Stacey D. Atkinson

Press & Reviews

Apt613

An excerpt from a book review of Letters from Labrador: "It is fascinating to read the accounts of Patsy’s adventures, snowmobiling under the northern lights, waiting for the blizzard to blow over so the mail plane can come in, trying to work during power outage, wanting to see wildlife before someone hunt it. These are stories that allow other Canadians who have lived in the north to re-live their own memories while reviving a sense of wanderlust for Canadians who haven’t. Reading about Patsy coping with her early onset dementia also provokes the reader to consider all of the incredible stories the elders in our society must have, stories that will die with them if they are not passed on."

Times & Transcript, Moncton, New Brunswick

"BIOGRAPHICAL WITH A HINT OF FICTION: Letters from Labrador is biographical with elements of fiction. The letters are real, while flashbacks and present-day dementia are fictionalized 'yet based on a true story.' Stacey was inspired to write this book after hearing about a woman who had worked in the North during the 1970s and wanted to write a book about her experiences. Stacey drove to Kingston to meet Patricia. It turned out to be a remarkable pairing, and Letters from Labrador was born." 

Book review of Letters from Labrador in the Times & Transcript Newspaper for Moncton, New Brunswick

IndieReader Reviews

STUCK by Stacey D. Atkinson

4 Stars

Odette LeBlanc lives in Pointe-du-Chene, New Brunswick, works nights in a local convenience store, and spends her days sleeping and roaming the beach. Though she hasn’t attended college, she’s a bright and competent 23-year-old who keeps her family afloat (including her rather crass, Bingo-addict mom and her sweet younger sister) with her weekly paycheck. But she knows something’s missing in her life, and she yearns to find a direction and pathway out of her dead-end job and predictable routine. Enter Henri, a dashing, rich American who’s come to Pointe-du- Chene on a family vacation. Their attraction is undeniable and immediate, but Odette knows in her heart their worlds are too far apart; to compensate she lies about her background and occupation, heading down the slippery slope of romantic deception.

Author Stacey D. Atkinson deftly builds the suspense (will Henri find out that Odette lives in a trailer and doesn’t work in a chic boutique?) as the couple sails and dines, and Odette fails deeper and deeper into Henri’s polished spell. But when, in the early morning hours after her night shift she stumbles upon a mysterious doryman and his strange little white cat, readers may begin to wonder which way this plot is headed. Suddenly oh-so-attractive Henri is a little too perfect, while the doryman, a quirky young oceanographer named Ben (who likes to swim in the nude) seems increasingly intriguing. But which man will win Odette’s heart, or will she lose both in her quest to find herself?

Odette’s unassuming, unpretentious nature is endearing, and will her struggles to free herself from the bonds of habit, fear, and self-doubt engaging. The charm of the seaside town of Pointe-du-Chene and its interesting array of locals and tourists will enchant the reader, while the lovely setting makes Odette’s summer journey to self-discovery all the more fascinating.

STUCK is an enticing and enjoyable anytime read.

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Write On Ottawa: Wonderful debut novel sparkles with literary talent

Ottawa-based author Stacey Atkinson is a joy to read.  In fact, I loved her novel Stuck so much, I had to double-check whether it was her literary debut...

Letters from a Hill Farm book blog

"The word ‘pleasant’ isn't used very often as a description of a book, and if it is, it is apt to be used in a sort of disparaging way, but I love the word. The thesaurus says: enjoyable, pleasurable, nice, agreeable, pleasing, satisfying, gratifying, good; entertaining, amusing, delightful, charming. And this book is all of those things. It made me happy reading it. I found the ending perfect, yet real. In life most problems are not neatly solved, but we generally find a way to deal with them, and Odette does. It was one of my personal favorites from 2013."

Pure Jonel Book Reviews

5-Star Review: "I loved this story. It was a remarkable portrayal of life in Acadia. I appreciated how this was a very Canadian novel without being only that. Above all, it was a story about surviving and being yourself. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy."

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Interview with Stacey D. Atkinson

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Author interview on CFRA Ottawa radio station

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Kirkus Reviews

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“A charming, sincere coming-of-age story...” - Kirkus Reviews  
“...incredibly touching.” - Kirkus Reviews 
“The novel might be about a dream of escaping, but readers will be happy to stay.” - Kirkus Reviews 
“A moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers hearts.” - Kirkus Reviews

Quotes from Kirkus Reviews for Stuck by Stacey D. Atkinson:

“A charming, sincere coming-of-age story...”

“...incredibly touching.”

“The novel might be about a dream of escaping, but readers will be happy to stay.”

“A moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers hearts.”

IBPA member's website

An interview with Stacey D. Atkinson

Times & Transcript (Moncton, NB)

Get 'Stuck' with Stacey Atkinson

Stacey D. Atkinson's first novel is set in Pointe-du-Chêne, and offers a theme that many can easily identify with.

'It's about a young woman (Odette LeBlanc) who's working the midnight shift at a convenience store, and she just feels stuck in her life. She knows she has to make some decisions about her future because she's so young and she's stuck in this job already, but it becomes complicated because of a love interest, because of her selfish mother who plays a big role in the book, and because of her crazy co-workers.' Originally from Taylor Village and now making her home in Ottawa, Stacey has been writing since about the age of 13, however her first love affair with words actually began as a songwriter. She learned to play guitar, wrote songs (her You Shine did very well), performed in variety shows and with bands - but her dream of writing a book had still been unrealized.

Then she decided to finish STUCK , a book that she'd been working on for eight years, and started her own publishing company - Mirror Image Publishing (staceydatkinson.com). In other words, she went for it - and the result is her well-received novel, STUCK .

People say write about what you know,' she says about her motivation for STUCK , 'and I knew the area. I spent summers in Pointe-du-Chêne, and I still come home to this day and rent a cottage and go to Parlee Beach. I always knew it was going to be the setting (for my novel) - and about feeling stuck in your job, that was definitely something I could relate to. I'd moved to Ottawa and I worked for a decade in government. I'm very appreciative of it. I learned great skills and had a great job, but I felt a little stuck. So I played off of those feelings to give to the character, but it's not about me. She's quite different than me.

'People should buy my book because I think they'll relate to the universal theme of being stuck in a place, a situation. Also it's a very hopeful book. It's got a theme of believe in yourself and follow your dreams. A lot of people will stay stuck in a situation because it's so scary to take a leap and try something.' Self-published and an 'easy read' at 240 pages, STUCK is available everywhere books are sold online, as well as at Chapters in Dieppe.

Stacey shares a favourite passage from STUCK : '5:30 a.m. My shift was finally over. I left the store and took a long-awaited breath of fresh air. With my chest fully expanded, I exhaled the evening smells of glass cleaner and paper money. I followed the sound of droning waves along St. John Lane and admired the beginning of a pale tangerine sky reflected in the cottage windows.

'This was my life in Pointe-du-Chêne, or 'The Point' as the locals called it. It was the meeting point for unloading the fishing boats at the wharf …'

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