Deborah Leitch


Deborah Leitch has been a practicing Registered Nurse for over 30 years. Caring for patients in their last moments of life, she often reflected upon life energy and where it goes when it is no longer needed by the body. That reflection and the question: “Where does your energy go when you die?” formed the impetus for her first novel: Heaven’s Gate.

Deborah was born and grew up in Miramichi, New Brunswick. She currently resides with her husband and son in a small town in central Alberta. In addition to being an author, nurse, mother, wife, photographer and avid flower gardener, she is a horse enthusiast. She loves reading all kinds of fiction but was particularly influenced by Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Robin Cook and James Redfield. Her work marries spirituality and philosophy with medical drama, science, adventure, and possibility. Her stories have underlying themes and morals that cause the reader to pause in reflection She loves to challenge common thinking with the question, ‘what if....?’

Smashwords Interview

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!)
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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.

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Smashwords book reviews by Deborah Leitch

  • Baby Impossible on March 11, 2014
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    5 Stars. This is a fantastic story that had me captivated from beginning to end. The premise of being able to keep a fetus alive at 12 weeks gestation and the implications are far reaching. So plausible. What if? Olson is a beautiful writer, who captures character and circumstance with just enough description to help you understand, identify with and feel compassion for the characters. I didn't want the story to end!
  • The Game on April 28, 2014

    What a great premise! Life on earth is really a game! I really enjoyed the story and the writer's easy writing style. Nice character development, quickly got involved and engaged in their lives. Well done!