A Life on the Edge
Waterloo, ON - For Kathryn Ellison, the quiet life of a single mother is filled with bittersweet joy, pride in her daughter, Lexi, and the comfort of belonging to a close-knit ranching family in British Columbia. There is also the tantalizing promise of romance, if only she can free herself from the memories of a past that has continued to haunt her.
A knock at her door one Tuesday morning, however, preludes a momentous six days that will forever change the lives of Kathryn, her daughter, family and friends.
Birth of a Novel
So begins The Watcher (April 2011, Word Alive Press, $17.99), writer Sara Davison’s examination of God’s deep involvement and presence in our lives. The gripping new novel was chosen as the Word Alive Press Free Publishing Contest Fiction Winner for 2010.
Born and bred in Guelph, Ont., Sara graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Queen’s University in Kingston, and has completed creative writing courses at Conestoga College and a two-year correspondence course from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Connecticut.
“One Easter Sunday morning in church, the entire storyline for The Watcher came to me,” she says. “I went home and wrote out a rough draft in a few weeks, then spent four years polishing, rewriting and overhauling it.”
Part mystery, part romance, part thriller, The Watcher is a taut tale that will grip the reader right through to the novel’s suspenseful climax.
“The truth I would most like to see readers get from this novel,” concludes Sara, “is that, no matter what they may be going through, whether or not they can see any purpose or point to their suffering, even if they are doubting or questioning or angry at God, the one thing they can grasp hold of and cling to is that they are never alone.”
Tightly crafted and deftly-written, The Watcher is a moving story of healing, forgiveness, redemption, love and grace that will delight readers everywhere.
A Dream Fulfilled
“I’ve always wanted to write a book,” says Sara. “I have a very vivid memory of being eight or nine years old in the library of our little town, walking up and down the aisles and running my hands over the spines of the books, thinking, All these people wrote a book. It can be done. I can do this.”
Sara heard about the Word Alive contest several years ago at a Write! Canada conference put on by The Word Guild, an organization composed of Christian writers and editors.
“I entered the contest because the publishing business is so difficult to break into,” explains Sara, “and Word Alive offers an incredible opportunity for unknown writers like myself to have their work seen and possibly published. “I was absolutely astounded and ecstatic when I found out I had won,” Sara continues. “My life-long dream had become a reality.”
The Watcher will be made widely available across Canada, wherever readers love to buy books.
About the Author
The mother of three children, Sara Davison spends every free moment reading—and writing—fictional accounts or ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and how they deal with their new reality.
Sara lives in Orillia, Ont., with her husband, Michael, and their three children. She is currently a member of the Community Editorial Board for a major newspaper in her city, and contributes a monthly column to that publication. A copy editor for an online publishing company, Sara has also served as editor and contributor to two of her church’s newsletters. A member of The Word Guild, Sara has been a finalist for two Word Guild national writing awards: Best New Christian Author (2008) and Best Single Column (2010).
About The Watcher
One evening 17 years ago, a horrific crime changes Kathryn Ellison’s life forever. Mistakenly kidnapped and brutally abducted and brutalized by two strangers, the devout young student thought that God had forsaken her. And once it was realized by her abductors that Kathryn was not, in fact, the intended victim, her life hangs by a thread. Dead women can’t testify.
Kathryn’s life is saved by a miraculous white light that appears in the derelict cabin where she had been held prisoner. That light transforms three lives. The terrified men flee the cabin, allowing Kathryn the chance to escape. One of the abductors, filled with remorse, turns back from the Canada-U.S. border and certain freedom and gives himself up to the authorities. David Henley’s confession and incarceration is the beginning of a radically transformative life journey of his own.
Kathryn, in the meantime, picks up the shards of her broken life and has even forgiven David when faced with the sincerity of his remorse. She is unaware, however, that Kevin Dylan, the other abductor serving time with a death sentence staring him in the face, has escaped death row and is even at that moment making his way back to British Columbia, determined to avenge himself on the only victim that ever escaped his clutches.
Will Kathryn have time to make peace with her past before darkness overtakes her?
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