Joanne Van Leerdam

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Tennyson, Whitman, Bronte, Poe, Dickinson, Paterson, Lawson.

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Joanne Van Leerdam is a poet and author of short stories. Her body of work consists of aix poetry collections, one general short story collection, a play, four collections of horror short stories, and a contribution to several anthologies.

When she's not writing, Joanne is a teacher of English, History and Drama/Production. She is an active member and performer in her local theatre company.
Her hobbies include reading, photography, and music.

She is proud to be both an Australian and an honorary Canadian.

She does like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

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Joanne Van Leerdam 1. Keep writing.
Even if what you write isn't perfect, it's still meaningful.
And the more you write, the better you'll get.

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1. Keep writing.
Even if what you write isn't perfect, it's still meaningful.
And the more you write, the better you'll get.

2. Your/you're.
Their/there/they're.
Where/we're.
Been/being.
Commas, apostrophes, and semicolons.
These things do matter if you don't want to frustrate your readers and possibly lose them. (less)
Joanne Van Leerdam Lots of things inspire my poetry.
I write about my own experiences and feelings, but also about situations and experiences that I witness in other…more
Lots of things inspire my poetry.
I write about my own experiences and feelings, but also about situations and experiences that I witness in other people's lives, in world events, and in all aspects of life.
I aim for the poems and stories I write to be understandable by everyone. There's no point in writing if the language is so convoluted that people can't understand what you're saying, but I still work to make it sound beautiful when it's read. (less)
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The Silver Feather

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Curious Things

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Nova

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The Passing Of The Night

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Stained Glass

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New Horizons

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Lac Du Mort and Other Stories

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Leaf

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A Poet's Curse

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For Those who Prefer Bookish Treats for Easter

If you’d like a bookish Easter treat for Easter,
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Sparkly Badgers’ Easter Egg Hunt



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The hunt officially begins on Good Friday.





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While some history textbooks are interesting and quite easy to read, it is also fair to say that many are written by historians who do not seem to mind that their works are either lofty, dull, or both.

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As someone who has always loved Tennyson's poem 'The Lady of Shalott', the title of this book caught my eye and imagination immediately. Rather than being a retelling of the poem, however, this book is a speculative fantasy abo
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An entertaining short read.

If you have ever suspected that the ‘happy ever after’ of fairy tales wasn’t actually true, you might just enjoy this story.

This is a dark fantasy sequel to Cinderella that brings with it a very different set of premises
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A chilling story.

'A Perfect Memory' is a psychological horror short story that twists reality, layering distortion upon disorientation, and making the reader question their perceptions just as the characters do.

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Breathtaking psychological thriller.

‘The Feels’ is a gripping psychological thriller that explores ideas of guilt, secrecy, and vengeance through the experiences of Ariel, the protagonist of the story, and her interactions with those close to her as
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'The King's Hounds' is a murder mystery set in Oxford during the reign of King Cnut. An unlikely duo, Winston and Halfdan form a friendship that is still in its early stages when they find themselves assigned the job
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“Whatever your dreams may be, never dismiss them as impossible. Always hope. Always try. You just never know when things will happen.”
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“As writers, we should remind ourselves, and each other, that Jane Austen and JK Rowling got rejected by publishers, too.”
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“Doing anything worthwhile will present challenges, but everyone who achieves their goal is an ordinary person who becomes extraordinary.”
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