Eileen Schuh has published two adult Science Fiction novellas: SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT and her new near-future release, DISPASSIONATE LIES. She also has authored three novels in her gritty and contemporary young adult BackTracker series: THE TRAZ, FATAL ERROR and FIREWALLS. THE TRAZ is also available in a School Edition.
She is both a traditionally published author (with WolfSinger Publications and Imajin Books) and self-published.
Schuh, born Eileen Fairbrother in Tofield, Alberta lives in Canada’s northern boreal forests and draws her inspiration from the wilderness, her grandchildren, family, and friends, and her adopted community of St. Paul, Alberta.
How I Got Published
I wanted to be a published novelist since I learned to read at age three. Half a century of living intervened before I would make good on that dream. It all started when I quit smoking.
One of the suggestions of my quit-smoking support team was to use the dollars saved by not smoking to self-indulge. I donated my first $1,000 to the Red Cross but when I connected online with Cheryl Kaye Tardif, an author willing to show me how to self-publish, I decided that is where my next year’s savings would go.
For many months I had been working on a series of young adult novels that followed the life of Katrina, who at the age of thirteen got involved with The Traz biker gang and the drug trade. I had other works in progress, but the first book in this series was the closest to being ready for publication.
Instead of paying for cigarettes, over the next year I invested in consultations, website and blog design, editing, a book cover, a book trailer, formatting, publicity… Just as I was about to launch THE TRAZ, I received an exciting email from WolfSinger Publications out of Colorado. An adult SciFi ms that I had submitted a year earlier (SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT) was accepted for publication and a contract was attached.
That definitely boosted my confidence in my self-publishing endeavour and things shifted into high gear. A few months after THE TRAZ and SCHRÖDINGER’S CAT came out, Cheryl Tardif, the author who had helped me get my feet on the ground, contacted me. She had recently established Imajin Books as a small independent publishing house in Edmonton, Alberta and wanted the eBook rights to THE TRAZ as well as eBook and paperback rights to the sequel in the series, FATAL ERROR. Shortly thereafter, Imajin Books also released a School Edition of THE TRAZ.
Since then, WolfSInger Publications published my second adult SciFi, DISPASSIONATE LIES. I self-published FIREWALLS (the third book in my BackTracker series), and…I remain a non-smoker, free to continue investing in my writing career.