Hi There! I’m Joan Leacott from Toronto, Canada and I’ve come for coffee and conversation. I brought a pumpkin spice cake I thought you might enjoy. Do you take cream or sugar?
My recently released novel, Sight for Sore Eyes, is the second in my Clarence Bay Chronicles. Here’s the blurb.
Love isn’t blind; it’s just near-sighted.
Emma Finn once dreamed of being a photographer, capturing exotic landscapes and poignant vistas. Then a series of tragedies tore her life apart. All she craves now is stability—reliable, boring, safe.
Ophthalmologist Asher Stockdale left big city life when his ex-wife took his young son away. When he met Emma, he pictured her as the centre of his new life in Clarence Bay. So why is he encouraging her to resurrect her old dream and go gallivanting around the globe? Dare he ask her to stay?
If Emma goes to India, will she be able to heal, or will she regret her choice?
Carpenter ants, a rescued Pirate, and a pair of scheming seniors help Emma and Asher to see what really lies before their eyes.
I’ve begun plotting the third book in the Clarence Bay Chronicles. LeeAnn's wedding is only 3 days away when an ice storm knocks out the power in the entire town of Clarence Bay. How will LeeAnn and her friends manage the perfect wedding when home freezes over? (Coming Fall 2014)
When and where do you do your best writing?
Every summer, my husband and I migrate north to our cottage on the shores of Georgian Bay, not too far from the real Clarence Bay. I leave behind my busy winter schedule of fitness, piano lessons, and lunches with my friends. The long slow days are when I sit quietly at my desk and put a lot of words on the page. Except when my friends come to stay. Then we eat, drink, and talk writing. Which is all good, too. J
What is your earliest book-related memory?
The library in my mid-sized hometown was an old municipal building with a formal façade of limestone stairs and columns beneath a triangular portico. The front doors were so heavy that my dad had to open them for Mom and me. The fiction section was down creaky stairs and into the basement. The adult book stacks ringed the sides. A carved stand proudly held a massive dictionary. The children’s area was in the centre of the adult area, surrounded by benches and screens. Clever planning, eh? The book I remember reading first is Harold and his Purple Crayon by Crockett Jones. I’m thrilled that Harold and his adventures are still available.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
When my sister-in-law Janet bought a print copy of my debut novel, I really thought she was just being kind and would never actually read the story. At the next family gathering, Janet complimented me in front of the entire group of eighteen, saying how impressed she was and that she’d gotten a real sense of place and people from the book. Her support is wonderful in that romance isn’t her thing. Another convert. Yes!
What genre do you write in, and why did you choose that one in particular?
Romantic women’s fiction set in contemporary small-town Canada. I love a twisty romantic plot that challenges my main characters to grow beyond their current selves, and a romance for my secondary characters. My stories are told with a touch of humour, a touch of heat, and lots of heart.
What genre would you like to write in that you haven’t tried yet? What is the draw?
I’m a fan of PBS and their British imports, especially the mysteries like Midsomer Murder and Father Brown. So I’d love to try a cozy mystery set in my town of Clarence Bay. My character Melody is tired of working on the Hatch, Match, and Dispatch column of the Clarence Bay Beacon. She wants to prove she’s a real reporter and can handle a tough investigation. Does that sound interesting to you? Should I give Melody a chance?
Thanks for dropping in. What should I make for you next time?
Chocolate chip cookies would be great-I'll bring the milk!
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