My guest today is Leanne Dyck, author and blogger (http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com/). I’m so glad you could drop by, Leanne. Grab a cup of piping hot cyber coffee and your favorite calorie laden treat (that miraculously has NO calories in my little corner of cyberspace!) and get comfy.
Wonderful. Let’s talk writing!
Anne - Tell us a something about yourself that you would normally only share with close friends.
Leanne - I hate talking on the phone. I want to keep in touch with you—I do. So, please correspond with me by email, letter or carrier pigeon.
Anne – Carrier pigeon?! Thank goodness I use email to chat with you. J (Less of a mess!) When did you first realize you were destined to be an author?
Leanne - I realized I wanted to be an author in my teens. However, instead of pursuing this goal, I built an ever-growing list of reasons why I could never fulfill this dream.
In an attempt to attract surfers to my knitwear design website, I began featuring short stories on my blog. I got more hits from these stories than any other post. Even though, I didn’t know I was an author, my readers did.
Anne – Tell us about your most recent release. (Title and story blurb.)
Leanne - The Sweater Curse - Aspiring knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong. But which wrong? Young in love, she works to establish her career, except fate has different plans. One rash act and she loses everything. Never resting, always seeking, and yearning for what she can no longer have. Gwen faces the truth: if she remains, others are destined to die. How will she solve the mystery before it is too late?
Anne - Is there a message in The Sweater Curse you want readers to grasp?
Leanne - Yes. Please help me destroy the knitter stereotype.
Anne - What one how-to write book is a must on your bookshelf? Why?
Leanne - Stephen King’s book On Writing because it is a cure for my writer’s block.
Anne – It’s one of my favorites as well. Describe your home office as appears right now. Is this a good or bad thing?!
Leanne - I don’t write in an office--that’s a bad thing. I do write on an antique solid oak secretary desk--that’s a good thing. The desk faces feature windows that give me an ever-changing vista of my island home--that’s a good thing. My cats think the desk belongs to them--that’s a bad thing.
Anne – LOL. Cats always seem to find a computer keyboard incredibly comfortable while we’re trying to write, don’t they? Do you belong to any writer’s organizations, critique groups, and/or depend on beta readers?
Leanne - I’m a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, the Victoria Writers’ Society and the Mayne Island Writers’ Group.
Anne - What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Leanne – Marketing and writing the synopsis.
Anne – I hear you! Both are energy suckers, yet necessary. What makes you cry? Laugh? Lose your temper?
Leanne - Cry: a gesture of love, touching memories. Laugh: talented stand-up comedians. Lose my temper: narrow minded opinions openly shared.
Anne - Any words of advice for struggling, unpublished writers?
Leanne - Make a daily commitment to write, read and promote your business. Believe in the validity and power of your words.
Anne – Thanks for dropping by, Leanne. It’s been great fun and I wish you every success with The Sweater Curse.
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