Monday, February 12, 2018

Joelle Hubner-McLean ~ an interview and her novel ~ Corvus and Me

Joelle Hubner-McLean

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TITLE: Corvus and Me: The Indigenous Spirit
AUTHOR: Joëlle Hübner-McLean
ISBN: 978-1974026548
IMPRINT: Howling Wolf
 CATEGORIES: Middle Grade/Fantasy/Adventure/Young Adult

KEYWORDS: Loyalty, Friendship, Trust, Determination, Bravery, Inspiration, Beauty

The route to true distinction is Janine’s primary concern to combat the terror she has to solve within her soul.

The forest is in danger and Janine the main character with her dearest friends, Corvus and Right Whisper are out there once again attempting to save parts of the dying woods which she loves so much from the evil phantom Faeran.  With effort and danger from deadly creatures Janine faces, her life threatened increases in both her world and the world she is struggling to conserve with her companions.  Along with her journey, she will encounter an important individual she did not anticipate, but will she be able to cope with disastrous consequences or will her integrity become her true light.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: My favorite color is purple. It characterizes my personality as trustworthy, caring, thoughtfulness, and loving. I am however somewhat bashful and shy, but once I warm up with the situation, it is not of a challenge for me. I do analyze things before I make a decision and the color purple challenges you to examine whether it fits the profile or not.

Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: I am a morning person because I love to see the sunrise. It represents a new beginning in life and it gives me a chance to reenergize. A new day gives me chance to make a difference in our world and to the people I care.

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: I love flowers in the garden, in particular Asian gardens. They are so precise, color coordinated, groomed, neat and tidy, and symmetrical. Once you enter an Asian garden filled with different aromas and color, your troubles begin to disappear because of the serenity it controls.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: In my case, my body talks to me. If my emotions are at a high, then it is time for me to write. My vocabulary increases and so do ideas. It may be a flow for an hour or two, and then it disappears. If I read aloud what I wrote the next day, I visualize the design of what I was trying to say. If it works, I keep it or if not, I delete it and try again using a different thought process so it would fit.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: The forest is my favorite geographical location for my Y/A stories because I love nature. I grew up near a forest and spacious land and enjoyed my freedom as a child.
Discoveries can be heightened when you walk into the forest , where you can yell, view nature and experience your own survival skills.

Q: Generally speaking, is your work based on real life experience? If it's not would you want it to be? 
A: Some of my work is based on real life experiences as an immigrant. I believe that my experiences can relate to what children face today and that they were not the only ones that had challenges. Some students have trouble expressing themselves whereby, others take advantage by bullying them. The victims must believe in themselves that they are important and they are a significant part of this world.

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I am working on another novel, but it is too soon to promote it for 2018. You can be assured that it will relate to native studies, love of animals and how the main characters react to certain challenges.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: My new book just out is Corvus & Me: The Indigenous Spirit where the synopsis is written on the back of the book. Here is an excerpt ~

“Mama! Mama! Where are you?” The, skinny, five year old girl walked in circles, crying.

The strange men were burning down her village. People screaming, sobbing and dying. The voyageurs that had picked up the furs watched from a distance as the stricken smallpox Ojibwa people perished in front of their eyes on the peninsula. Her family, who had always loved her, was not responding. Fear set in as she tried to find them, but the flames were too high and her skin began to sear from the heat. Wandering aimlessly, crying, wiping her stinging tears from her face, she tried calling once more.

“Please, Mama, answer me! Where are you?” she screamed with all her might. She sat by the burning corpse. “Where are you?” she whimpered. Her strength gone, gasping and wheezing, she lay down beside the dead body and knew her life would soon be over. Her favorite sky blue wool dress, embroidered with white beads and small shells, was ruined. It like, the white ribbon wrapped around her braided, black, silky hair, and her new moccasins were covered in ash.

Afraid, hopeless and shattered, the young native girl struggled to breathe and see. It was not until that moment she felt something tugging her from the rubble, away from the flames. As she tried to open her sore eyes, she thought she saw a grey wolf, or the spirit of a wolf, but passed out without knowing for sure.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A:  Yes, I do. Here are the links.



Joëlle Hübner-McLean was born in Nancy, France and landed as an immigrant with her parents at Pier 21 Nova Scotia, Canada in the 50’s.  Married to a wonderful man, with 2 sons and two grandsons, she holds her life with her family dear to her heart.  She graduated from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario in Cultural/Native Studies with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) in 2002; Bachelor of Education from York University, Toronto, Ontario in 2003 and Additional qualifications as a Special Education, Specialist in 2007. 

Hübner-McLean enjoys music, gardening, animals and birds, walking in the woods and boating.  Her passion is writing plays, non-fiction and fiction stories and historical issues.  Presently, lives in the outskirts of Perth, Ontario and retired from teaching from the York Region District School Board teaching Secondary level students grade 9-12 Learning Strategies, History, Geography and Applied English.

 March 14/13 she was on Rogers TVO/Daytime in Ottawa to promote this book and its up-coming series as well. As a published author for a local newspaper, Coaststar in St. Augustine, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland and Ottawa; published author for the website, or on her website: She was also recognized by the Women’s Status of Canada in 2002 due to the above journal. Recognized member of Worldwide Who's Who Branding. Part of the Writer's Festival of Ottawa, August 23, 2014. Now member of the Retired Women of Teaching of Ontario (RWTO) 2015.

Joëlle now retired was a Secondary teacher in Special Education and English so that she could give her students a chance to express themselves and create their own identity.  For she knew how to tune in what children face day to day of their lives and tries to maintain the importance of that fact in her stories where kids can relate.  Even though Hübner-McLean’s book is geared for young adults, its reminiscent prose and settings would appeal to the older audience as well.

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