Kathy-Diane Leveille is a former broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who discovered the only thing more thrilling than reading a great novel is trying to write one. Her debut literary mainstream novel Let the Shadows Fall Behind You was published by Kunati Books. Kathy-Diane’s short story collection Roads Unravelling was published to critical acclaim after a selection from its pages Learning to Spin was adapted to radio drama for CBC’s Summer Drama Festival. The tale Showdown at the Four Corner’s Corral was revised for the stage and performed by New City Theater in Saint John. She is a member of the Writers Union of Canada, Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and Writers Federation of New Brunswick.
Kathy-Diane’s prose has been published in a number of literary journals including Grain, Room of One’s Own, The Oklahoma Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Cormorant; as well as various anthologies such as Water Studies: New Voices in Maritime Fiction (Pottersfield Press) and New Brunswick Short Stories (Neptune). Along with being awarded numerous Canada Council and New Brunswick Art Grants, Kathy-Diane’s fiction won the Short Grain Contest (dramatic monologue) in 2000 and was listed as a finalist in the Writers’ Union of Canada Short Fiction Contest in 2002. Her poetry received Honorable Mention in the Stephen Leacock International Poetry Competition. A humorous commentary I Know What You Didn’t Do Last Summer aired on CBC’s national morning show with Shelagh Rogers.
Kathy-Diane enjoys sharing her passion for words. She has volunteered as a tutor for READ Saint John, Adult Literacy Programs; taught creative writing to young offenders at the Saint John Regional Correction Center; and entertained school children with workshops on radio drama.
When she isn’t writing, Kathy-Diane spends her time daydreaming in the garden and watching the birds on the east coast where she lives with her husband and two sons.