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"When I started working on Cathedrals of Sin, my first novel and hopefully the reason you are all here reading these words, I was, quite frankly, busting at the seams to tell the story of a city and its people taken to the brink by forces completely out of their control."
Author John LeVatte, who’s recently-released debut novel is gaining a firm following with readers everywhere, says ‘Cathedrals’ will resonate with anyone who feels the day-to-day of life is creating crushing pressure which leaves nothing but feelings of hopelessness and anguish.
"I think there's something in this book for everyone. If you like action, it's there. If you like mystery, suspense and thrills, they’re there. If religious and crime drama is more your cup of tea then get yourself a copy and enjoy!"
Born in the small town of Smiths Falls, Ontario – just south of Canada’s national capital, Ottawa – John’s interest in all things writing seemed to be the something in his life he couldn’t control. In his early school days he found he had a need to write and write well, at least that was what his grade four teacher, Ms. Joynt, told him.
When he entered junior high and moved onto high school, John decided the writing life was what he wanted. So, with the support of a couple of his English teachers, he left town to study journalism at Belleville’s Loyalist College. After graduating, John began working for his hometown newspaper – the Smiths Falls Record News. After a couple of years there, John left to freelance for the daily Ottawa Citizen before returning to Carleton Place, Ontario and the rigour of weekly news reporting.
In the early 1990's, John headed back to school, enrolling in the University of Ottawa’s Communications program. He graduated in 1996 and that same year, he began working for Canada’s federal government as a media relations officer. And although he has held different government positions during the last 14 years, his passion for writing never waned.
"About two years ago I decided the story of 'Cathedrals' had bounced around in my head long enough so I began to put some of my thoughts about plot, character development and overall themes and messages into my trusty WordPerfect program.
The next 12 months were spent drafting and re-drafting pages of the book whenever there was time, usually during lunch hours, and after work and on weekends.
"For much of this time I worked on the process of reading and re-reading the 650-page manuscript. When I was satisfied with the final product, I began the fine tuning of characters, adding to the makeup of some, while minimizing the effect of others – before sending it off to editors; real professionals who could add their expertise to the project."
And the rest, as they say, is history.
While he celebrates the accomplishment of his debut e-novel release, John is busy researching historical documents in preparation for the writing of the follow-up novel to Cathedrals of Sin, tentatively titled Foundations of Sin. In addition, he has four other novels in various stages of creation...stay tuned.
John lives in Rideau Lakes Township, just outside of Smiths Falls, with his wife Crystal and their daughters Meredith and Bailey.