Melanie Marttila reviews The Mermaid’s Tale, by D.G. Valdron

The Mermaid’s Tale is a fable of personhood wrapped in a murder mystery framed by a fantasy setting, peopled by familiar races that are presented in subtly original ways. Valdron’s protagonist has no name. Most Arukh (orcs) don’t. The few that have been so graced have earned their names by distinguishing themselves from their mad and murderous brethren. Each race has its own name for the Arukh, but all of them translate to either abomination,…

Double book launch at When Words Collide

The poster pretty much says it all. But let’s recap: Five Rivers’ double book launch at When Words Collide, August 13, at Calgary Delta South, is open to the public; two of our best releases ever, by C.P. Hoff, and D.G. Valdron. One a madcap and endearing story that will have you laughing out loud. The other a dark journey into madness, and a battle between the profane and the sublime. Six copies of each title…

An editor considers character development

What is it about a story of fiction that sweeps you away? Aside from other key elements, I’m pretty sure it’s a fully developed character who speaks to you from the page or screen. It’s that character’s voice that whispers to you in your sleep, who disturbs you at work, during your commute, who becomes so real sometimes you ache for conversation with that person, you cry if they die, or crow when they triumph….

Michael R. Fletcher reviews The Mermaid’s Tale

Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption, and 88, recently reviewed D. G. Valdron’s forthcoming debut novel, The Mermaid’s Tale.  “He said the Arukh only had one word. It was their word for rage and for pain, for fighting and dying. It was a word spoken in sorrow and anger. It was the word they said to a world that didn’t want them, that had no place for them. It was loneliness and defiance and in the end it was…

An Interview with D.G. Valdron

Lorina Stephens sat down virtually with D.G. Valdron recently to discuss his forthcoming novel, The Mermaid’s Tale. We think you’ll find the discussion as fascinating as the novel, set to release August 1, 2016. Q: Tell me about the inspiration for The Mermaid’s Tale. What was it that informed this complex and brutal story? DGV: It started a throwaway bit of writing—the first scene at the Mermaid’s dock, where the Arukh, fearsome, scarred, battered, terrifying but secretly…