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St. Lazare ‘resident at heart’ pens historical fiction novel


PHOTO COURTESY LEAH LINDEMAN

Dividing her time between St. Lazare and Bainsville, Ontario, Leah Lindeman found time between raising three children to write a historical fiction novel based around the 1917 Halifax explosion.

Ask Leah Lindeman where she lives and she’ll tell you that half her life is in Bainsville, Ontario and the other half is in St. Lazare, Quebec. Ask her what she does and she’ll tell you that she’s a mother and a writer—two professions which involve nurturing, cultivation and care.

Lindeman, however, compares writing to making homemade buttermilk.

“A writer has so many wonderful ideas floating around. But he scrambles them and cooks up a storm in his mind to figure out what he could make out of the throng… after figuring out what works and what doesn’t, he pours out all the unnecessary ideas, leaving a mass of goo to flesh out… And once he’s done, he gets a book or article, (or edible butter).”

Lindeman has spent the last five years raising her three children and writing her book, Redeemed from the Ashes, a historical-fiction novel based around the 1917 Halifax explosion following a maritime collision of a munitions’ ship.

The story follows Evelyn Richardson as she recovers from her injuries and tries to find her missing husband. In the midst of her search, she encounters a doctor who begins to weaken her resolve towards finding her husband. Trapped between the past and possible future, Evelyn must decide if she will move forward with her life or keep standing still while life passes her by.

The idea for this novel first took root while Lindeman was completing an assignment for her studies at the Institute of Children’s Literature. The story slowly grew over the years as she found time to write in between diaper changes and feedings.

Once the book was complete it underwent several rounds of editing before it became a finished product. She had several impartial readers give her feedback, and hired professional editors to help her fine-tune her work.

Meanwhile, she began educating herself on the process of self-publishing, seeking advice from friends and doing internet research. Her goal is to get her book into as many readers’ laps as possible. In pursuing this goal, she’s created a video trailer for her book and has made the book available on multiple websites.

The books are also available in several local bookstores in Bainsville and Leah is hoping to get it on the shelves at the Chapters in Pointe-Claire.

You can find digital and print copies of her book on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Kobo books, Createspace.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Scribd.com, Inktera.com, 24symbols.com and through iBook’s.

Lindeman will also be hosting a launch party for her novel in Hudson on June 4 at the St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road. For more information, visit Leah’s website at https://leahlindeman.wordpress.com.

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