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Guest Post: Sandra Hurst, Author of Peace Out

Author Sandra Hurst stops by Authors & Readers Book Corner to not only share news about her book, Peace Out, but to also share her encounter with the keynote speaker at When Words Collide 2017 in Calgary. Let’s hear about what happened.

Only in the life of Sandra

It was the second day of When Words Collide 2017 in Calgary, and I was having too much fun! Now you have to remember something, Guy Gavriel Kay was one of the keynote speakers this year, and he is one of ‘those’ authors to me. He is the one whose words I read when I need to compare my writing to the best of what ‘real’ fantasy should feel like. His words, and the way I feel when he uses them, is why I write the way I do.

The conference was 2/3 over and I still hadn’t had the time or the mobility to attend any of his sessions. So, I figured on not getting the chance to meet Mr. Kay in person and was just relaxing and having fun with all the new authors and readers that I was meeting.

I thought about joining the line at the autograph session, maybe have a chance to meet him for 3-seconds and ask the one burning question that has always haunted me about his book Tigana, but the que stretched right out the ballroom doors, clearly not possible to me with my razor wire knees. Right then, before I could even process the disappointment, my body caught up with my brain and yelled STOP in a you-will-sit-down-now voice that I couldn’t ignore.

So, I called for help and my faithful knight, Sir Michael revved up the chrome charger and dashed to my rescue. I grabbed my books and bags and ran, okay walked, okay wombled, up to the main gates. And wouldn’t you know, as I was standing waiting for Mike to pull up in the Van, Mr. Kay walks across the parking lot in front of me and we exchanged a few pleasantries.

“Thank you for coming” “Oh, I love coming to Calgary” “Have a good night” that kind of stuff. Inconsequential, certainly, but I’d met him. Angels sang and neon stars flashed in my eyes (okay no, but it was cool). Mr. Kay walked away across the parking lot, just as the great blue charger rounded the corner to pick me up.

“NO!” I screamed (internally I hope). “Don’t run over that one, he’s important.” Brakes work, heart works, sweat glands working overtime, all while Mr. Kay walked calmly into the hotel, never knowing the tragedy that almost happened. I hope Mr. Kay didn’t hear me, but my husband did, his first words when I lumbered into the truck were, “You know you said that out loud, don’t you?” Damn!


A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and science fiction since her school days in England. A member of the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society, Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game of ‘what if.’

Her first novel, Y’keta, is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the American-based RONE award for break out fantasy novel.

She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their behavior demanded it. Learn more about Sandra and her other titles at

About Peace Out

Brent Harrington is gone and Cyn Redman really couldn’t give a rat’s ass. While the whole town celebrates or mourns the end of the Harrington dynasty, Cyn’s life is falling apart. Her mother has recently been diagnosed with cancer, throwing Cyn’s heart, as well as her future plans into turmoil.

The last thing Cyn is looking for is Jericho, the quiet, soft-spoken ranch hand from the McBride place. Between the clinic closing, her mom’s health, and Cyn’s long-delayed college plans, there are already too many uncertainties. Could Jericho be the anchor she needs so desperately as her world falls apart? Or is he just another excuse not to let go of Peace and move on.

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