By Gord Bowes, News staff
To write her young adult fiction series, Ronnie Dauber often draws from her own life.
The first novel in the misadventures of Sarah Davies, Mudslide, sprang to her mind after a situation with her own son, who got caught in some rapids during a canoe trip.
Her latest book in the series about “teens at the right place at the wrong time” — Raging Waters — follows an autistic boy who goes missing, also began with a personal situation.
“It’s molded after my grandson,” she says. “It was a very difficult book to write. It can be very sad because he can’t express himself.”
Raging Waters is at the printer’s and should be available this month. Along with Mudslide, the other in the series are Firestorm and Whiteout. Dauber says she will be writing the fifth and final instalment of the series soon.
Dauber says she believes strongly in keeping the series clean.
There’s nothing explicit — no swearing or sexual situations.
“It narrows the audience, but I believe reading books develops the character of the reader,” says Dauber.
But, she says, her books have a fast pace and exciting story and don’t need anything explicit.
She says her books are not unlike the style of Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys novels, but written for today’s teens.
“I use today’s attitude, today’s words — but I’m not using profanity.”
Dauber, 60, has also written an adult suspense novel — Web Secrets — and has two more in the works.
She wrote her first book in 2007. She had been working as a court reporter when she was in a serious traffic accident.
“I sat there thinking what am I going to do for the rest of my life.”
She took college courses to get her up to speed on writing fiction. Now the mother of seven and grandmother of 15 runs a blog (ronniedauber.ca) about writing and moderates a forum for aspiring authors on LinkedIn. That group publishes an anthology of members’ work each year.
Dauber was diagnosed with uterine cancer in July 2011 and given six months to live.
“I rushed to finish Firestorm,” she says. “I thought I was going to die before it was finished.”
The brush with death moved Dauber to write “Let Faith Arise,” her views on what it is, how to get it and how to apply to your life. She’s now writing a follow-up to Let Faith Arise.
Most of Dauber’s books are available at the Hamilton Public Library.