Awesome Under-rated actress/singer
Whenever I write, I’ll sometime put a face of a real person to the character. I’ve done that with Canyons of Steel, putting Sam Elliott’s face to John Walker, and I did that with Black Mask & Pale Rider, putting Andrea Menard’s face to Shani Wennemein.
"Who?" you might ask. This person.
Andrea Menard was born in 1971 in Flin Flon, Manitoba and is based in Saskatchewan. An accomplished actress, playwright and jazz singer, she has starred in many different Canadian television series, including Rabbit Fall where she played Constable Tara Wheaton of the Regina Police Services.
Did I mention she’s also a jazz singer? One of the films she was in was called the Velvet Devil, where she acted and sang. She has also released several jazz albums.
Menard is also of Metis heritage, and identifies heavily with her First Nations ancestry.
So this is the actress I think of whenever I’m writing Black Mask & Pale Rider and think of Shani Wennemein, the elven gunslinger.