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Have pen, will write

Scotia resident's love of writing culminates in release of her first novel

Wanting to write a book is one thing, but one Scotia resident showed the determination needed to see her book in print.

Christine Slingerland had been working on her recently released book, Descent Into Madness, for at least 13 years " at first jotting down ideas and notes as she raised her children, went to various jobs and had all sorts of experiences. Once she started reading back through what she had written on lined yellow notepads " her favorite writing medium -" she realized she liked what she was reading.

"As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing to it. All you need to do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein," said Slingerland. "I didn't even consider myself [a writer]. It is just something that comes natural to me."

Wherever she goes, there is a notepad by her side. In her early 20's, she started submitting shorts to Redbook magazine, which is where she made her first $50 through her writing. Ever since she was young, though, she said she's had an interest in writing.

"All you have to do is put a pen in my hand, and I can go crazy with it," said Slingerland. "Writing, I guess for me, is not what we can say all the time, but what we are unable to say that I am able to put down on paper."

She said that every single day there is something that influences her in some way, and "Descent Into Madness" is bits and pieces of her and her friends' lives with a touch of drama for good measure. Everything in life is writable, she said, it is just if you have the guts and imagination to improvise upon it.

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