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Author Vanessa C. Hawkins

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About the Author


A life-long lover of horror, Vanessa wrote her first story in the genre when she was only in grade five. It was titled Mutilated, and it warranted a trip to the school guidance counsellor. A lifetime later, she continues to write about anything scary and paranormal though she has since found herself enthralled in the world of fantasy steampunk and romance. A Child to Cry Over is her first attempt at realistic fiction. She’s had works published locally and abroad and has conducted numerous workshops throughout Atlantic Canada. 

Currently, she is partying it up in New Brunswick with her husband and daughter and a dog she really wants but hasn’t gotten yet.

A Child to Cry Over

Author: Vanessa C. Hawkins

Paperback ISBN: 9781953271976

eBook ISBN: 9781953271983

Genre: Realistic Fiction/Crime Drama

Release Date 5/10/2021

Maddy Bell was just ten years old when she was sent away for the murder of a two year old boy living in the rural town of St. George, New Brunswick. Growing up in the church-run community with a life-hardened mother, Maddy has always been an outcast in the wake of her father’s homosexuality. She keeps to herself until authorities discover Sonny’s body on the railroad, but was his death just a terrible accident, or is little Madeline Bell to blame?


The media and the community of St. George are quick to condemn her, and ten years later, when Madeline is released from juvenile detention with a new identity, can she hide her past, forget her roots, and finally be a normal girl in the midst of a media manhunt?

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