Authors and Illustrators In Leduc and Greater Area

Join us as we get to know some of the local authors and illustrators in and around Leduc. Each month a local author or illustrator will be highlighted. Make sure to keep checking our website, as more questions and answers will be added throughout the month.

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Local author for January - Charlotte Sloan


 Dot on the Prairie by Charlotte Sloan
 Sure as the River by Charlotte Sloan
  Something to Say by Charlotte Sloan

Questions for Charlotte

Q: What is one thing you want people to know about your writing?
A: I want my readers to know my books are all about people. In my prairie books, readers meet Liz, a patient for many years at the hospital for the mentally ill. She will give them advice, starting with, “I’ll tell you what!” They will also get to know the motherless Cleaver kids, wish they had grandparents like Stanley and Bessie Fiske, and for just a while, they’ll be transported back to the simpler, harder times on a Canadian prairie farm in the 1950s. They’ll miss the characters when they turn the last page and close the book. I write about the laughter and tears that are packed in between those two basic human events- saying hello and saying goodbye. Each book has a solid theme, and is intended to be inspiring. My hope is that my readers receive joy in the experience, and that they  become a little more empathetic and more caring towards others, with a determination to “do better”.

Q: Why did you become a writer? 
A: 
I write because there is nothing quite as satisfying as  transforming a story from your mind into a written form to offer as a gift to your readers! I learned the joy of storytelling from my mother. Whether she was milking cows, churning butter or baking bread, we could count on a story. She read good books to us as we sat around the wood heater on winter nights. From her I learned the wonder of words and their emotional impact. I also write because I love the connection with my awesome readers.   

Q: Do you have any advise for new and upcoming authors?
A: “Just go for it!” If you have the desire to do it, you probably have the ability! A framed quote on my office wall: “The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” Lack of self confidence has been a huge hurdle for me. When it’s time to publish, I get cold feet, convincing myself that what I’ve written is pure “ junk”. With encouragement from my team, I fling out a book with fear and trepidation -  and wonder of wonders - the readers love it! So, I then take my courage in hand once again, and write the next one! Don’t waste time doubting yourself. Just get started, enjoy the journey,  and see where it takes you.

Past Authors and Illustrators

2021
To check out September's local author, Jasmine Tiedemann, CLICK HERE.

To check out October's local author, Lindsey Bugnet, CLICK HERE.

To check out November's local author, Tom Dirsa, CLICK HERE.

To check out December's local author, JD Hornbacher, CLICK HERE.

2022
To check out January's local author, Janet Little, CLICK HERE.

To check out February's local author, Nicole Brook, CLICK HERE.

To check out March's local author, Tony Chin, CLICK HERE.

To check out April's local author, Joel Lefevre, CLICK HERE.

To check out May's local author, Penny Benjamin, CLICK HERE.

To check out June's local author, Richard B, Ogle, CLICK HERE.

TO check out September's local author, Lance Dyjur, CLICK HERE.

To check out November's local author, Tom Gray, CLICK HERE.






We live in a hectic world. Many of us live high stressful lives and high stress jobs. Childhood to adulthood, we could all use an escape. I was no different. From the time I was little I sought out and found different means of escape. At first, I would disappear on horseback, then when that escape became a chore, I escaped into song. When I was no longer able to sing, I turned to poetry and when what I wanted to say could not be held in the lines of a poem, it became a book.

 

I had always been an avid reader, escaping into many stories to free my mind. It was family that gave me the courage to get my stories out to an audience so that may escape for a while too.