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Canadian Expat Author to Launch Novel, The Healing - A Positive Pivot During COVID Lock-Down

Amidst travel restrictions and lock-downs, Canadian expat author, Lynda Faye Schmidt, completed her novel, The Healing, that will launch on April 23, 2021.

Embracing the forced solitude of the pandemic, Lynda isolated, along with the rest of the world, and committed to completing her novel, a women's fiction/family drama based on her own life, in an effort to heal her own emotional wounds and put an abusive past behind her.

Based on true events, The Healing is the story of Cate Henderson who, after twenty-six years in an abusive relationship, sets out on a quest to find healing. Cate packs up eerything she owns and leaves Calgary on an odessy westward, to Vancouver Island, where her ever-present journal, and the abundance of nature become the foundation of her self-recovery. She yearns for something deeper and then, when she isn't looking, she finds love with the solid and virtuous Ethan. Cate thinks his stead-fast love is what she is searching for, but soon realizes she needs to do her own work, that love for herself is the key.

With echos of Eat, Pray, Love, The Healing is a raw and vulnerable exploration of human resilience. At times both painful and uplifting, it's a story of about love, examining motherhood, partnership, grief, expectation, and optimism, and the journey inward to self-love.

One early reviewer, Anne Pybus, registered psychologist with the Canada College of Psychologists, says The Healing is, "One woman's powerful journey of transformation. A lesson to us all to set anchor, to rise again and again, and not be swallowed into the belly of profound trauma."

Born in a small town in Saskatchewan, Lynda lived in Calgary, Alberta for almost 30 years. After three-and-a-half years on Vancouver Island, she moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and was there when the pandemic hit.
Author, Lynda Faye Schmidt

Lynda says the writing helped her stay centred while in isolation in Riyadh amid heavy lockdowns and curfews. At times it felt heavy, especially when planned holidays came and went, leaving her unable to see her family. "There were days when it knocked me off my feet." She admits that despite the challenges, "COVID is by far not the worst year that I've had."

An eternal optimist, Lynda hopes her message to trust the process of life and live with mindfulness resonates with others. 

The Healing is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo/Chapters and other global online retailers and can be ordered into local bookstores. Learn more about the author on her website at


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