buck7LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU is featured on THE PLOT CAFE today.  Interviewer, Arwen Taylor, asked: What made you decide to switch from working with CBC radio to writing fiction books?

“When I was a journalist I was always telling other people’s stories.  It was an exciting job, and helped pay the bills.  However, at the end of the day I had no energy reserves left to pursue my passion of fiction writing.  My father passed away, and I started to take a good look at my life.  I decided that I didn’t want to keep putting my dreams in the back seat.  I wanted them to drive my car.”



Kathy-Diane Leveille



“It’s often said, but not usually with such eloquence, that the only one you can’t outrun is you. Kathy-Diane Leveille writes with passion and assurance of a woman who risks sacrificing far too much to try to erase the things she knows are true.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

Bella On-Line Mystery Book Review

buck6One of my favorite places to make an on-line pitstop each week is  Bella On-Line: The Voice of Women.   It was great to read Edie Dykeman’s, the mystery book editor’s, review of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU:

Brannagh Maloney escaped a troubled childhood home when she attended university. Years later, she has furthered that escape by working as a cataloguer for wilderness preservationist Nikolai Mirsky (Nikki) in northern Ontario. After falling in love with her boss and spending the winter with him in an old abandoned prospector’s cabin, Brannagh faced Nikki’s sudden disappearance when he left for a weeklong conference never to return.

When Brannagh was three-years-old her father hopped a Russian freighter and was never seen again. Several years later, her mother left the family home, and was later found murdered. Brannagh lived with her Aunt Thelma and her grandfather in a large four-story house with a so-called Nervous Clinic on the top floor, and the Provincial Asylum two blocks away.


Kathy-Diane Leveille


Her settings and characters—their hopes and fears, verbal and behavioural ticks, even their smells—are keenly observed. The Globe and Mail

Shadows Interview on NOVEL JOURNEY

buck9I’m an avid follower of NOVEL JOURNEY, one of Writers’ Digest 101 most valuable web site for writers. So it was great fun being interviewed there today. Weekly columnist, Kelly Klepfer, asked: How has your experience as a broadcast journalist prepared or hindered you as a novelist?

It’s definitely prepared me. There’s a reason why old journalists never die, they just go on to second careers as fiction writers! Working in the field of journalism offers valuable training in discipline. You’re working to a deadline to produce stories whether you like it or not. There were many times I sat down at the computer with absolutely no idea of where to go. You learn in journalism to have faith in the process, that you can start with nothing and eventually something will take shape and grow. It was a tremendous mentorship in the art of research, fact checking and honing the 5 W’s.


Kathy-Diane Leveille
“It’s the quality of the writing that makes the read worthwhile…a very promising debut.” http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com

Starred reviews for Kunati and Top Ten Crime Debut

I’m pleased and proud to announce fellow Kunati author, Joshua Corin’s, wonderful Nuclear
Winter Wonderland
was awarded as one of the TOP TEN CRIME debuts from
American Library Association’s Booklist

From Booklist: Nuclear Winter Wonderland. By Joshua Corin. 2008. Kunati, paper,
$15.95 (9781601641601).

After his twin sister is kidnapped by a strange man with plans involving a
nuclear device, Adam Weiss joins forces with a former Mob enforcer and a
Croatian female clown (who only speaks Spanish) to track down the maniac. This
richly comic thriller is surreal without being silly and wonderfully playful in
its use of language.

Nuclear Winter Wonderland also scored a rare STARRED REVIEW from the same
venerable trade magazine.large”Nuclear large

Darrin, John (author).
May 2009. 416p. Kunati, hardcover, $24.95 (9781601641687).
REVIEW. First published May 1, 2009 (Booklist).

It was only a matter of time before someone took that next step in the digital
world: murder, broadcast over the Internet for all the world to see. First a
drug lord goes down, then a pedophile, then a mobster. The public is at once
incensed and intrigued; the vigilante aspect-the victims are bad guys, after
all-somehow makes the spectacle less appalling and adds to the sicko
entertainment factor. When the killer announces that he will accept bids for the
right to pull the cybertrigger for the next execution, the online world ponies
up. The only ones who can stop the madness, apparently, are disgruntled FBI
investigator Karen, freelance journalist Seth, and gifted but overlooked
scientist Dr. Sicals. The unlikely trio joins forces to prevent further
killings, and the pursuit keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The central
question of whether killing one for the greater good of many should be tolerated
is treated with a bit of a heavy hand, but the author’s message doesn’t distract
overmuch from what is a satisfying debut thriller.

