Maggie Blackbird

Romancing Canada's Indigenous People

For this week’s edition of Fun Fact Friday I am giving you five fun facts about The Circle is Small, my latest release, a contemporary romance.

First Nations policing has always interested me.  As a matter of fact, I did consider pursuing this career in my mid-twenties, but alas, it was not meant to be. However, if I couldn’t be a constable, I would write about one.  Thank goodness my niece is married to a First Nations constable, and he was very handy when it came to research.

  • I actually started writing this story as a category romance but changed my mind because I wanted to go deeper into the subject matter.
  • Because it originally started as category, and category is trope-driven, I picked the tropes of secret baby and forced proximity.
  • I debated whether to isolate the Ojibway community or make it next to a local town in Northwestern Ontario.  The isolation won.
  • I wanted to make sure this novel was deep in the Ojibway culture, and it’s prominent throughout the novel.
  • There were two covers for this novel.  I received the first one waay before the release, and then the cover artist started working on a second one.  I had no idea there were mix-ups behind the scene with my publisher.  And I must say, I adore the second cover and said I wanted to use it over the first one I received.  Here is a peek at the original cover, and the cover you know now.  Which one do you like better?  I found the second one represented everything about this novel, so it’s my pick.

To purchase a copy, head on over to Extasy Books.

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