Join me in welcoming author Leanne Dyck to Highlighted Author.
Hello, Leanne. Welcome to Highlighted Author. Let’s start with a little intro. Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in a tiny community in rural Manitoba. After trying to be a city girl I got real and now live on a tiny island off British Columbia’s west coast.
Though writing is a one person sport, I’m a team player. I’m a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the Victoria Writers’ Society and the Mayne Island Writers Group. I’m continually amazed at how much critique partners, beta readers and editors can help me shape my writing.
When did you first discover your love of writing?
As a teenager I was very shy. Writing gave me a world to live in and control.
Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote? What was it? Do you still have it?
Honestly, I can’t remember not writing. For me, it’s like breathing or eating–I need to do it to live.
Early memories of my writing spring to mind. For example, the time my English teacher used my story as an example of fine writing. These experiences not only encouraged me to continue writing but also to share what I’ve written.
What is your schedule like when you write? Do you dedicate a certain amount of time to the craft, or do you write when your muse hits?
I maintain daily business hours–8 am to 3 pm. During this time I answer emails, research promotional opportunities, write a blog, and work on a manuscript. How much time is devoted to each task changes daily.
What are you working on now?
Turning is a humourous young adult adventure novel (very) loosely based on my experiences as a volunteer in a government-run national youth group. I have dyslexia and learning to live and work in a group was a delightful challenge.
When can we expect to see another fantastic piece by you available on the market?
Oh, ‘fantastic’–love that word. : )
My projected manuscript completion date is the end of June, 2011. Then of course there’s that whole publishing thingy–which could take a year or more. I’m hoping I’ll have a new piece available by the end of this year or the beginning of 2012–keep your fingers crossed for me.
The Sweater Curse has received some very nice reviews. When did it release? And how does it feel to have others appreciate your work?
The Sweater Curse was released on January 10, 2011.
How does it feel when others appreciate my work? The pieces I write are like my babies. I hope that others will love them as much as I do. I hope…but there’s so much doubt. There’s no guarantee. I try to tell myself that I’m not my story. If my story is rejected, I’m not being rejected. But, you know, I put so much of myself in my stories. They are so close to me. So when they do receive positive reviews I’m on cloud nine. You can say that you are a writer, an author, but it is your readers that make you one.
To read those reviews, please visit: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com/p/reviews.html
Will you share an excerpt with us?
The earliest impressions my mind retains are a patchwork of senses: the smell of bread baking, the wet tongue of a farm dog, and the crunch of autumn leaves. These memories are seductive. I could get lost in them.
I must focus on cold hard facts.
Place of brith: Blondous, Manitoba
Date of birth: April 14th, 1988
I was born into a world of big hair, padded shoulders, and disco. Freaky.
Two years after my birth, we entered a new decade, the 90’s. At twelve, we were in a new century–the twenty-first.
Dead at the age of twenty five.
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