Thanks to all: Launch, World Vision and Alice Munro

SAM_1851bI’d like to thank everyone who attended the launch of my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw” (Tightrope Books) and to all the organizers of the FogLit Book Festival.  It was so nice to look out during my reading and see all the familiar faces: fellow writers, retreat attendees, neighbors, friend’s from St. David’s United church, readers and books lovers who enjoy long lunches discussing what’s currently on the shelf.

Part of the proceeds from each book sold is going towards World Vision’s Trauma Recovery Centers for victims of child trafficking. The strength behind WV is that they are already on the ground and have established trust on SAM_1860a grass roots level in many communities. The shelters offer counselling, education and training in new skills.  They advocate for children’s rights and the implementation of child protection laws.  Thanks for your support! I will let everyone know what the tally is when I send in my first donation at year’s end.

I have a number of book signings coming up and if you are around, drop by and say hello:

1-3, Saturday October 12- Coles McAllister mall

SAM_185512-2pm, Saturday October 19 – Indigo Saint John

12-2, Friday October 25 – Westminster Books Fredericton

12-2pm, Saturday October 26 – Chapters Fredericton

12-2pm, Saturday November 2 – Chapters Moncton

SAM_187612-2, Friday Nov 8 – Coles Brunswick Square, Saint John

 You can enter a draw to win a gift certificate at Element 5 day spa. The draw will be November 15th.

Finally, wonderful news regarding one of my favorite Canadian authors: the legendary Alice Munro. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature!  In an industry where the novel dominates, she has remained one of the greatest living short story artists with the prizes and awards to prove it. She’s inspired many to tackle that SAM_1866 form, including me.  I never would have tackled “Roads Unravelling” without her inspirational prose to convey the powerful stories of ordinary people. I heard that she has said, being in her 80s, it’s time to set her writing aside. I hope that isn’t true. Congratulations to Alice Munro!  So very, very well deserved.

“Leveille has set her story in a bygone place and time so vividly evoked the reader is transported…” -Trudy Morgan-Cole, Author of  That Forgetful Shore

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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

Standing in the Whale’s Jaw

Whales Jaw - 5.5x8.5 COVER.inddI love the cover of my new novel “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw.”  It’s finally ready and will be available in a few weeks, but you can preorder it on Amazon or Indigo.  I have had a great time working with Tightrope Books (Toronto) to bring it all together.  They are a hard working bunch. It is always amazing to me that one tiny flash of inspiration can grow into a full-fledged book by putting pen to paper day after day. In the beginning the vision is fleeting and trying to nail it to the page is like trying to catch a wisp of floating pollen.  I have to remember that if I just show up, sooner or later it’s bound to land on me.  It’s astonishing to hold a finished book in your hand. My ego is always tempted to take all the credit, but the truth is, something much bigger collaborates with my efforts to turn the scribbles into a shining story; or tries to–depiste the fact that I keep getting in the way. I’m grateful for the mystery.

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. Elsa’s father enters the TB sanitarium and she’s forced to live on her grandparents’ farm. 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, teams up with Inspector Gerard of the Saint John Police and Elsa is left teetering between risk and danger, silence and disclosure, trust and fear.

Stay tuned for details on the launch, signings and all the fun stuff.

Happy reading,

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 thoroughly enjoyable read, it’s a rollicking ride with many surprises along the way.” -Linda Little Author of Scotch River

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Plotter or Pantser?

write7This week Shaun Smith invited me on Open Book Ontario.  He throws out a question on Fiction Craft to authors:

There’s an old question that nicely sums up the plotting challenge: Are you a plotter or a pantser? Meaning, do you plot out your fiction before you begin, or do you fly by the seat of your pants and plot as you write. This month in Fiction Craft, I asked a handful of authors to tell me how they tackle plotting.

The method of plotting a writer uses can be as unique as a fingerprint. Check out Fiction Craft to see how authors James Bartleman, Lauren B. Davis, Janet Gurtler, S.P. Hozy, Claire Mulligan, and Cathie Pelletier work. Oh yeah, and yours truly.

Happy Plotting!

Kathy-Diane

 

Italy was fantastic!

SAM_1168Italy was wonderful!  Sorrento where we were based is a small town on the southern coast. Olive, orange, lemon, nut and fig groves terraced the hillsides. The brilliant lemons and oranges were hanging from the trees and the magnolias and roses were blooming. Locals were often wearing winter jackets (12-17 degrees) which we found amusing. We explored the southern coast and then took the local ferries, hydrofoil and trains to Capri, Naples, Rome, Florence and Venice. We were in Rome when the white smoke came out of the chimney and were 150 feet away from the balcony when Papa Francesco Primo came out on the balcony and received his blessing. We found it incredibly moving with people from all over the world chanting, praying and singing.

While the south of Italy was more family and community oriented, Naples was like Toronto with lots of laundry and noise, Rome was cosmopolitan with the Tiber River running through, Florence was rich with ancient art in all forms (music, sculpture, architecture, paintings) and Venice, as pictured,  was absolutely unique.

The food was incredible, the people friendly and the history amazing. I filled two journals with my scribbles.

The only drawback is that pizza will never taste the same!

Still it is good to be home and writing again. Working with Tightrope on the cover for “Standing in the Whale’s Jaw.” It’s off to the copy editor. Ciao!

Kathy-Diane

 

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.

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….

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