On this blog, author Leanne (Willetts) Dyck reviews books, shares her short stories, offers online author readings, and comments on her author journey. Leanne writes for adults and children. Her long-term goal (five years) is to be published by a large, established publishing house. Her short goal (one year) is to earn one million page views for this blog. Please help nurture this blog by visiting and sharing.
I always wanted to write but took a different path first,
thinking I could never live my dream. But when I started to nudge my children
to "follow their dreams" I decided it was time to set an example.
How did you become an author?
I became an author through taking classes, studying,
learning from other writers and most importantly reading. I also entered a lot
of writing contests because it taught me to follow guidelines that publishers
demand. Editors are always looking for a reason to reject a writer because they
get so many submissions. I wanted to make sure that I didn't give them an
immediate reason to reject me before they read my work.
What was your first published piece?
I believe it was a short story.
Where was it published?
It appeared in a small magazine and I was paid nothing
except free copies. But I saw my name in print.
How long ago?
This was in the mid-nineties.
What did you do before embarking on your writing career?
Was it an asset to your writing? How?
I was a registered nurse but I also have a degree in
behavioral science. Both those things help me create believable characters.
What inspires you?
Any "what if" question. Anything beautiful that I
want to find words to describe. Human nature.
Please share one of your successful author platform
I have to thank the successful authors I knew before I was
published. They gave me quotes for my first book—people like Carolyn Hart and
Rick Riordan. Their quotes appeared on my covers and I know it helped launch
me. It was difficult asking for those quotes because I don't like to impose but
it was a step that proved so helpful. I don't hesitate when an editor asks me
for a cover quote now.
I have two series currently in publication but only
one I am writing now—the Cats in Trouble Mysteries with amateur sleuth and
quilter Jillian Hart as the heroine. And the little kitty quilts my heroine
makes? I've made a few myself.