Having recently published her third novel, Benoit’s success can be found not only in her flair for writing but her determination to set and reach goals in her life.
When asked, during a recent phone interview with The Aurora, if she excelled in writing in high school, Benoit said she left school in Grade Eleven. It would be a decade before she’d return to the classroom. But return she did.
“I was 26 or 27 when I went back... I was like a fish out of water at first. But, I got a tutor and I graduated high school in 2005.”
After obtaining her high school diploma at the College of the North Atlantic, Benoit went on to complete the college’s mining technology program which led to a position with the Iron Ore Company of Canada.
Her goal of becoming an author came to fruition several years ago when she published her first historical romance novel “Violet’s Storm.”
The book was the beginning of her Stormy Encounters series.
Benoit’s books are well described on her website and on Amazon sites where they are sold. (Benoit self-published all of her novels).
Set in 1958, “Violet’s Storm” is about a man named Brady Kelly who, in seeking his own justice after his father’s murder, kidnaps the assailant’s only daughter, Violet.
The second book in the series - also set in Ireland like the first - is “Heathen’s Hurricane.” A continuation of “Violet’s Storm” the novel tells the story of Brady Kelly’s best friend, Jack Manning.
Benoit recently released the third novel in the series.
In “Caitlyn’s Rapture” Liam Kelly (Brady Kelly’s brother) says goodbye to Ireland and set sails for Newfoundland. Beached and taken captive by pirates, Liam Kelly proves he has the strength and fortitude to not only survive, but to thrive in the face of adversity.
While the book is the third in the series, Benoit said, each novel is a stand-alone read.
Ambassador for Labrador
Benoit’s love and passion for her Labrador comes through on her website.
She tells those visiting her site that she is from Labrador – a place also known as the Big Land.
However, she writes, “it should be called God’s Country.”
Benoit goes on to tell her website visitors how her writing is inspired by Labrador’s nature and beauty.
“There is truly nothing quite as inspirational as sitting next to a lazy river, fishing pole in hand, dreaming up the next story,” she writes.
Benoit writes that she likes to spend her weeks with her husband at their cottage – or at the computer - “mulling over the next piece of lusty, romantic fiction.”
Benoit has agreed to tell her story in the hopes that it could give someone else the self confidence to pursue their goals in life.
Although her third novel in the series has now been published, she isn’t about to put her characters to bed (at least not for good) anytime soon.
A fourth book is already in the works, she said.
“I live in a creative head... and, for me now, it’s all about sharing the story,” she said.
From the great response she received at her book launch at the Gateway on April 3, people are interested in her stories and characters and want to know more about them.
Benoit said she’d like to thank all of those who came out to the launch and others who also bought the book.
“I had the most outpouring of support... people made me feel so good. They are so supportive. I feel now that I can do anything with this community behind me.”