creative writer & poet
REACH BEYOND THE PAIN.
REACH BEYOND THE DARKNESS.
HOPE IS A LIGHTHOUSE.
YOUNG ADULT/ CONTEMPORARY/ COMING-OF-AGE FICTION
Out of the blue, Rebecca Stafford’s Father arrives to parent her after years of absence, and then extracts her last bit of normalcy by moving them to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The shocking news plunges Rebecca into a despair that brings about an otherworldly encounter; she begins to have visions of her deceased Mom.
Uncertain whether what she sees is reality or the product of a troubled mind, Rebecca searches for an anchor to keep her from drifting in the new coastal town. She clings to Shawn, the eccentric, spritely boy-next-door promising adventures…with surprises of his own, involving an Irish legend and a hidden lighthouse. This brings on a whole new dimension to Rebecca’s visions, and sparks feverish romance between her and Shawn. A bond eventually threatened by forces beyond her control, sending her spiralling into dark, stormy places, leaving her to wonder how broken a mind can get.
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On subjects of the heart, life, & nature
The best poetry from Hiding Skeletons and the award winning Literary Bones
Blank Spaces Publishing
Just Words Vol 4
This anthology holds various writings from Canadian creatives including the short story Black Worm by Holly Ducarte, a poignant and satirical tale about family and the writing life.
Published 2020 by Alanna Rusnak Publishing
This is a story of first love, adventure, forgiveness, mental health, grief and letting go. Sixteen is hard. First loves are hard. And sometimes... just breathing is hard. The level of care Holly uses in tackling these strong issues is done intelligently and you can see traces of her poetic mind sprinkled throughout. This is not your typical YA novel and I suggest you put this on your radar.
Unless you are made of stone, this book should leave you feeling emotionally exhausted, a little heartbroken, and honoured to have been privy to the intricacies of the relationship dynamics weaved in and around this plot.
What is real and isn't real, is a subjective matter to each person, a subtly toyed with notion in this story. This is an excellent read, especially if you are interested in what makes people tick.
This was really hard to put down for me. I always looked forward to coming back to it, and Ducarte's voice is a big part of that. It's melodic and lovely, and even poetic in places.
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Holly is a writer with a gift for seeing the poetic and relatable aspects of life. Her inspiration can be found within nature, a memory, a song, a journey taken, the embrace of another, and the fragments of a dream. Her travels to Ireland and the song Lighthouse by The Hush Sound is what sparked the idea for her first debut novel The Light Over Broken Tide, which was published in the Spring of 2018 and has been well-loved from readers all over the world. Her other written works have been showcased in magazines, newspapers, various online sites, and highly applauded over Wattpad. To date, She's received two awards for her poetry. Holly took an extensive commercial novel writing course, and is a member of The Underground Writing Cohorts. A local club of authors who meet to do writing exercises, critiques, and have laughs over tea and dessert.
Holly is an old soul with plenty more stories to tell. Her second novel is in the editing phase, so be sure to subscribe here and also follow her on social media. Scroll down for links.
Aside from penning stories and poetry, Holly enjoys the comfort of a good book, collecting antiques, going for walks outside, spending time with family and friends, and growing in the Christian faith. Holly currently resides in a modest lake town with her husband, daughter, and two cats.
News & events
Holly had a short story published in Blank Spaces Magazine June 2020. Check under the Short Stories section to grab a copy of Just Words Vol 4 to read her work among other Canadian creatives!
Book Blog Review for The Light Over Broken Tide by THE PAPERBACK PIANO: March 2018
Book blog review for The Light Over Broken Tide by THE VOICE OF LISA BRANDT: May 2018
Newspaper Interview for The Cold Lake Sun for book release of The Light Over Broken Tide: Aug 2018