As an Author and Career Strategist one of the great joys in my life is writing both fiction and non-fiction books that take readers on an exciting, rewarding, universally relevant hero’s journey. Writing different genres keeps my career evergreen for me.
When I’m writing non-fiction, like my career advice blogs or NAIL IT!, it’s like I’m writing a documentary. It’s factual, a step-by-step process.
When I’m writing fiction, like Keepers of the Pact, it’s like I’m writing a script for a movie. I’m in the flow, it’s visual. I’m downloading and listening for the stories my characters want to tell.
My latest fiction novel, Keepers of the Pact, is a magical middle school novel set in Brigus, Newfoundland.
Keepers of the Pact
For middle grade readers (grades 4-6)
Every town has a secret. And Brigus, Newfoundland, is no different. For hundreds of years the Pact of Protection has held, and the seaside fishing town has guarded an ancient and dangerous knowledge. But when business tycoon Mr. Grey begins blasting rock for a tunnel, it’s more than rock that is blown apart: the pact itself is weakened and bits of the secret begin to slip out.
In their search for hidden pirate treasure, Alistair and his friends Ben and Sadie, stumble into the middle of this mystery. The more they learn about the pact, the more the shrieking song, the unexplained leaks in the fishing vessels, and the mystery ship in the harbour begin to make sense.
Partnering with the pact keepers, Alistair, Ben and Sadie must re-instate the agreement for the benefit of all. If they don’t, a lot more than a few ships will be harmed. Everything the good people of Brigus understand about the sea could be in danger.
A magical middle grade novel full of intrigue and adventure, Keepers of the Pact will inspire bravery in intrepid explorers and mystery seekers everywhere.Order Now on Amazon
"Karen Kelloway beautifully weaves together strands of adventure tales, mythology and lore, and the relatable lives and wonderings of young people, creating a fun and rollicking page-turner. Readers of all ages will learn from this culturally and historically rich book, and feel like they have taken a plunge into the waters of Brigus Bay with Alistair and his friends."
Dorothy Lee, former Executive Director of LitWorld and co-creator of World Read Aloud Day
“I was very much intrigued and moved by this awesome story. As I was reading, I could actually see it in my head like a movie. It brought back beautiful memories of the merpeople that were told to me by my Ami.”
Elder Gloria Johnson, a gifted healer, teacher and the direct descendant of Grand Chief Membertou
“Beautifully written. Captivating, mysterious, and fun! A fantasy taking place in my hometown, love it!”
Raelene Wall, Librarian at the Brigus Public Library
“Suspenseful, believable, and original, this tale will have readers fascinated from the first secret treasure hunt in the Misty Cove caves, through the puzzle of a strange creature held prisoner in a schooner’s hold, to the satisfying ending. Alistair, Ben, and Sadie, three intrepid youngsters, with the help of Ben’s kiju and Chief Jo, discover answers through their own hidden gifts and strengths. Keepers of the Pact is a delight!”
Janet Barkhouse, co-author of Pit Pony: The Picture Book