It’s been a busy year

danceA big thank you to everyone who volunteered to take part in my case studies this year for the Essential Oil Therapy course. I learned tons about the amazing medicinal properties of herbs and passed with flying colors. It was one of the many things on my bucket list of things I’d like to learn more about. I’m an avid gardener with lots of lovely herbs in the garden. Thanks again dear friends for helping me out. Happy to report: Everyone lived!

Of course this means I have put my writing on hold this year, doing this course and working my day job, but I loved the break. Change can be good for the soul. Still, I am looking forward to scribbling again come Fall. I finished the novel “How to be a Psychic” so it will be time to roll up the sleeves and start editing.

Enjoy the summer everyone!

Book Launch at the FogLit Festival

foglit2  Join me for the launch of my  new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” (Tightrope Books) at the opening ceremony of the FogLit Book Festival on October 3rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Saint John Free Public Library at Market Square. Drop by for a reading, signing and munchies. It’s free! Enter a draw to win a gift certificate from Element 5 Day Spa.  A portion of each book sold is being donated to WORLD VISION TRAUMA RECOVERY CENTERS for victims of child trafficking.  If you can’t make the launch, see the EVENTs page for a list of upcoming books signings.

Last time I participated in a book festival in this library, I was ‘piped in.’ A colorful bag piper– complete with kilt–serenaded the authors in a grand majestic parade through the doors and up the stairs. I can’t wait to see what they have in store this time. By the way, the FogLit Festival runs through the weekend and features free writing workshops and readings. Indigo is running the book table so lots of bookworm browsing to be done. There’s ghost stories, historical walks, music and, if you’re 19 or over, a wine tasting. Authors  include Beth Powning, David Adams Richards, Donna Morrissey and many, many more.  The writing workshops run the gamut from memoir, short fiction, poetry and, for the kids, comic books. Be sure to drop by.

See you there!

Kathy-Diane

“Leveille has set her story in a bygone place and time so vividly evoked that the reader is transported to experience it
through the richly realized characters.” -Trudy Morgan-Cole, Author of That Forgetful Shore

“Nineteen thirties rural New Brunswick shines in this multi-layered, coming-of-age murder mystery. I hope we hear from Elsa Byrd and Lavinia Twigg again – they make a first-rate detective team.”     – Laurie Glenn Norris Author of Haunted Girl

Comedy, Music and Books: Happy New Year!

write16The holiday have been good to the Leveille household. All the family is home.  My oldest son arrived from Toronto. Check out this YouTube of his latest comedy creation: School of College. Hilarious!

My youngest is visiting from Ottawa and writing his reviews of the top 20 albums of 2012 on his blog Kidnapping is Wrong.  We’ve visited a few second hand record stores and flipped through the old vinyl albums: Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King.  Brings back memories…

Mom and dad are unwinding by the wood stove. I got a Kobo reader and can’t believe how light it is and easy to read.  Books, DVDs and chinese food. What more could a girl want?

Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours all the best in 2013….

Poet or novel writer?

At writers’ workshops I always bemoan the fact that I’m too long winded as a writer to ever become a poet. I equate poetry to snapping a picture and novel writing to filming several wide pan shots.  I always want to explore the WHOLE story.  However, I was cleaning out my files and guess what?   Yep, I  found a poem I wrote.  This, however, does not in any way mean I won’t stop throwing a pity party when I have a word count to fullfill (as if poets have it any easier finding the right words to nail the creative vision onto the page). Ha!

Chicken Bone Fence

   Car tires

   humdrum humdrum

   rutted blacktop,

   drumhome drumhome

   dead dreams

    lost love. 

   Round the curve…                                                                             

   Chicken bone fence

   zig-zags

   a swollen breast

   of farmer’s field,                                                                        

   framing                                                                               

   the whipped butter tops

   of goldenrod,  

  snarling thistles

  onion sweet

  bales of hay,                                                                             

  reeling bees,                                                                               

  and daisies bowing

  their heads

  to pray. 

  All else is forgotten

  as we swell

  and ripen,

  bursting our skins

  beneath

  this living Monet

  hung on a hillside

  in Cambridge Narrows.

 Kathy-Diane  Leveille

“Leveille uses rural New Brunswick to explore characters who, in the midst of emotional change, find emotional memory tugging at their sleeves.” -ATLANTIC BOOKS  TODAY

 

Friendship sustains Us




My novel LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU is about the redeeming power of friendship. Brannagh comes to terms with her past when she attends a reunion of the childhood all girls club Tuatha-de-Dananns. So, I was really pleased when I returned home recently to reunite with some of the girls I went to high school with: Carole, Kathy, Debra, Thea, Patrician, Maryanne and Thelma. Where has the time gone? It was so good to re-connect with you all again. I’ll leave you with heartfelt wishes of my protagist, Brannagh, who summed it up this way:

“Whatever heaven was, Brannagh decided, wherever that place was that you went when you died, she knew that this moment would be there waiting like a cosmic seed to sprout in their hearts upon the first moment of recognition. She was certain that all that they had been–children, girls, teenagers, women–the loss, the hope, the reaching and stumbling and getting back up again would all be there too. And she was convinced that all the exhuberant, shining expectations not yet fullfilled, the dreams and yearnings that had been too painful not to discard over the years, that they had simply given up or locked away, would be there too, unsullied and expectant, ready to be claimed, like goods stored in the locker at the bus depot.”

-From LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU (Kunati Books)

I think it’s true that ‘nothing can change the past, but friendship holds the power to transform the future.’

Kathy-Diane

ANSWERING THE CALL: Where did time go?

The writing retreat was held last weekend and what a great time it was. I can’t believe how quickly the time passed by. It is heavenly to have a window of uninterrupted time to write. I especially love not having to cook. (the deserts were great too!)

Thanks to everyone who made the retreat such a success. Sharing the creative process with each of you, hearing all of your stories, the stumbles and celebrations along the way, was so rewarding. It was a diverse group which made our time together so interesting. I loved hearing the ‘aha’ moments and the many different ways inspiration and synchronicity strike. To top it off, the weather was mild and sunny. Lots of long walks for noodling. I’m happy to say my new novel is unfolding beautifully…

The next ANSWERING THE CALL retreat is scheduled for the Fall. More details coming soon!

Kathy-Diane

Book Signing at Indigo Saturday

If you’re by Indigo at East Point Mall in Saint John, New Brunswick , on Saturday drop by and say hello. I’ll be there at 12 noon signing the trade paperback edition of LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU and chatting about life as an author.   Find out why I love this cover the best.  You can enter a draw to win a $100.00 Spring Book Buying Spree and sample an Easter chocolate (don’t leave them all there for me to eat, please).  See ya then!

This book is kind of a “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” for grownups. Four friends who bond together in childhood, each coming from a troubled past, they create a group for themselves–only does one of the women go above and beyond to take care of the others–even murder? …this book kept me coming back for more. -Night Owl Romance

LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU may by Kathy-Diane Leveille’s first novel, but if this book is any indication of her gifts both as a weaver of fascinating stories and a poet of natural expression then it will most assuredly not be her last! ….a fine debut.  -Grady Harp, Top 10 Amazon Reviewer

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