September 26, 2016

Blog Tour: The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy – Interview and Giveaway



Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

presented by Rebelight Publishing!

We have Brenda on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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Art is Gabrielle’s passion, but her parents have other plans for her future-marriage to a man three times her age who holds nothing but disdain for art. Gabrielle is determined to escape life as the baron’s trophy wife and the confinement of traditional roles. She flees her privileged home in the French countryside for Paris and the grandmother who understands her passion. When she cannot locate her grandmother, Gabrielle is left on her own in the City of Lights. The art world of Paris, 1900, brims with excitement, opportunity, and risk. Should Gabrielle trust her new friends, or will they take advantage of her hopes and dreams?

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The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy
Publication Date: June 15, 2016
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you, MaryAnn. I’m delighted to be able to participate in your blog. There’s nothing I love more than talking books, whether it’s mine or someone else’s. My one regret is there’s never enough time to read everything I want to read.



Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

At the turn of the century, Gabrielle runs away from an arranged marriage to Paris to create a new life as an artist. But whom can she trust?



What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

My grandmother, Carmen Gabrielle, was my inspiration even though she died before I was bornI grew up with stories about my grandfather, Jack Morton, an early 20th century cowboy/rancher who was larger than life. But I always wondered what kind of woman my grandmother was, why would she leave a life of luxury in France to marry a cowboy and live the life of a homesteader? I finally travelled to Paris and Laval, France where she grew up, trying to understand her life prior to Canada. The story quickly became fictional, but I think Gabbi’s passion and spirit reflect the person my grandmother was.



Tell us about the main character(s).

Gabrielle is the youngest in her family. At the beginning, she is impulsive, self-absorbed and passionate about her art. She quarrels with her mother, who is equally headstrong, and resists conforming to Society and its strict expectations for women at that time. Gabbi is also extremely loyal to her friends and her family, but too trusting of strangers and often doesn’t trust her own intuition. She doesn’t understand her parents or her sisters but loves them and ultimately chooses saving her family’s honour over her own passions and dreams.



Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

That’s a bit like asking a mother which child she loves the most (LOL). How about if I give you two parts?  One is the quote at the start of the book by Victor Hugo, that shaped much of Gabbi’s character – “Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.

One of the scenes I really love is the interaction between Gabbi and Philippe on the train to Paris. There’s clearly a physical attraction between them, and yet their opposing opinions clash so they irritate one another also. I hope that friction comes through clearly for the reader.



Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The scene with Gaston, Babette and Gabbi in Gaston’s apartment and studio was difficult. I wrote and re-wrote it many times until one writing mentor offered to act it out with me. Once we did role playing, I realized what I needed to do with Gaston’s approach and then revealing his true nature.



What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I have a middle grade novel out with two publishers right now (fingers crossed), it’s an animal adventure story along the lines of Watership Down.  My current WIP is a contemporary YA novel, set in the Rocky Mountains about a teenager overcoming her grief when her older brother dies, and involves biathlon, an Olympic winter sport.



It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!



About Brenda Joyce Leahy


Brenda Joyce Leahy has travelled to France five times but finds there’s always more explorations awaiting her. She loves historical fiction and thinks she was born a century too late but can’t imagine her life without computers or cell phones. So, perhaps, she arrived in the world at just the right moment to tell this story.

She grew up on a farm near Taber, Alberta but now lives with her family near the Rocky Mountains in Calgary, Alberta. After over 20 years practising law, she has returned to her first love of writing fiction. She is a member of several writing organizations, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): her profile there is http://www.scbwi.org/members-public/brenda-johnson-2. The Art of Rebellion is also profiled on the Humber School of Writers’ website at http://creativearts.humber.ca/programs/school-writers/published-books. Brenda is also a member of the Historical Novel Society: http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org, and leads a YA/MG writers’ critique group in Calgary.

The Art of Rebellion is her first Young Adult novel, published by Rebelight Publishing, spring 2016.



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  1. Carol L

    I look forward to reading The Art of Rebellion. Sounds fascinating. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Carol L


  2. Rachel

    I love this period of time. I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. The art scene in Paris during this period is so fantastic. Plus, there is the build up towards WW I. Perfect book for me!


  3. brian

    As a fan of historical fiction and romance, this could be a darn good read.


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