Leanne Dyck has a supportive on-line community of over 8,500 members and her blog has recieved over 275,000 page views. Leanne is writing short story collections for adutls, a novel for young adults and picture books for children.
From 2006 to 2009, as an indie author, Leanne published a mystery (print and e-book) and a short story collection (audio book). Since 2011 , Leanne has been published in four magazines (Kaleidoscope, Canadian Stories, Icelandic Connection, Island Gals)and in four anthologies ( My Gustsy Story, From the Heart, Figures in the Mist, In the Moment ).
For Leanne's complete publishing history, visit her blog's 'publishing history' page http://authorleannedyck.blogspot.ca/
One-by-one or in small groups, parents come to take their children home from Day Care. Soon, only one charge remains. Allison swings into the cloudless mid-March sky. She starts to talk. And I think she's going to ask about her mom, but she doesn't.."Do you believe in Leprechauns?"
"Oh, yes, of course." Early that day, I read a picture book about these magical little guys. "A friend of mine is a Leprechaun," I tell her.
"Really?" Her eyes widen. "What's his name?"
"Michael O'Neal. He's the king of the Leprechauns."
"What does he look like?"
"His clothes are green, his long beard red, his leather boots black and he's as big as a minute." I measure his height with my thumb and index finger.
I nod. "You know sometimes he plays tricks on me."
"What kind of tricks?"
"He's so silly. He hides things." She giggles and I continue. "I set down my pen, my brush or my glass and then puff it's gone."
"No, he usually returns what's he's taken."
"What does he eat?"
"All things green: cucumbers, broccoli, peas, green beans."
"Hey, I like peas."
"Maybe you're a Leprechaun."
"No." She laughs. "What does he like to do?"
"Sometimes he sits on my shoulder and tells me tall tales about his long journeys to the end of the rainbow and his pot of gold."
"I'd like to meet him," she says.
"Maybe someday you will."
The iron gate makes a clicking sound. I slow the swing and Allison leaps into her mom's arms. Then, like magic, she is gone.
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Leanne Dyck invites readers and writers to join her on her "Wild" author journey. She promises to keep you entertained, informed and inspired. One new post will be available every week. Leanne writes from Mayne Island, BC, Canada.
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