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

 

 

 

 

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Congrats to GoodReads Winners!

girl4 Congrats to the GoodReads winners of the draw for an autographed copy of my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw.”  Fifteen-year-old  Elsa Byrd is on the verge of becoming a woman in the summer of 1935. In a world run by men, it could be more of a curse  than a blessing. She stumbles upon a stranger hiding in the barn and decides not to tell a soul. When a dead girl is discovered floating in a dory, it quickly shifts from the kind of secret Elsa wants to hug close, to the kind she doesn’t dare let out. Her mentor,  Lavinia Twigg, joins the police investigation and Elsa is left teetering between risk and danger, silence and disclosure, trust and fear.

The winners are:

Heather C.

Ava W.

Alicia H.

Julianna P.

Mary H.

Adelynne C.

Amy J.

Lindsey E.

Helen W.

If you live in Canada you should receive it this week. UK and US residents may not find it in their mailboxes until next week. Hope you enjoy it! I just found out it’s landed on the bestseller list on the Saint John Telegraph Journal. Woohoo!

Kathy-Diane

“Standing in the Whale’s Jaw is a swirling, twisting tale of intrigue. Two bright and daring young women weave through a cast of characters… to solve one great mystery and open their minds to a greater one.  A rollicking ride with many surprises along the way.” -Linda Little author of Scotch River

 

 

TWUC Short Story Competition

Polish that short story you’ve been scribbling away at.  This is an excellent competition to enter for feedback.  I have helped judge the early rounds in years past.  Be brave….and good luck! Kathy-Diane

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

20th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until March 1, 2013 for the 20th Annual Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of up to 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or non-fiction, written by an unpublished author.

 PRIZE

$2,500 for the winning entry, and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.

JURY

Writers Ami McKay, Rosemary Nixon, and Mark A. Rayner will serve as the jury.

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or non-fiction is eligible.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

·         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.

·         Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.

·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, email address, word count, and number of pages of entry.

·         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.

·         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $29 per entry.

·         Entries must be postmarked by March 1, 2013 to be eligible.

·         Mail entries to: SPC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200 , Toronto , ON M5C 1P1 .

 

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2013. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Congrats sent to Granada!

Congratulations to Maureen St. Clair, who is part of my Artist Circle doing Julia Cameron’s book “Finding Water” by e-mail this winter. She won a copy of ROADS UNRAVELLING in my Spring newsletter draw.  Maureen is a writer, painter and activist. The picture featured here is one of her prints. I asked her to send a few word along about her work. She writes:

“Recently a friend of mine described my Art Work as Heart Work and it made me think more seriously of why I do what I do: paint people celebrating their lives, their selves. My Grenada family, friends, and community are the foundation of my Heart work. They have taught me hope, strength, resilience, courage and resourcefulness in the face of life’s difficult moments. I have learned and continue to learn the fine balance between hope and despair and the power of music, dance, storytelling, poetry, and laughter in healing, transforming and revolutionizing.

I left Canada in 1993 and since then have made Grenada my home. I met my life partner Theo soon after arriving in Grenada and in 2001 we planted our own roots with the birth of our daughter Maya.

I freelance part time as a community facilitator and work full time as an artist and peace educator. I am also passionate about writing and would like to use this passion to further my work as a peace activist.  You can experience my work as writer, artist and community peace worker at http://maureenstclair.blogspot.com/.”

Congrats Maureen. Hope you enjoy the copy of “Roads Unravelling” and it inspires you to finish your short story collection.

“Dive into these stories, let their current take you. New Brunswick’s Kennebecasis is to Kathy-Diane Leveille what the Miramichi is to David Adams Richards—a harsh and lovely riverscape of the soul. Leveille’s writing sings of heartbreak and redemption, and the wicked dancing moments in-between.  A wise and stirring debut.”  Carol Bruneau author of Purple for Sky

TWUC 12th Annual Postcard Story Competition

Congratulations to Darcy, a fan on GoodReads, who won a copy of “LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU” in the draw for the winter newsletter.  All the fans on GoodReads are entered into the quarterly prize draws.  Hope you enjoy the read, Darcy.  If you missed my newsletter, you may have missed the announcement about this Postcard Story Competion from The Writers’ Union of Canada.  It’s an excellent opportunity. I won one year and it was subsequently published in the literary journal “Grain.”  Good luck!

 12th ANNUAL POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION

$500 PRIZE

 The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until February 14, 2011, for the 2011 POSTCARD STORY COMPETITION. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of 250 words or less in the English language, fiction or nonfiction. Are you up for the challenge? Can you create a dynamic, lean, and efficient piece in only 250 words? You can use humour, poetry, dialogue… anything goes!

