My writing has been published in Island Writer, Kaleidoscope, Canadian Stories, Icelandic Connection and Island Gals magazines. Follow my author journey by visiting my blog http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com
My writing has been published in the following
Knit Together (2003, 2007)
A Needle Pulling Thread (2008)
Island Writer (winter, 2009, summer, 2010)
Kaleidoscope (winter/spring 2011)
Canadian Stories (December, 2012)
Icelandic Connection (Volume 65, No. 3 (2013) )
Island Gals (Volume 3, Issue 2 (2013) )
Flavours of Vancouver: Dishes from Around the World (2005)
Knitting Notes: A Journal of Knitting Memories (2006)
Manitoba Child Care Association (1992)
The Islands Independent (2008, 2009)
To read my writing, please visit: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.ca/p/work-in-progress.html
I'm actively building my author platform.
My blog (http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com) has over 185,000 page views (since October 10, 2010).
Over 1,600 people follow me on Google Plus.
I'm a member of the
Crime Writers of Canada ( http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/bios/members-lists/505-dyck-leanne)
the Federation of BC Writers
and a writing circle on Mayne Island
I enjoy doing author readings and participating in panel discussions.
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This short story was first published in the Island Gal magazine...
What am I going to do now? That question had been dogging me for months. The years after my mother’s death had been ones of transition. My husband and I had moved from the urban mainland to a rural island. On the island, I opened a craft supply store only to close it two years later. My experiences there had led me to a new career—knitwear design. But it hadn’t been as easy to establish a career in knitting as I’d hoped.
All through my life knitting and writing had been the two constants—my two passions. I’d tried knitting. Now I knew the days were numbered on that career. It was going nowhere.
I have to close the business, I told myself. And do… And do what?
I climbed out of the truck and followed my husband past the rows of vehicles, up the stairs and to the passenger deck. We claimed one of the last available benches.
Maybe if I write about it the answer will come to me? This strategy had worked in the past. I pulled a pen and my journal out of my purse. I wrote about the weather, the ferry and what we where going to do on the mainland. Then I wrote: maybe I could be a writer. I quickly added a series of buts—but I have dyslexia; but I don’t know how: but I don’t know any authors.
Me become a writer. It sounded so silly in my head. But maybe it wouldn’t sound that silly if I said it out loud.
“I want to be a writer,” I told my husband.
“What do you mean you want to be,” he said. “I find your writing all over the house. You are a writer. You do write.”
“No, I mean for a living. Be an author. But I have no idea how to do that. And me? An author? It’s too… It’s too si—“
The woman who was sitting on the bench in front of ours, turned around. “Pardon me,” she said. “I don’t mean to eavesdrop. But I heard you say you wanted to be a writer.”
I blushed but nodded.
“I’m an author.” She gave me her name and told me about her books. “And there’s only one way to be an author.”
I was hanging on her every word. I wanted so badly to know the secret. So I asked. “How?”
She fixed me in a soft, friendly gaze. Smiled. And said. “It’s not as hard as you think, you know. To be an author, you need to write. So write.”
Work In Progress
A Long Way From Her
(approximately 55,000 words)
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 go and Lyndi doesn't think she can because she's dyslexic. When her dad demands that she get a job, Lyndi joins a youth group. Despite her parents' protests, Lyndi sets out on her adventure. The places she visits, the people she meets and the experiences she has shape and transforms her. And Lyndi learns that she's capable of more than she--or her parents--ever dreamed.
Based on a true story. The plot is loosely hung on real life events. All characters are fictional.
The Sweater Curse
(knitting-themed dark thriller)
(approximately 65,000 words)
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?
Knitter Aster Walburn is stuck in a living Purgatory. Only one question haunts her--why did her husband leave? To find the answer, she must examine her married life and journey through her past.
Her, She, I
(short story collection)
(approximately 20,000 words)
A collection of women's fiction. All the stories in this collection have an air of mystery.
All Alone In Her Head
(novel in short stories)
(approximately 50,000 words)
Sequel to Along Way From Her
All Alone In Her Head traces Lyndi Wimpel's journey as she grows from a learning disabled child struggling to understand life armed only with her imagination to a woman deeply in love with the life she finds both inside and outside her head.
Knitting Words Into Yarns
(short story collection)
(approximately 29,000 words)
A short story collection of knitting-inspired writing.
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My Author Journey Thursday: reading, studying, writing, submitting, networking,
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Monday (December 1)
We deserve to be served
Thursday (December 5)
Authors: Dealing with Negative Reviews
Friday (December 6)
Interview with thriller author Brock W.D. Clayards
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