Amy Woolvett THE COAST GUARD NovaNewsNow.com Local author, Darcy Rhyno, has been selected from hundreds of Atlantic Canadian writers as one of 15 to contribute to the recently released collection, Vagrant Review of New Fiction.
Local author Darcy Rhyno has written a story that is featured in the Vagrant Review of New Fiction Collection. Amy Woolvett photo
The authors blindly selected by the editors looked for superior quality of writing skills and of course their connection to the Maritimes.
‘What It Would Make of Him As He Went Along’ written by Rhyno is perhaps the longest title of the collection of short stories but one that the editors of Vagrant Press fought over who liked the story the most.
“It’s a Christmas story about a young girl who had a baby and is bringing it for the first time to a family get together,” says Rhyno. “How the future of a family is determined even before he’s even born.”
Although the story has, no particular setting Rhyno says it is loosely based out of Shelburne County. “The types of people, the language, the landscape and the experiences. They all come out of my past in Shelburne County,” said the author.
Rhyno was born in raised in Shelburne County spending years away and then finally moving back home 10 years ago.
He has always been a writer and was able to get his first book of short stories published in 2002 by Roseway Publishing, Conductor of Waves that was both critically acclaimed and well received by the people of Shelburne County. “Someone different has mentioned every story in that book as their favourite,” laughs Rhyno, “it’s funny how different stories in the book strike different people as something important.”
Influences such as Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn have awakened a love for writing novels for adolescents.
He has almost completed a novel for teens that he describes as a lively and plot driven story that is fun to read with interesting characters going through crazy situations.
He has submitted the first chapter to Nimbus Publishing, who are now interested in reading more and according to a Nimbus editor is under ‘serious consideration’.
As most writers will attest, the publishing market is not an easy nut to crack. “The statistics are staggering on how many authors are published in Canada per year versus how many submit manuscripts,” says Rhyno, “it’s really difficult to get published by a recognized publisher.”
Another difficult audience to entertain is of course the children but Rhyno has gotten great feedback from them when doing readings at the various schools throughout the year.
His own two children get a chance to hear his stories before they go public and their dad gets an opportunity to hear uncensored advice from them. “They are a really great audience,” Rhyno says, “in fact at the end of my last book Isabella cried and I thought wow, I made it.”
Rhyno’s story can be found in the Vagrant Review of New Fiction at the Osprey Arts Centre or can be ordered through the Whirligig.
He will be reading from his story at Word on the Street in Halifax in September as part of the Vagrant Revue panel.