Interview with Author- Leanne Dyck

Please welcome Leanne Dyck, Author. Her love of writing is inspiring and in addition to her novel, I encourage you to check out her very creative and colorful blog.  

Thank you, Leanne!

What was the motivating factor that started you writing?

Love of story, desire to create—these motivations coupled with shyness encourage me to write.

What is your genre and who is your intended audience?

The Sweater Curse—my latest book—is a paranormal, psychological thriller with a knitting theme.

 

Blurb:  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 and 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?

Because The Sweater Curse has a knitting-theme, I thought the intended audience was knitters, but this is what non-knitters are saying…

‘Stitch by colorful stitch, Leanne Dyck knits a tale of intrigue with The Sweater Curse’ –Laurie Buchanan

‘Leanne Dyck has crafted a tale as exotic and existential as Danish author Isak Dinesen’s…

This book defies genre definitions as it finds its unique place on the fiction shelves. Here’s hoping Leanne Dyck returns many times to the intriguing roots of her family’s past.’ –Mystery author Lou Allin‘Go out and pick this one up, you’ll find yourself immersed as well.’ –Deborah Warner, reviewer for By the Book

 ‘I found it very difficult to put this book down once I started it, because the voice of lovely Gwen Bjarnson, already dead at the start of the book, drew me in immediately.’ –Holly Cookson-Robinson

What are you currently writing?

 My work in progress includes…

A Long Way From Her

(55, 000 word novel)

The year is 1983. Nineteen-year-old Lyndi Wimpel has graduated from high school. It’s time for her to leave home but her Mom doesn’t want her to and Lyndi doesn’t think she can. She’s dyslexic and considers herself stupid. But when Lyndi joins Katimavik (a government-run youth group for participants 17 to 21 years old) she learns she is capable of more than she—or her parents—ever dreamed.

Based on a true story.

 Beau the Cat

(700 word picture book)

Beau and his human Amy Sue are good friends. In fact, they spend all their time together. There is only one exception—nighttime. Each night, while Amy Sue sleeps, Beau leaves her to travel to a world alive with hooting owls and barking dogs. What Beau does one spectacular night will captivate you. It may even make you giggle. 

My Life in Purl and Plain

(non-fiction knitting book)

Knitting has carried me through the peeks and valleys of my life—from my struggles in school, to falling in love, to my mom’s death, to redefining my life. My Life in Purl and Plain is a tribute to the craft in vignettes, essays, patterns and techniques. 

I’m also working on the sequel to The Sweater Curse as well as a collection of short stories. 

How do you make time to write? 

Frankly, the question should be how do I make time to clean the house and eat. : ) Writing is my main focus. 

What inspires you to write? 

I’m inspired by what I’ve seen, felt, heard, overheard, experienced and dreamed. The world sings with inspiration. What I need is a quite place that gives me time to collect, distil and transform it into ink on paper. 

What would you have done differently in your writing life, if anything at all? 

Oh, yes, I can play the “should-have” game. I should have taken more pride in my early attempts at writing. I should have started submitting my stories to publications early. I should have filed completed stories and story ideas away for fuel for my creative fire. I often play the “should-have” game, but then I realize that everything I’ve done so far has gotten me to this place—and right here, right now is the best place to be. 

Tell us about your marketing strategy. 

I invest time and effect to build my social network. I’m on twitter (lustful graces) and I have a blog (http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com). New posts are added to my blog five times a week. Each day has a theme:  Monday—knitting, Tuesday—writing, Wednesday—reading, Thursday—island life and other things of importance. Every Friday I host a professional in the publishing industry.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those generous people who’ve visited my blog, shared their stories and inspired others. People like you, Theresa. 

I also enjoy attending writing events. Thanks to the couching of other authors, I now remember to bring my business card and challenge myself to network with at least three people. 

My marketing strategy is to build community both in the real and cyber worlds. 

Does your spiritual life influence your writing? If so, how? 

Yes, it does. It inspires, motivates, and buoys me up. 

What’s your literary community burning desire? 

My literary desires are three-fold. They are, in brief, to continue to network with publishing industry professionals; to find a good home for my latest manuscripts; and to continue to write as I enjoy the now. 

Thank you for interviewing me, Theresa.

 Author links:

Twitter ID:  lustful graces

Web site:  www.leannedyck.com

Blog:  http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Interview with Author- Leanne Dyck

  1. Thank you for inviting me here today, Theresa.
    Just a quick update…
    Sadly, My Life in Purl and Plain has been abandoned. I still would like to combine my knitting-themed writing—patterns, prose, and poetry—into a manuscript. The challenge is finding a framework that works. Please wish me luck with that.

    1. Thanks for the update, Leanne. I do hope that you find a framework for that. I needlepoint and crochet and the weaving of threads, yarns and words has become a blueprint for my creativity.

        1. Once before writing came along I knitted sweaters all year for Christmas gifts. I do understand the fascination. Thanks for this post and I took a long look at your blog, too. Beautiful and fun.

  2. What a clever premise: knitting your way, literally and metaphorically, out of Purgatory! Hmm. I think you’ve improved on Homer’s Penelope. She just wove and waited for her hubby to come home.

  3. Good interview. I especially enjoyed reading that writing is Leanne’s “main focus” and everything else comes second. I’ve learned the hard way that, if a writer wants to succeed, she must make writing (and marketing) her #1 priority!

  4. Hi, Leanne, we met at the recent WU workshop in Victoria–the one on social media. I just visited your blog and found you here. 🙂 Great interview! I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding that “good home” for your manuscripts.

    Sometimes it’s difficult, as a writer, to accept that marketing is now such a big part of the publishing business but like it or not, we ignore it at our peril. You’re spot on with that!

    May the words flow,
    EC

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