a ‘how to write your memoir’ workbook, Your Lifetime of Stories saw the book published late in 2013. Currently Mandy is editing a cowgirl romance novel for release late 2014 / early 2015.
As to where Mandy’s creativity comes from, it would have to be said it is drawn from the essence of the several continents where she has lived. Each has left a trace upon her soul. The heat and drum beats of Africa, the lushness and history of England and the changing seasons and vastness of Canada. Each has given Mandy a gift – a treasure trove of sights, sounds, smells and experiences from which to weave her stories.
Other publishing credits:
Alberta Brand – Newcomer stories – “An Alberta Newbie” dated 14th June 2010 http://www.albertacanada.com/immigration/choosing/people-stories.aspx
Writers Foundation of Strathcona County – http://wfscsherwoodpark.com/ – regular blogger and creator of the weekly writing prompt.
Submission at Scribe Slice – http://www.scribeslice.com/write/index/1363/Grains/10/0
Article for Authors for Altruism – December 2013 – http://authorsforaltruism.com/2013/10/21/granting-wishes-a-blessing/
Appearances/Events Attended :
Words in the Park, Sherwood Park 4th December 2010.
Pride of Strathcona Awards 2011, Sherwood Park. Recipient as a member and Secretary of the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County under the Arts & Culture category.
Summer Writers Social – Cafe Reading at Second Cup, Sherwood Park. 23rd August 2011 where Mandy ready Rumble’s First Scare.
Alberta Arts Days, Sherwood Park. Held 30th September through to 2nd October 2011.
Books are Treats event at The Bookworm, Sherwood Park. Author reading. 29th October 2011.
Words in the Park, Sherwood Park. 19th November 2011. Rumble’s First Scare official launch.
View my online interview with Bill Roberts – Arts Talk Online – 7th December 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtIz3amV_HI Go to 8.23 on time bar.
Books as Beacons held at Second Cup, Sherwood Park. 7th March 2012.
Art in the Plaza – throughout summer of 2012.
Words on the Street, Saskatoon, September 2012
Fall Author Reading, Second Cup, Sherwood Park, October, 2012
Words in the Park, Sherwood Park, October 2012
Strathcona Connect Contributor event, January 2013
Writers Guild event, January 2013
Arts Expo, February 2013
International Women’s Day Author Reading, Second Cup , March 2013
State of the County Address, April 2013 (Honored guest as Vision Statement contributor)
Attended the Words in 3 Dimensions marketplace with Dream Write Publishing, May 2013
Culture Days – September 2013
Words in the Park – October 2013
Christmas Marketplace – Fort Sask – November 2013
Authors for Altruism – December 2013
Words in the Park 25th October 2014
Writing Retreat, Overlander Lodge, November 2014
Attended the Celebration of the Arts Gala – 27th February 2015
Attended Arts Day with Dream Write Publishing & Writers Foundation of Strathcona County at Festival Place, Sherwood Park 28th February 2015
Author Reading at The Bookworm, Sherwood Park. 26th March 2015
Ockleberries to the Rescue
Writing Retreat, Strawberry Creek Lodge, 15th – 18th May, 2015
Savor Strathcona – 5 July 2015
Author reading at Second Cup, Sherwood Park.
Arts Expo – 2nd & 3rd February 2013
Words in 3 Dimensions marketplace with Dream Write Publishing, May 2013
Words in the Park – 19th October, 2013. All three books displayed. Rumble’s First Scare with Rumble, The Rython Kingdom with globe and bookmarks and Ockleberries to the Rescue with animal coloring changing figurines. My two Rumble coloring competition winners unfortunately did not stay around to have their photos taken.
Leduc Artisan Book Signing – 7th June 2014
Attending Word on the Street, Lethbridge 21st Sept 2014
Rumble came too, of course, to hand out coloring contest sheets and to get lots of hugs from children and adults alike.
Rumble made the news – 1.32 on the timeline http://globalnews.ca/video/1577115/word-on-the-street-festival
Words in the Park 25th October 2014
Words in the Park 26 September 2015
Author reading – Audrey’s Books, Edmonton – 29th April 2016
Reading at Summer Author reading 23rd July 2016 – Social Grounds Coffeehouse, Sherwood Park.
Words in the Park and Clickety Click launch – 1st October 2016
Reading from Ockleberries to the Rescue
Authors for Altruism – Audrey’s books, Edmonton 5th November 2016
I read from The Rython Kingdom, sold 3 books and raised money for a great cause – Santa’s Anonymous for CHED radio.