PRIZE

$500 for the winning entry. The winning entry will be published in Write, the magazine of The Writers’ Union of Canada. The winner agrees that The Writers’ Union of Canada will have non-exclusive publication rights to publish the winning entry in Write for publicity purposes. Any publication of the author’s story by The Writers’ Union of Canada will include an authorship credit and a copyright notice in the name of the author. Copyright of the winning postcard story remains with the writer.

JURY

Ray Hsu, Samuel Thomas Martin, and Edeet Ravel will serve as the jury.

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants. Original and unpublished

(English language) fiction or nonfiction, no more than 250 words.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

·         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve-point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.

·         Submissions will be accepted in hardcopy only.

·         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry.

·         The author’s name should not appear on the actual entry.

·         Make cheque or money order, $5 per submission, payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order.

·         Entries must be postmarked by February 14, 2011 to be eligible.

·         Mail entries to: PCS Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca in May 2011. Manuscripts will not be returned.

“LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU 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

Who do you write like?

Congratulations to Mary Fulton who won a $25.00 gift certificate to Chapters/Indigo/Coles in the draw for my fall newsletter that went out today.  Everyone who subscribes is eligible.  Mary is coming to the retreat at the end of the month and I’m looking forward to hearing her poetry.  For those of you who aren’t subscribers, here’s something I talked about in this issue that you might find interesting:

WRITING TIP:  

Check out this great web site “I Write Like” passed on by author, Linda Hall, in Fredericton. Just cut and paste a chunk of your own writing into the window, click “Analyze” and it will tell you who you write like. It analyzes your word choice and writing style and compares them to those of famous writers.

I WRITE LIKE

I inserted an exerpt from LET THE SHADOWS FALL BEHIND YOU: 

“Do you regret falling in love?  I mean, really falling in love.”  Tish’s expression was open and honest, washed clean of the pretence that came with their initial awkwardness together, born of the need to appear carefree and happy after all these years, and not a failure, never that, heaven forbid, no matter what the cost.  Brannagh envied Tish’s quick child-like flow of hot tears.  She had always been able to boil over at the drop of a hat, spilling everything out in an illogical mish-mash, then basking in a clean glow afterwards.   “It’s kind of like jumping off a cliff, isn’t it?”  Tish ventured, eyes shining.  “Without looking down.”

Brannagh’s ability to express her emotions was something else entirely.  She had learned, from living in the house on Argyle, to compartmentalize everything.   Her feelings were relegated to the distant third floor, behind closed doors, and thumps, and bumps, and meandering shadow-filled halls.

Brannagh attempted to smile, then gave up.  She reached into the top cupboard for the tin of tea bags.  “No, I don’t regret falling in love.”   She dropped two teabags into the pot, and filled it with hot water.  “What I regret,” she finished coldly, “is not falling out.”

According to “I WRITE LIKE,” I write like Charles Dickens.  

Kathy-Diane 

“Leveille has the ability to write convincingly and with precise delicate strokes that reveal nuance and shadings of character that are very satisfying.” – The New Brunswick Reader

Writers’ Union of Canada Competition

The Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition is an excellent way to sharpen your skills if you aren’t yet published.  I entered many times and appreciated the excellent feedback and encouragement whenever I placed.  I have since judged and it is a pleasure to read the upcoming talent and recognize the names of new writers who go onto the literary success. Here are the details: 

WRITERS’ UNION OF CANADA CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

18th Annual Short Prose Competition

for Developing Writers

$2,500 PRIZE

 The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce that submissions are being accepted until November 10, 2010 for the 18TH ANNUAL SHORT PROSE COMPETITION FOR DEVELOPING WRITERS. The winning entry will be the best Canadian work of 2,500 words in the English language, fiction or nonfiction, written by an unpublished author.

PRIZE

$2,500 for the winning entry and the entries of the winner and finalists will be submitted to three Canadian magazines.  

JURY

Writers Tarek Fatah, K.V. Johansen, and Sharon Pollock will serve as the jury.  

ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who have not had a book published by a commercial or university press in any genre and who do not currently have a contract with a book publisher. Original and unpublished (English language) fiction or nonfiction.  

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

  • ·                         Entries should be typed, double-spaced, in a clear twelve point font, and the pages numbered on 8.5 x 11 paper, not stapled.
  • ·                         Submissions will be accepted by hardcopy only.
  • ·                         Include a separate cover letter with title of story, full name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and number of pages of entry.
  • ·                         Please type the name of entrant and the title of entry on each numbered page. This is not a blind competition.
  • ·                         Make cheque or money order payable to The Writers’ Union of Canada. Multiple entries can be submitted together and fees can be added and paid with one cheque or money order, $25 per submission.
  • ·                         Entries must be postmarked by November 10, 2010 to be eligible. Results will be announced in February 2011.
  • ·                         Mail entries to: WFC Competition, The Writers’ Union of Canada, 90 Richmond Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5C 1P1.

Results will be posted at www.writersunion.ca. Manuscripts will not be returned.

 “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

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