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Wainwright writer publishes pre-teen novel

A Wild Ride is the title of Shellene Ramsahoye’s novel that’s geared to 10-13 year olds.

The Wainwright resident has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and for over two decades has been working with kids in Wainwright and area. As well she is an avid photographer, a skill that came into greater focus when her daughter took up modelling.

Ramsahoye says she wrote the novel in 2006, but with so many projects on the go the draft sat on the shelf, until the last couple years.

“When a little bit more spare time popped up, I thought you know what, I wrote this. Maybe I should try to get it out there. And of course a lot changes. What is that 14, 16 years. A lot more self-publishing and self directed publishing options have come up.”

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The novel finally came out in January 2021.

Published by FriesenPress, the review describes it as the adventure and survival story of a 13-year old boy who is sent to a summer wilderness camp. The coming of age story shows the central character delving deep to discover perseverance and the courage to summon fortitude to overcome adversity.

Ramsahoye says when publishing it’s nice to have guidance especially from the Canadian perspective.

“When FriesenPress does it for you, you are in their bookstore, on their website. But they also help promote you. I was also promoted through, and Barnes & Noble. That comes with the publishing packaging that you seek from doing it with a company like that.”

The novel is also available in Wainwright at Gracie’s Hair Design and the Upper Level Art Gallery in Vermilion.

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