Alanna Rusnak

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December 30

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Alanna lives on a small patch of untamable land in southwestern Ontario, with her three children, husband, and their vintage van. Alanna has been saturated in classic Canadian fiction since she was a young child and has been passionate about words for nearly as long, stubbornly holding to the dream of someday spinning her own tales. Now, when evening falls, she tucks herself into her self-made study and writes stories about people: some real, some who just take up space in her head.

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Alanna Rusnak Hi Michael. I would like you to think I am very intentional with my writing - but the truth is, the themes that came out in this book were not on purp…moreHi Michael. I would like you to think I am very intentional with my writing - but the truth is, the themes that came out in this book were not on purpose at all. When I started writing Wildwood, I actually believed I was sitting down to write a thriller. How wrong I was! (And I am so glad I didn't end up with the campy horror creep-in-the-woods-collecting-girls-in-a-shed/church version - can you imagine?!) It sounds a little cliché to say I let the book write itself, but by not overthinking as I let the story unfold, themes started to pop up. Of course it is informed by my own core values and to say I left nothing of myself on the would not be true - but there is a very magical thing that happens when you trust the narrative to take you where it should go.(less)
Alanna Rusnak Hey Jodi - thanks for reaching out and I'm thrilled that you're looking forward to Black Bird! It is still in the works but I have a deadline in place…moreHey Jodi - thanks for reaching out and I'm thrilled that you're looking forward to Black Bird! It is still in the works but I have a deadline in place so I'm working hard at making it. To say this book has been a journey is to put it lightly. It's so good to know people are eager for it! You can keep up with the progress here: https://blackbird.alannarusnak.com/(less)
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After 150 Days, I'm Still Here

Here I am. Six months into this self-employment journey. Twenty-six weeks since I could rely on a steady pay cheque. 150 days since I've had someone telling me what to do.

It's been hard. It's been exhausting. It's been worth it.

My desk is NEVER actually this clean. 😏
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The Things We Leave Behind by Ace Baker
"(Yes, I wrote one of the 8 stories in this anthology, so this review is for the other 7!) The stories in this anthology were a delight to read. Each one is a sharp, authentic, fully-rendered vignette, with protagonists I wish I could stay with for mu" Read more of this review »
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"This is such a beautiful collection of short stories, where anyone can find something to relate with.

My favourite quote is from Cheryl Skory Suma:
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Sadly, one can only delay life’s tu" Read more of this review »
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“He is a blind man and I am his book of braille. His breath against my collarbone raises goosebumps on my arm as I let him read my story.”
Alanna Rusnak, Kissing Johnny

“Joy. In every breath. In every moment. In every turn of the blossom to face the sun. In every stream of juice that trails my chin from fruit so sweet. In Him. In the coolness of the evening when He walks beside us and His laughter lifts across the river as He delights in our wonder over this place He has given us. In silence. In starlight. In shouting an anthem of gladness that shakes the earth and hails birds into flight.”
Alanna Rusnak, Eve Undone

“We're all just wandering around with our fingers crossed, hoping we'll meet someone who will make our lostness a little less lonely.”
Alanna Rusnak, The Church in the Wildwood

“People swindle themselves out of Salvation with great regularity.”
Anne Rice, Angel Time

“We're all just wandering around with our fingers crossed, hoping we'll meet someone who will make our lostness a little less lonely.”
Alanna Rusnak, The Church in the Wildwood

“So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“Ah, what broken creatures we are, and how we endure.”
Anne Rice, Of Love and Evil

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