Interview with Deborah Leitch

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first published story I ever wrote was called: "And Last of all- Hope" It was published in the Canadian Journal of Nursing in 1985. This journal is a professional nursing journal and my story was true. I shared the story of a brave nine year old girl who I cared for in the pediatric intensive care unit in Calgary Children's Hospital. When she arrived in our unit she was ventilated and comatose. She was destined to die. A simple tooth infection had spread throughout her body and because of a genetic cardiac valve defect, she developed blood clots that led to a stroke. Over a period of three months she developed further complications and was in extreme pain and agitation. She never woke up and every treatment and movement irritated her inflamed central nervous system. She would cry in pain and writher in agitation. My heart cried for her. Her family stayed by her side day and night. They held her and prayed. After an ethics review, the medical team made a decision to remove life support. We were all in agreement. There was no way this child could recover or return to a normal life. Her family exhausted, agreed, but continued to pray for a miracle. When the ventilator was discontinued we expected her to die. She didn't. This little girl, proved us all wrong. She rallied and went on to not only recover and be discharged from first the ICU and then the pediatric rehab unit, she returned to school and a normal life. I will never forget this little girl and her family, but most importantly I will never forget that the decision for life or death does not rest with man alone. Caring for this little girl and her family changed me and my life. She is and always will be my argument against euthanasia.
What is your writing process?
I am an early morning riser. Up at 5 am, coffee in hand and in my favorite chair with laptop in place, I let the creative juices flow! I usually start with an idea or an underlying message that I want to convey to my readers and then think of characters and a plot that will showcase that message. I develop an outline, but must admit once my characters take shape, the outline becomes more of a guide as I let the characters take the story where it needs to go! (I think I must have a writing muse!)
How do you approach cover design?
I try to have the cover depict what I think is most intriguing about the story and support the title. I also love to dabble in Photoshop so it helps me to manipulate and merge images to create what I hope is enticing to the reader. In "Heaven's Gate", I merged a picture of a waterfall (Mullen Stream Falls where the story takes place) with a barely visible doorway at the bottom of the falls- suggesting that the waterfalls holds a secret passage to Heaven. Did it work?
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything. But I am mostly drawn to authors like Dean Koontz. Lots of action, underlying themes, and bizarre happenings that leave you questioning certain aspects of life. I love science fiction, but not the way out there stuff, rather the kind of SF that lies just on the edge of possibility. I love books that challenge your beliefs and make you ask- what if? The DaVinci code had that impact on me- powerful in the way it made you examine the facts behind your beliefs. I think I have tried to mirror some of that challenge your facts idea in "Heaven's Gate"
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, but I do also have a Kobo
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a young adult fiction novel about a young girl and her family who attempt to escape a world wide pandemic by retreating to the mountains. Others have thought the same, and the mountain retreat has dangers of its own. The girl, Sadie, who was born blind, discovers that her other senses are becoming magnified- super senses. She and her best friend Kole must find a way to save their families and mankind from the evil on the mountain as well as the deadly plague that threatens them. I am still working on the title but leaning towards: "Holy Water" or "Crypto".
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Dan Brown, James Redfield, Michael Chricthon, Suzanne Collins, Robin Cook, Michael Palmer
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The new day!! I love mornings!!
Published 2014-03-01.
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Books by This Author

Heaven's Gate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,890. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Inspirational
Where does your energy go when you die? What would happen if it never reached its intended destination? Heaven's Gate is an action packed science fiction adventure that will challenge traditional beliefs about heaven and the purpose of life.