Saturday, February 19, 2011

Welcome Leanne Dyck

As part of the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour, Veronica’s Tales is pleased to welcome author Leanne Dyck and Jaron Cardew, hero of The Sweater Curse.

What is The Sweater Curse about?
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?

Leanne kindly provided with an excerpt for this intriguing book:
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.

And now . . .

Hello. My name is Jaron Cardew and I’m pleased to be here today.

What did you think the first time you saw Gwen? I was impressed by her intellect and by her obvious talent as a designer.

What was your second thought? She was an attractive woman and I’m a man—need I say more (grins)

Did you think it was love at first sight? Love at first sight? Yes, I think so.

What do you miss most about Gwen? Everything. How she looked that night we meet. Her devotion to her craft. Her voice, her touch, her scent—her.

How would you describe her? She was a captivating personality, an astonishing intellect housed in a beautiful body. But, that body—how ever beautiful—was just a shell. It wasn’t her. She’s still here, with me. She’s in the chill of the first spring day, in a single raindrop, and in the scent of a rose.

How would she describe you? I like to think she would describe me as her friend, her confidant, her lover.

What made you choose writing as a profession? Writing is part of me—something I have to do like breathing.

What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear… It’s already happened… Losing Gwen.

How do you relax? I begin each day with an hour of meditation. It not only relaxes me, but also restores my energy and centers me. Or, at least, it did, before…

What is the best piece of advice you’d like to share? Treasure your loved ones and keep them safe. Let them know how much you love them every single day.

For Leanne: What books or movies have had an impact on your writing?
Steven Kings On Writing and Nancy Lamb’s The Art and Craft of Storytelling have helped me develop my writing skills.

To learn more about The Sweater Curse, please visit:

Thank you for spending time with us today, Leanne. Your story sounds fascinating and much different than the usual romance.


Maureen said...

Quite an intriguing little snippet there, Leanne!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher's Place to Reflect said...

Great interview, Leanne. I loved Jaron,s advice section.

Shiela Stewart said...

Love the interview!! Great job!