Novel approach to history
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff If there were such a thing as a time machine, Leah Lindeman would probably happily step inside it.
The 26-year-old Bainsville resident has a penchant for Canadian history. She loves it so much that she’s embarked on a quest to write a historical novel based in each province and territory. Her first novel,
was about the Halifax explosion in 1917. Her second, which is fresh off the press, is
based in British Columbia during the tail end of the Cariboo Gold Rush in the middle of the 19th century.
“I love history,” she says. “I studied a lot of American and world history but never really learned a lot about Canada. I want to write books that will bring people back to the past and give them a sense of their own history.” The plot of concerns Rose Wood, a 17-yearold girl who is called by her father to come out to 108 Mile House, a community in BC. When she arrives, she discovers that her father has been murdered. Further investigation reveals he may have a gold cache somewhere. An unknown assailant then begins threatening and blackmailing Rose.
The book, which is self-published by Mrs. Lindeman’s com- pany, Lindeman Publishing House, is available at stores and as an e-book online.
The cover shows an exhausted young girl – surely the novel’s protagonist – relaxing against a tree. Mrs. Lindeman explains that the girl is a friend, Sarahi Castro of Île-Bizard, P.Q.
She thinks her next novel will take place in Yukon and will be about the Canol pipeline, which was built under the supervision of the United States Army during the Second World War. When the war ended, the army abandoned all their machinery, traces of which can still be found today.
Mrs. Lindeman says it takes her about two years to write a novel. The first draft takes about six months and the rest of the time is needed to refine it. She and her husband, James, have four young children (soon to be five), who are all home-schooled. As such, she says she takes one hour of quiet time everyday to work on her stories. “The baby sleeps and the kids play quietly in their rooms,” she says. She will hold a book signing at the Coles store in Cornwall Square March 16 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
NEW NOVEL: Leah Lindeman holds her latest novel,which is about the Cariboo Gold Rush. The Bainsville novelist dreams of writing a book inspired by the history of each of Canada’s provinces and territories.