In the summer of 2015, Leith and Karen took a driving trip into Canada. They traveled throughout the province of Nova Scotia and eventually came upon Cape Breton Island. Winding through mountain passes, curling alongside ocean shores, the stunningly beautiful Cabot Trail brought them to a quiet village by the sea where fishing boats are the only commerce and the school system has just eight children. Leith and Karen fell instantly in love with Pleasant Bay. 

The following summer they rented a house in the little town, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. There, on the front porch, they found the elusive peace they’d both been seeking, a peace that would become the backdrop for the final chapter in Leith’s moving biographical novel, An Artificial Life. Since then, they’ve returned each summer to the idyllic community of Pleasant Bay where they continue to find themselves revitalized and renewed. 

One day in the summer of 2018, while Leith and Karen relaxed on the porch discussing their incredible journey together, inspiration blossomed yet again into an idea, which eventually led to the writing of a novel about William Snow’s resurrection of a decades-old murder mystery. Have a look below at the first few chapters of that upcoming novel, The Man in the Moon, the next in the William Snow series of suspense thrillers.