Artist Circle 2015

writ1It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over and I need some prodding to get back to the page.  So I’m organizing the annual Artist Circle to begin February 1st and run for 10 weeks using Julia Cameron’s book “The Right to Write.” It’s an e-mail group that utilizes the principles of “The Artist Way.” There are 10 spots open, to be filled on a first come, first serve basis. It is not a critique group, but an opportunity to explore personal strengths and stumbling blocks, and to put pen to page at your own pace; while sharing discoveries with a supportive group. For more information you can contact me at  shadowsfall@kathy-dianeleveille.com

Happy Writing!

Kathy-Diane

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Arts East Review

art1Thanks to Arts East for reviewing my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw:”

Kathy-Diane Leveille makes rural New Brunswick, 1935, an enticing setting for a murder mystery.

Her second suspense novel, Standing in the Whale’s Jaw, centres around 15-year old Elsa Byrd, a strong girl wise beyond her years. Elsa and her mom have relocated from Saint John to her grandparents’ farm; her father Hal has been admitted to a tuberculosis sanatorium. As mother and daughter attempt to adapt to country life—coloured by what probably is a more palpable case of “women should know their place”—a body of a young girl is discovered, found dead inside a floating dory.

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Thanks too to Mind Care for holding their annual “Music is Freedom” event. This year they decided to include a lunch reading with authors. I was so pleased to be asked to take part last Friday.  They do so much to help erase the stigma associated with mental illness. So nice to see such a great turn out!

Kathy-Diane

 

“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

 

 

 

 

World Vision Trauma Centers: Child Exploitation

spirit8I would to thank all my friends at Saint David’s United Church, fellow book lovers, book clubs and all the kind folk who attended the launch of “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” and dropped into the store signings. Part of the proceeds from each copy sold is being donated to World Vision’s Recovery Centers for victims of child trafficking. I’m happy to report I was able to mail a cheque to them today for $1000.00.

The trauma centers do offer hope for children traumatized by the unspeakable emotional and physical abuse of the commercial sex trade. When they flee the vicious cycle of exploitation, the centers provide health care, counselling, life and job skills training and begin to help them heal and move onto better lives. World Vision also advocates for child rights and better child protection laws. This is key, I think, and, most important, they educate children and families targeted by traffickers.

At this time of year when I see so many happy healthy children, starry eyed and rosy cheeked, brimming with the excitement of the holidays, the knowledge that this horrible stuff exists in our world sickens me.  I hope this small donation moves us one step closer to a world where every child is safe and sheltered.

A big Thank you!

Kathy-Diane

CBC Radio’s Close to Home

A big thank you to CBC Radio Halifax.  Carmen Klassen, the host of “Close To Home”, called me up yesterday to invite me to be a guest on the show to talk about Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project.   I enjoy listening to Carmen every weekday afternoon. She features guests from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Cape Breton. You can hear our chat at Close to Home.

We’ve raised $600.00 to date for CARE International’s work in the refugee camps in the Horn of Africa. Thanks to all the generous published authors who have donated their time and talent to do critiques to raise money.

 

Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project

Have you always dreamed of becoming a published author? Do you have a half-finished manuscript hidden under the bed? Writers who CARE are a group of published authors working to raise money for Somalian refugees through CARE International. If you donate $50 to The 50/50 Project, a published author will critique 50 pages of your work-in-progress.  This is a steal folks! 

East Africa is facing its worst drought in more than 60 years, creating the most severe food crisis in the world today.

CARE has launched an emergency appeal for $48 million to provide food, water, and emergency relief.  They hope to reach almost 2 million people affected by the emergency.

Check out Writers who CARE: the 50/50 Project today and see how you can help. Thank you for your support!