Hello Quesnel, Loren Halloran here.
Although I currently reside in Duncan, I lived most of my growing up life in Quesnel and took piano lessons from Mr. Halleran, as well as band in Cariboo Jr. High School from Mrs. Halleran. I worked in Sight and Sound and sold pianos and organs, as well as band instruments and other musical instruments before touring on the road in bands. I try to visit every couple of years as I have many friends and family in Quesnel, including my Correlieu Grad Class of 1974 which is a very active site on Facebook. Quesnel is still in my heart.
I’ve just published a 168-page, fiction, children’s chapter book for young readers with AuthorHouse, an American self publisher located in Indiana.
Over the years I’ve written and recorded music and am currently on the Songwriters of BC CD for two songs, “Highway of Tears” and “Swept Away”, a song I was commissioned to write in remembrance of the late Karrie Ann Stone, as both she and Tyeisha Jones were murdered in Duncan back in 2010.
I also gifted the David Suzuki Foundation a song in June of this past year, one that I had recorded with three players from the David Foster band.
My book, called The Mysterious Ledge, is a story I had in my head for the past 24 years. It’s about a young Caucasian boy living in the Cowichan Valley who wants desperately to climb to the top of a nearby mountain, to be out on the ledge. One day he naps in a clover field and dreams the rest of the story. He meets an old chief who takes him under his wing, mentors him and tells him stories.
I followed my dream and wish to inspire others to do the same. Writing is my passion. I never gave up on this story, and to get it published. It has three parts, 22 chapters, and 48,500 words. The story is wholesome, sound, and bridges the gap between the white folks and the First Nations people.
Amazon gave it a five-star review before it was available to be purchased. I now have four other five-star reviews and my intent is to market the story to the big silver screen. It is like a Disney movie from years ago, the ones we watched on Sunday nights.
The Duncan Library has been cycling through my books and there is currently a waiting list as well.
My books are also currently on the shelves at the Cariboo Regional District Library in Quesnel and is available on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and AuthorHouse bookstore and is also available on E- Book.