Literary Arts

Edeana Malcolm

Victoria, BC, Canada

Writing gives meaning and purpose to my life. It’s a calling—I am called to write. If I don’t write, I am wasting my God-given gift. How can I leave this earth without doing what I was sent here to do?

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About Edeana Malcolm

“When I read a book, I want to be taken away to another world, but I want to learn something too.” – Edeana Malcolm

When I was a child, I was a prolific reader. I read every novel I could get my hands on. It was an epiphany to discover that writing is what my life’s work would be. After moving back to my hometown of Victoria fourteen years ago, I decided to start writing seriously, working towards my dream of creating a novel that until this point I had been too busy to accomplish. By far my favourite activity is writing well-researched historical fiction, and after playing with points of view from different cultures I found inspiration within the tales of my own ancestors.

Thus began my first series of novels, The Compleat Gardener, set in the eighteenth century. The four novels tell the story of my ancestors John and Susan Dean and their odyssey from England, to Scotland, to Ireland, and finally, to Nova Scotia. Originally, I intended it to be a trilogy, however at the request of a publisher, who was interested but only published books set in Canada, I immediately stopped what I was doing and wrote A Garden in the Wilderness about the Deans’ first year in Nova Scotia. I self-published the first three novels following its release, after which I wrote The Loyalist about a different ancestor, Michael Eisan, who came to Nova Scotia by way of Germany, London, and South Carolina. Then, to let off steam during a stressful period in my life, I wrote The Book of Elisheva, told from the point of view of John the Baptist’s mother. More recently, I have begun to write the stories of women who have settled on the West Coast. My latest book House of Crows is the fictional account of three generations of women whose stories are braided together telling of the many hardships they endured and their dreams for a better future.

I have been blessed with ancestors who have fascinating stories that need to be told, and, since this is fiction, I get to add my own spin and pump it up just that little bit more. In addition to my written work, I am the President of Victoria Writers’ Society, and I encourage all interested writers, or those interested in writing, to join us at www.victoriawriters.ca .