Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Saige's Stage - Interview with Leanne Dyck

Saige:  This week I would like to welcome Leanne Dyck to Saige’s Stage.  She is the author of The Sweater Curse.  So, Leanne, how long did it take you to write The Sweater Curse from the time the idea was conceived?

Leanne:  The Sweater Curse took five years to write. I was writing other things during that time—both large and small projects--, but I kept coming back to this story.

S:  Who was the first person you told when you found out you would be getting published?

L:  My husband.

S:  What was the number one inspiration behind writing The Sweater Curse?

L:  There were many inspirations including giving voice to a culture I cherish, but my number one inspiration was to expand the body of knitting-themed literature to include one of my favourite genres—thrillers. 

S:  As a reader, what genre do you prefer to read?

L:  I don’t follow authors or genres—I follow story. That said, in my early teens I was a devoted Agatha Christie fan. Agatha led me to Steven King and John Grisham. Last October I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Girl Who Played with Fire.

S:  What advice can you give to aspiring authors?

L:  Make a daily comment to write, to read and to promote your business, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, share your writing with those who will appreciate it, and keep writing fun.

S:  That’s great advice.  I’ve heard a lot of authors say to make a commitment to write every day and I’ve actually used that one for myself.

Well, thank you for joining us this week, Leanne!  I hope to have you back sometime.


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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?


This isn’t Heaven. It isn’t Hell. And I’m not alive.
Picture this: a bus stop, tons of people packed into the same small space, all waiting to continue their journey. Many buses stop here. Some passengers get off, others get on. Young children with sickly white complexions huddle together in the shelter. Teenagers with rope burns around their necks get off the bus. Old men with bullet holes climb on.
Throughout this confusion, the only constant is me. I remain alone.
I don’t know, but I must find the reason. I must examine my life to discover the momentary lapse. The wrong I’ve committed. The task I’ve neglected. It’s my only means of escape.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for interviewing. I had tons of fun. And I'd love to visit again.