— Mary Frances Wilkens BOOKLIST

by Kathy-Diane Leveille
Let the Shadows Fall Behind You Kathy Diane-Leveille
Brannagh Maloney, a young woman who has fled her New Brunswick home for
university and a new life, is hired as a cataloger on a naturalist expedition in
northern Ontario. She has a lot to leave behind. Her childhood was marked by a
series of family disappearances and two murders. In a far from normal home
environment, her grandfather treated mental patients on the top floor of their
house and there was a hint of madness in her own family. The delight and
fulfilment she finds in her new wilderness life despite its physical challenges,
falls apart when her lover Nikolai disappears. Has he abandoned her, or is his
disappearance the result of foul play?

Distraught, she reluctantly returns to St John for a reunion with three close
women friends who pledged undying love and support for each other in childhood
as the Tuatha-de-Danaans (the faeries of Ireland). However her return and the
interaction with her friends revive the emotional trauma she had hoped to leave
behind. Brannagh’s current sense of abandonment by her lover makes her even more
vulnerable to the unresolved mysteries surrounding the deaths of her parents and
the nature of the family madness.

The novel is more about the past than the present as it navigates back and forth
through time. Brannagh is tempted to run away again as the reunion with her
friends proves more challenging than comforting. She stays and answers
concerning the past eventually emerge as she deals with the complex
interrelationships between her friends and surviving family members

Leveille’s descriptive writing evokes the beauty of nature and she creates an
interesting cast of characters. For example, Brannagh who is really quite a
feisty woman is also an artist whose bird sketches are an important contribution
to the naturalist survey. Annie, perhaps her closest friend, had been one of her
grandfather’s patients and herself becomes a doctor. On the other hand, the
“shadows” really take over in this book. There are almost too many aspects of
the story to follow, particularly when dealing with the past. And the last
minute resolution of the present mystery seems almost too good to be true. It is
the quality of the writing that makes the read worthwhile.

SHADOWS is Leveille’s first novel. As a well written but convoluted Gothic tale
involving a complex list of characters, it is a very promising debut.

Reviewed by Ann Pearson, April 2009


Five Stars on Aeclectic

Review by Solandia
The Touchstone Tarot is the second deck from Australian artist, Kat Black. She
and Kunati, the publishers of the mass-market edition, have done the impossible
and equalled – even surpassed – the high benchmark set by the Golden Tarot.

This is a thoroughly people-focused deck – its apt catchphrase is `78 friends
you hold in your hand’. Drawn from historical portraits and Baroque and
Renaissance paintings and melded into tarot scenes, the people are individual,
immediate, and subtly expressive, displaying a range of emotion and instantly
recognisable feeling.

The Devil is, well, devilishly seductive, inviting you to give in to temptation.
The pain and dissatisfaction in the face of the Five of Cups is palpable. The
Queen of Swords is perfect, a richly dressed, regal and intelligent woman, but
she looks tough and unforgiving, even a little cold. I particularly like the
High Priestess, who has an otherworldly look (pale skin, large light eyes, Mona
Lisa smile), as though she is the physical bridge between the real and spiritual
worlds. There is a such a mix of faces across the deck, all with their
individual and appropriate characters – some even look just like people I know
in real life.

Some cards give an interesting spin on the typical symbolism. The Emperor looks
competent, but a bit grim, as though responsibility lies heavily on his
shoulders. The Ten of Wands is the opposite: she looks accepting of her burden
and is apparently carrying it without difficulty. The woman in the Three of
Swords (not a card that normally shows a person) looks shocked and dazed, like
she’s just received terrible news but is it yet to sink in. The Page of Swords
especially is unusual; he looks bored and uninspired rather than sharp and
snappy (perhaps he’s just bored of being inside).

Opening the shrink-wrap on the Touchstone Tarot set, there is a solid matte box
that opens from the front like a book. Inside lies the companion book, and
underneath are the gilt-edged cards. There are 80 cards included in the set: the
78 standard cards, the Happy Squirrel card, and the Touchstone Tarot artist card
(not for reading).

