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  • Worth the Wait – blog by Shelley A. Leedahl

    Shelley A. Leedahl and Peter Carver, Toronto, 2019This photo—taken minutes before the Toronto launch of The Moon Watched It All in March 2019—is significant to me for a few reasons. Firstly, the man to my left is Red Deer Press editor extraordinaire Peter Carver, whom I’ve had a professional relationship with since he edited my first illustrated book, The Bone Talker, in 1999. Peter and I had never met in person before my Toronto launch this spring, and it was delightful to sit across the table from him in a little Greek restaurant near Mabel’s Fables (bookstore) in the hour before my launch, and just chat. What a sense of humour the man has! And my nervousness re: the launch dissipated.

    I’d come a terribly long way to celebrate the release of this book, and I’d waited nearly a decade for it to happen. The story was written in 2009 during a particularly lonely stretch in my life, post-marriage break-up. I was living quietly and alone (well, I did have a redbone coonhound) in the village of Middle Lake, SK. The manuscript was accepted for publication while I was living and working in Edmonton: I received the acceptance call in 2010 while at my desk in the rock and roll radio station I wrote commercials for.

    Then the calendar years kept turning … 2012 … 2014 … 2018. Would this book ever actually be published? I had a contract, but seriously wondered.

    By spring 2019 I’d already been living on Vancouver Island for five years, and the book was, at last, released. (And it’s a beauty! Thanks, illustrator Aino Anto). The Moon Watched It All - cover

    I’ve often remarked about how slowly the wheels of professional publishing turn, but Folks, nine years is a new record for me. I’m so glad it was worth the wait.

    Shelley will combine poetic storytelling and a poignant song at the Story and Song event at the Whistler Public Library Saturday, October 19, 10-10:45 a.m. Get your free ticket here.