TV interview: Arts Talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNl7Db_jGaQ&feature=youtu.be GO TO 11.04 on timeline.
Guest Blogs & Interviews
http://brha99.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/a-parent-passing/ 5th September 2011 – “A Parent Passing”
http://www.magdaolchawska.com/entry/236 16th January 2012 – Interview
http://authoradduling.blogspot.ca/2012/05/author-spotlight-author-mandy-eve.html 29th May 2012 – Author’s Spotlight
http://thirstythursdayblog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/that-certain-spark-guest-post-by-mandy.html 5th June 2012 -That Certain Spark – A guest post.
http://www.kevinrau.com/i/MandyEveBarnett.asp 6th August 2012 – guest interview with Kevin Rau
http://wp.me/p2pf5s-1Fj 7th September 2012 – guest review on bunnysreview.com
http://elizabethbarone.net/2012/10/07/writers-work-spaces-mandy-eve-barnett/#comment-11330 7th October 2012 – writing space feature – Elizabeth Barone’s blog
http://elizabethbarone.net/https://mandyevebarnett.com/2013/02/03/love-to-spook-blog-hop/ Rumble Blog Hopping…3rd February 2013
http://www.gmitchellbakerauthor.com/3/post/2013/05/mandy-eve-barnett-from-strathcona.html 2nd May 2013 G. Mitchell Baker – Interview
http://mypennameonly.webs.com/apps/blog/show/26171455-talking-with-mandy-eve-barnett 5th May 2013 Robin Leigh Morgan – Talking with
http://nowastedink.com/2013/05/17/writing-space-mandy-eve-barnett/ 17 May 2013 No Wasted Ink – Writing Space
http://kellysamarah.com/2013/08/23/author-spotlight-mandy-eve-barnett/ 23rd August 2013 interview with Kelly Samarah
Guest blogs every Wednesday in November 2013 on To Breath Is To Write – http://jlroeder.wordpress.com/
http://readingrecommendations.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/mandy-eve-barnett/ 7th January 2014 interview with Susan Toy
Featured on Be A Best Seller.com June 30, 2014 – ezine at http://www.beabestseller.com/
Blog interview 2 July 2014 Lisa de Nikolits on Goodreads
Blog interview- Character – 14th Jan 2015 http://idea-creations.blogspot.ca/2015/01/character-interview-evan-from-life-in.html
http://selfiesofsuccessforauthors.blogspot.ca/Guest Post – Mothers Day Special – 7th May 2015 – Ockleberries to the Rescue http://www.writingbelle.com/2015/05/mothers-day-special-mandy-eve-barnett.html
Guest Post – Character Creation – Andi O’Connor – 12th May 2015 https://www.andioconnor.net/blog/character-creation-mandy-eve-barnett
Guest Post – Promoting My Books Effectively – Alison Neuman – 25th June 2015 http://www.alisonneuman.ca/blog/2014/10/promoting-my-books-effectively/
Blog – Author Interview – 14th October 2015 http://idea-creations.blogspot.ca/2015/10/author-interview-mandy-barnett.html
Blog Interview – 8th December 2015 – Claire Luana http://claireluana.com/?p=733
Blog – Excerpt of novella – 31st December 2015 – http://ericjamesolson.com/2016/01/01/writing-as-art-2-0-the-rython-kingdom/
Blog Interview – 16th February 2016 – http://justbitsandpieces.com/2016/02/16/getting-to-know-mandy-eve-barnett/
Blog Interview – 25th July 2016 – https://evablaskovic.com/2016/07/26/interview-with-mandy-eve-barnett-author/
Blog Interview – 22nd August 2016 – https://josephdrumheller.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/five-steps-to-create-a-childrens-book/
Blog Awards : Sunshine Award – 3rd March 2012, Versatile Blogger -4th April 2012, Inspiring Blogger – 11th August 2012, Liebster – 7th September 2012, Versatile Blogger – 29th September 2012, Blog of the Year -21 December 2012, The Booker Award, 26th January 2013, Liebster – 31st January 2013. Liebster – 23rd Feb 2013, The Versatile Blogger – 2nd March 2013, Very Inspiring Blogger – 22nd March 2013, Very Inspiring Blogger – 9th April 2013. WordPress Family Award – 4th May 2013, Epically Awesome Award – 4th May 2013, ABC Awesome Blog Content – 20th May 2013, Interesting Blog – 6th July 2013, Team Membership Readership Award- July 7th 2013, Most Influential Blogger – 15th July 2013, The Super Sweet Award – 7th August 2013. The Versatile Blogger – 19th October 2013.