Fol­low­ing a dream

Co­droy Val­ley au­thor launch­ing ebook

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CO­DROY VAL­LEY, N.L. — Shawna Troke-Leuk­ert is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to fol­low their dreams while she makes her own come true.

Troke-Leuk­ert, who now lives in the Co­droy Val­ley, N.L., has just re­leased her se­cond novel on ebook re­tailer Kobo. Courage to Act, a crime novel set in the au­thor’s home­town in Cape Bre­ton, is avail­able on­line for down­loads to com­put­ers and phones.

“This story is part mys­tery and partly fol­low your dreams. The main char­ac­ter, Jil­lian, is fol­low­ing her big dream to make it as an ac­tress. She’s tak­ing act­ing lessons when she is un­fairly ac­cused of a crime,” Troke-Leuk­ert said. “The main theme of the story is that it takes courage to fol­low your heart and to do the right thing.”

The story fol­lows Jil­lian as she tries to clear her name and pur­sue her act­ing ca­reer de­spite set­backs, dis­ap­point­ments and tragedy.

Troke-Leuk­ert says she chose Gray Street, Syd­ney, where she grew up, as the set­ting of the novel.

“I first be­came in­ter­ested in writ­ing when I was nine years old, my teacher en­cour­aged me to pur­sue it,” she said. “I re­ally en­joyed it, but I wasn’t pub­lished un­til I was 40.”

She added that she ran a cou­ple of busi­nesses un­til a health cri­sis in her 30s re­minded her of how quickly life can change.

“I was on the op­er­at­ing table and I thought, is this it?” she said. “I re­mem­bered how much I wanted to write and that I never made much of it. I gave up the busi­ness and turned to writ­ing full time.”

Since then, her work has ap­peared in vol­umes of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Cape Bre­ton’s Christ­mas books and in sea­sonal an­tholo­gies pub­lished by Po­lar Ex­pres­sions Pub­lish­ing. Her first ebook, Cat in Our Base­ment, is in­tended for chil­dren who can read on their own or for adults who en­joy pet sto­ries.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The book cover for Shawna Troke-Leuk­ert’s new e-book, Courage to Act.

Shawna Troke-Leuk­ert

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