A local author and retired Ottawa Citizen journalist discusses her first novel

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“A Life of Bliss,” is set in Ottawa and Greece and follows the character of Bliss Browning, a shy Ottawa newspaper editor who is afraid to do anything.

Retirement didn’t stop former journalist Don Butler from writing, but inspired him to finally pursue his goal of writing a novel.

Her debut novel, titled “A Life of Bliss”, is set in Ottawa and Greece and follows the character of Bliss Browning, a shy Ottawa newspaper editor who is afraid to do anything. After receiving a message from beyond the grave from a deceased opera singer, he sets off on an adventure to Greece.

The butler said Sam Laprade’s show September 29 that the book is a light and pleasant read with a good dose of humor.

Butler worked as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen for more than four decades, but always harbored an ambition to break into fiction writing. After retiring a few years ago, he took his passion seriously and started working on the novel.

However, writing the book was only half the battle, he said; the other challenge is to make people aware that the book exists.

“It’s a bit of a challenge when you don’t have a big publishing house behind you, you pretty much have to do everything yourself,” he explained, adding that he uses Twitter, speaks at book clubs and appeared for book signings to spread the word.

Butler, who is already working on a sequel, will do a book signing at Perfect Books on Elgin Street on October 16.

Listen to the full interview with Don Butler below:

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