Cheryl Cooper to speak at the next Muskoka Authors Association meeting

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of the expressions: son of a gun, a loose cannon and between the devil and the deep blue sea? Or who Davy Jones and Captain Frederick Marryat were? Or why grog was so important to sailors during the Age of Sail?

On November 17, Cheryl will reveal the answers to these questions and share the details of her journey in writing and experience in publishng, and explain what inspired her to pen historical novels set on the sea. She will also conduct a lively and interactive discussion on “1812 and the Age of Sail,” and will include the fascinating naval aspects of the War of 1812; the conditions and hardships faced by the men who fought for their country on the Atlantic Ocean; and the origins of words and expressions which have found their way into our everyday language.

Cheryl Cooper, a public speaker and the author of two commercially-published novels, Come Looking for Me (Blue Butterfly Books, 2010) and Second Summer of War (Dundurn Press, 2014), set on the high seas during the years of the War of 1812. Her first novel had its beginnings in the 2004 Muskoka Novel Marathon when she won top honours for her manuscript and was subsequently encouraged and mentored by Anne Millyard, co-founding editor of Annick Press. She holds degrees in English and education from Queen’s University, and began her working career as a teacher of the hearing impaired at the Metro Toronto School for the Deaf. Muskoka has been her permanent home now for 28 years.

Muskoka Authors Association meets monthly at St Thomas Anglican Church. Meetings feature authors, agents or publishers sharing their experience and expertise about writing and the writing business. Workshops and other learning opportunities are also offered. Meetings are free to members of the Association and the general public attending for the first time. For all other attendees, there is a cover charge of $20 per person.

To register your attendance, or for more information, contact David at 705-999-1313

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