The gilt-edged cards are big, not quite 9cm by 13cm, much bigger than the cards
in Kat’s original limited edition run of the Touchstone. These cards are also
lighter and the colour slightly less saturated, which means it is easier to make
out details in the shadows.
More here…

“A grippingly original thriller” BOOKLIST


Sleepers Awake.
McNulty, Patrick (Author)
May 2009. 272 p. Kunati, hardcover, $22.95. (9781601641663).

“Adapted from his unfilmed screenplay, McNulty’s first novel takes on the
familiar horror conventions of ghosts and demons and spins them into a
grippingly original thriller. In the remote Alaskan village Danaid, an epic
battle between the undead and an evil creature known as the Zijin is about to
reach a climax. Bishop Kane is an undead bounty hunter, rescued from the grave
decades ago by departed spirits called Wraiths. When the Ministry of Wraiths
learns that the Zijin’s parasitic leader, the exotically beautiful Petra, is
holed up in Danaid, Bishop hurries to the town fully armed. Yet Petra is not
only Bishop’s longvanished daughter but the wife of Danaid’s sheriff, Sean
Berlin. After Sean witnesses Bishop’s foiled attack on Petra, it will take many
dead townspeople before Bishop can convince Sean to join forces with him.
McNulty’s debut hits more than a few rough spots in keeping the story line
afloat above nonstop flashing knives and claws, but readers who enjoy gore-laden
horror will relish it.”

Kunati Books
“A publisher to watch.” Booklist


Unsolved Disappearances

emailshadow-cover-250On my blog Unexplained Disappearances, I explore the vanishings that inspire my fiction, and document the mysteries I’ve encountered:  Urban Legends, Mythology, Paranormal Phenomenon, Fiction and Foul Play.

I hope you’ll read the cases here with fascination, empathy and scepticism.  I’ve always been an avid collector of the unexplained; an amateur sleuth, armchair traveller and seeker of curiosities. Unexplained Disappearances twig my imagination because of the questions and possibilities they raise.  Many of these mysteries remain unsolved; some, because they legitimately are unexplainable; others because they are pure fabrication.  Tragically, some disappearances, eventually lead to the revelation of cold hard facts that irrefutably prove the lead players are victims of foul play.


 Kathy-Diane Leveille



“Picturing ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and recording their impressions with an intense clarity we associate more with black and white photos, Leveille is blessed with a flash of insight that lets the readers see far beyond the surface. The Chronicle Journal

The Launch is finally here!

buck6Did I say I write long chapters?  Finally, with this week’s excerpt from LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU, Chapter One is complete.  Say, that must mean the official launch is about to happen. Am I ready?

It’s now or never.  I’d like to invite all my friends to come and help me celebrate the launch of my new suspense novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU at the Saint John Arts Center on Sunday May 10 from 1-4 p.m.  It’s being held in conjunction with the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick’s Word-Spring and the Saint John Library’s Literary Festival.  Join us for a reading, author chat, refreshments and prizes.  Enter a draw to win a gift certificate from Ambiance Day Spa.  Half of the royalties from each book sold will go to Save the Children’s First Nations mother/baby bonding program.

 Hope you enjoy all of Chapter One!  Just click excerpt on the menu above.

 Kathy-Diane Leveille



“A murder, a past still preying upon the souls of those involved, is always an intrusive guest. Let the Shadows Fall Behind You tells that chronicle with poignancy, wistful descriptions of small town life and punchy characterizations that expose hard truths. Sadly rich and beautiful writing.” -Don Graves CANADIAN MYSTERIES  The Hamilton Spectator.


letemailtheshadow-cover-250LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU is a feature interview in this month’s BIG THRILL on-line magazine published by International Thrill Writers.  I had the pleasure of talking to journalist, Carolyn Haines, about my fascination with disappearances.  Here’s an excerpt: 

Kathy-Diane Leveille’s latest book and first novel is LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU, a suspense thriller just released by Kunati Books. Kathy-Diane is a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist. Her first book was a collection of short stories, ROADS UNRAVELING. While Kathy-Diane focuses on her writing, she also maintains an interesting blog on her web site http://www.kathy-dianeleveille.com listing “disappearances” that have caught her fancy. Her book explores a young woman who is no stranger to disappearances.


Kathy-Diane Leveille



“It’s often said, but not usually with such eloquence, that the only one you can’t outrun is you. Kathy-Diane Leveille writes with passion and assurance of a woman who risks sacrificing far too much to try to erase the things she knows are true.” –Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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