The 2013 Fiction Page Turner winners and runners up were announced earlier this month, and I’ve spent December to get to know each of the three. Check out the link above for our the other two winners- and read on to learn more about runner up Jim McWhinnie, his manuscript The Mystic Realms of Shadow Fox, and more!
Joanne Sher: First of all, congratulations on your honorable mention! Can you tell us a bit about how you found out? What was your reaction?
Jim McWhinnie: I kept peeking back to the Forums to see if just maybe I might be chosen. Finally, I saw the entry about the selections and I was surprised by joy. Although I am an old man who is much in the look of Santa Claus I did a little dance.
Jim: I have always loved words, especially stories. A legacy of my Canadian upbringing is the tradition of story-telling, either before the fire in those long, hard winters, or on the porch during the well-into-the-evening twilight in those northern summer evenings. In college, I often wrote when I should have been studying … but I suppose that is a forgivable. As a campus minister and as a pastor for near forty years, I, of course, was required to do much writing, yet, in the late nights, I would retreat into my writer’s nook and let my thoughts drift off and bring to life words from a more fanciful realm. Now in retirement, or at least, in these years of ministry of a more vagabond style, I love to write … I reckon preachers always have words needing to be voiced.