Novel ap­proach to his­tory

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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.

STEVEN WARBURTON PHOTO

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.

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