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#ChillWithABookAward #Winner Eileen Schuh @eileenschuh @ChillWithABook #CrimeThriller #CrimeFiction #Thriller

Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award, Eileen! You must be so happy that your work has been recognised in this way. Now, before we carry on, would you please introduce yourself to my readers, just in case they don’t know you already …

Hello. My name is Eileen Schuh. I’m a Canadian author. Born Eileen Fairbrother on a small prairie farm near Tofield, Alberta, Canada, I now live with my husband in the northern boreal forest.  In addition to writing, I enjoy speaking to youth and adults about the magic of literacy and the social and personal issues addressed in my novels. I’m thrilled to be able to focus on my fiction writing after a life of careers that varied from psychiatric nurse to journalist to editor to business woman.

So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?

A dream that came to me during a low and lonely time of my life began this journey. Once I started transcribing the dream, the Traz characters took over and dictated their stories to me.

What does the award mean to you?

That my debut novel won a Chill Award is thrilling!

What other titles have you published? Tell us a little about them …

The Traz is the first book in my on-going BackTracker Series, followed by Fatal Error Book 2, Firewalls Book 3, and Operation MaxTracker Book 4. Shadow Riders is a parallel crime novel to the series. I also write science fiction. My two sci-fi novellas are Dispassionate Lies and Schrӧdinger’s Cat.

Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …

My sci-fi trilogy, Project W.Olf, will be released next year by WolfSinger Publications.

When not writing, what can you be found doing?

I’m an outdoorsy person. I like cross-country skiing, hiking, curling, fishing, hunting, camping, gardening… I’m also family-orientated and enjoy my kids and grandkids. I crochet and sometimes find time to paint.

Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?

As a child, I fell in love with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairies books. From the time I could read, I knew I wanted to write. It took over half a century but when I met author Cheryl K. Tardiff online, with her encouragement I began believing I could become a published author. Thirdly,  true crime author, Ann Rule, sparked my interest in crime writing.

Why did you choose the genre you write in?

I always wanted to write exciting stories, but it seems crime fiction chose me. I think it appeals to my intellect to create and solve crimes and to explore the criminal mind.

Which other genre would you chose if you had to change?

I’m currently trying my hand at writing a literary novel. It’s quite difficult as my stories are generally fast-paced but now I have to slow down the action, dialogue, and plot and focus on the writing itself. The words I choose, the phrasing, the tempo must all become as important to the story as the characters. That’s challenging!

Quick fire questions …

Twitter or Facebook? Facebook

Tea or coffee? Definitely coffee

Marmite – yes or no? I’ve never had Marmite. I had to google it to find out what it is! I’m sure it must be available somewhere in Canada. You’ve made me curious, now.

Early riser or sleep in? Sleep in

Pj’s or ‘normal’ clothes when writing? Either/Or

Planner or pantster? Pantster

Book or kindle? Both.

Pineapple on pizza – yes or no? YES!!

And finally … What is your favourite book of all time?

Oh, wow. That’s like asking me which of my kids is my favourite. I love so many books, across genres and age levels. From my first books as a child, to the books I read my grandchildren, to the books I’ve written. From Gone with the Wind to Pauline Barclay’s Storm Clouds Gathering and Gilli Allan’s Torn. Poetry, nursery rhymes, The Little Engine That Could. Nancy Drew. Lightfoot the Deer, Call of the Wild, Little House on the Prairie, Ann of Green Gables. Ann Rule’s The Stranger Beside Me. Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. And sparking my interest in science fiction, L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and Jay William’s Danny Dunn books.

Nope. No matter how I try, I can’t choose a favourite.

Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award!

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Want to know more about the book? Here’s the blurb …

THE TRAZ (BackTracker Series Book 1) by [Schuh, Eileen]

Katrina is thirteen, grieving and alone. But she’s much more than that. She’s intelligent, wealthy and intrigued by the dangers of street life.
Shrug is a giant of a man with a voice of thunder and eyes of granite. He sports a tangle of tattoos, wears gang colours and straddles a Harley.
When he asks Katrina if she wants a ride, neither realizes her decision will haunt them both forever.
Life on The Traz biker compound is violent and horrifying and the price of belonging quickly becomes too steep. But for Katrina there is no way to escape until she meets Chad–an undercover cop with rich brown eyes, a gentle chuckle and a plan to get her safely out of the clutches of the gang. However, there’s a problem.
Someone is keeping dangerous secrets from them both.

You can grab your copy over at Amazon now!

About Eileen Schuh … 

Eileen Schuh

Canadian author, Eileen Schuh was born and raised as Eileen Fairbrother on a small farm near Tofield, Alberta and now lives with her husband in Canada’s remote northern boreal forests. Her fictional worlds and characters are inspired by her family, her community and the wilderness. She is the author of the ongoing BackTracker Series which so far includes THE TRAZ, FATAL ERROR, FIREWALLS and OPERATION MAXTRACKER. Her adult crime thriller, SHADOW RIDERS, runs parallel to the series with appearances by the beloved BackTracker characters. She also has two adult SciFi novellas to her credit, SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT and DISPASSIONATE LIES. Schuh recently retired from a life of careers that varied from nurse to journalist to editor to business woman. In addition to writing, she remains involved in her adopted community of St. Paul, Alberta and enjoys speaking to youth and adults about the magic of writing and the social and personal issues addressed in her novels.

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