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Andrea McKenzie Raine

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Andrea McKenzie Raine was born in Smithers, BC and grew up in Victoria, BC where she still resides. She was enrolled in the Creative Writing program and earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Victoria in 2000, and completed a post-degree Public Relations certificate program. She has attended the successful Planet Earth Poetry reading series (formerly known as Mocambopo) in Victoria, BC since 1997, and participated in the Glenairley writing retreats led by Canadian poet and novelist Patrick Lane in Sooke, BC. In 2005, she published her first book of poetry, titled A Mother’s String, through Ekstasis Editions. Her poetry has also appeared in Mocambo Nights, Canadian Literature journal, Quills, Borderlines anthology (Ascent A ...more

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Andrea McKenzie Raine I get to listen to fictional people who are demanding my attention inside my head, and no one thinks I'm crazy. It is also a wonderful creative outlet…moreI get to listen to fictional people who are demanding my attention inside my head, and no one thinks I'm crazy. It is also a wonderful creative outlet for me to share universal themes, communicate emotions, make sense of the world, wield new worlds and purge myself of whatever bogs me down. (less)
Andrea McKenzie Raine I think I was born a poet! I started writing what I now call 'ding-dong' poetry (i.e. roses are red, violets are blue) when I was 7 years old. Then I…moreI think I was born a poet! I started writing what I now call 'ding-dong' poetry (i.e. roses are red, violets are blue) when I was 7 years old. Then I began playing more with language, free verse, other forms of poetry; later I took university courses and began reading at coffeehouses. I always loved writing short stories, as well. So, the poetry came first and I found my voice and was able to integrate poetry into my prose. Finally, I wrote a novel, and so now I write poetry and fiction, as well as creative non-fiction. I've also been keeping journals since I was a teenager, which helped me to ground myself, reflect and also explore stream-of-consciousness writing.(less)
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The Tenant (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A lonely, older woman living in a building suite is perturbed by normal sounds coming through her ceiling from the people living above her.
Turnstiles (Literature & Fiction)
30 chapters   —   updated Jan 08, 2016 10:44AM
Description: Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world; Willis Hancocks Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character's individual trials. There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one's own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme. Martin and Willis are both trying to fit into the world, but on their own terms. They are naïve, searching for an Eden-like state of being. Through a broader experience of personal fortune, misfortune, travel, and social interactions, they each learn to accept their path and take control of their own destinies.
Three Months in the Mountains with My Grandpa's Ghost (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A young woman who is entering her last year of university decides to forego her upcoming summer internship at a local newspaper, and instead retreat to her late grandpa's cabin in the Rockies. She embarks on an existential journey, as she tries to sort out who she is at this point in her life, what she wants to achieve, and the best career decisions she needs to make. In this journey, in her chosen solitude, she soon encounters and begins to embody or channel the residual wisdom, compassion, encouragement, honesty and life lessons of her grandpa with whom she had a strong bond. He helps her to navigate her way through a pivotal time, on her journey to becoming the person she is meant to be and the life she is meant to embrace.
A Crowded Heart (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: An excerpt of my prequel novel to Turnstiles titled A Crowded Heart. I have also included a link to my indiegogo campaign for support to self-publish A Crowded Heart.
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Janet Fitch
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“[Dean] “My dear fellow, who will let you?”

[Roark] “That’s not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”
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Andrea Lori wrote: "Just want to apologize for not giving you a RSVP on the invite to the publication of Crowded Heart. Some how I didn't see the invite. Please keep me on your list of fans/friends that you invite.

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Thank you so much, Lori! I hope you will check out my books. :) Cheers, Andrea


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Lori Faires Just want to apologize for not giving you a RSVP on the invite to the publication of Crowded Heart. Some how I didn't see the invite. Please keep me on your list of fans/friends that you invite.

Congratulations on your publication.

Lori


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Andrea Sean wrote: "Thanks for asking me to be a friend, glad to be friends, and I hope you join my group " A Good Thriller"

regards

Sean"


Hi Sean, happily done! :) I look forward to chatting with you. Cheers, Andrea


message 12: by Sean

Sean Peters Thanks for asking me to be a friend, glad to be friends, and I hope you join my group " A Good Thriller"

regards

Sean


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Andrea Thomas wrote: "Thanks for connecting fellow GR author! It's a pleasure to meet you. :)"

Cheers -- and you, as well! :)


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Thomas Thanks for connecting fellow GR author! It's a pleasure to meet you. :)


Andrea Chad B. wrote: "Andrea, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
Wishing you the very best!

Chad"


Thank you, Chad! I am really glad to make this connection with you, as well. :) Cheers, Andrea


Andrea Fred wrote: "Thanks for including me among your friends, Andrea!"

My pleasure, Fred! Take care and I look forward to sharing with you information about my book and other reading adventures. :)


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Fred Thanks for including me among your friends, Andrea!


Andrea Rusty wrote: "Hello Andrea,

Thanks for the friend request. It's nice to meet you.
Stay in touch,
Rusty"


Thank you, Rusty -- and you, as well! Take care and I look forward to sharing thoughts on books and writing with you. Cheers, Andrea


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Rusty Nugent Hello Andrea,

Thanks for the friend request. It's nice to meet you.
Stay in touch,
Rusty


Andrea Carole wrote: "Hi thanks for the friend request."

My pleasure! Thank you for accepting my friend request, as well! ;)


Andrea Louise wrote: "Thank you for the friend request. I am pleased that you enjoyed Joyce's books. I think The Dubliners is a beautiful little book!"

It's been a few years since I last read it, so I need to curl up with it again. In June 2009, I was fortunate enough to visit Dublin with my husband (pre-kids: my first son was born in August 2009) and spent an entire afternoon in the Writers' museum and James Joyce museum. Such a treat! I bought Ulysses at the James Joyce museum, but regretfully I have yet to read it...

Once I have the opportunity to take in The Dubliners again, I would love to compare notes with you. :)


Carole Gill Hi thanks for the friend request.


Louise Hart Thank you for the friend request. I am pleased that you enjoyed Joyce's books. I think The Dubliners is a beautiful little book!


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