Following a dream
Codroy Valley author launching ebook
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.
The book cover for Shawna Troke-Leukert’s new e-book, Courage to Act.