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MEET LEDA SWANN

Leda Swann is the writing duet of Cathy and Brent. We write out of our home overlooking the sea in peaceful New Zealand. When not writing we have busy lives bringing up four children and enjoying an adventurous outdoor life that ranges from the mountains to the sea.

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WHY LEDA SWANN?

We often get asked how our name Leda Swann came about. When we decided to write an erotic romance together we wanted a sexy name. We discussed how the Greek gods made for themselves a pretty good time of things, so a name from Greek mythology would be good. In any case, the word erotic comes from the Greek 'erotikos' and 'eros', meaning sexual love. We just needed to find a name that was more or less easily pronounceable. The tale of Leda and the Swan came to mind, and so Leda Swann was born. Read more about Leda and the Swan here and here

 

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LEDA'S DIARY

In this diary we write about some of the major things going on in the lives of the Leda Swann duet. Check back here often for updates.

November 2009. Cathy gets a near-fatal snake bite

September 2008. Doug makes a music video

August 2008. Earthquake TV documentary

June 2008. Alice in Madagascar

February 2008. A boat named Leda Swann

August 2007. Lizzy leaves for France

August 2007. Doug and his band wow the judges

August 2007. Sam's birthday ski trip

March 2007. On  morning TV

February 2007. Poor Knights Islands Holiday 

November 2006. A Movember moustache 

October 2006. We got married

October 2006. Article in the New Zealand Women's Weekly

April 2006. We're on TV 

 

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November 2009 Cathy gets a near-fatal snake bite

We've had an extremely busy year, hence the big gap in updates to ledaswann.com. Desperate for some relaxation we went to Australia, just over three hours flying time away. We wanted to explore an area of the forested mountains outside of Sydney.

Our desire for relaxation came to an abrupt end on the first morning of our trip when Cathy stood on a snake, which bit her (twice) in self defence. It turned out to be a Brown snake, apparently the second deadliest land snake you could have the misfortune to step on.

We don't have snakes in New Zealand, so we were unprepared for dealing with a snake bite. However the locals knew what to do and rushed Cathy to hospital by helicopter. She spent four days recovering before we could resume our break. We carried on exploring, and still managed to have a great vacation!

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September 2008 Doug makes a music video

Doug and his band "Too Funky" won Television New Zealand contest to have a music video professionally made. Read the news story.

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August 2008 Earthquake TV documentary

Our family featured in a TV documentary Would You Survive?

This documentary, made by local TV people Gibson Group, featured a "typical kiwi family" (us!) and how the family gets through the first few days immediately following a large earthquake. These photos by Gibson Group.

We had to survive with minimal food and shelter for 3 days, all while dealing with situations like hypothermic neighbours and hysterical injured people thrown at us by the producer.

Where we live, near Wellington NZ, is on a fault line and we experience quite a few small quakes a year. We're overdue for a big one, much like our friends in San Francisco. The focus of the story was on being prepared as a family with food, water and shelter.

To help you get through, the NZ Government has a useful website Get Ready, Get Thru. The equivalent in the United States is Ready.

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Family [click for bigger]


Doug and Sam [click for bigger]


Lizzy and injured neighbour [click for bigger]

June 2008 Alice in Madagascar

Our eldest, Alice, went to Madagascar for three months of volunteer work with ReefDoctor. While there she carried out underwater surveys to establish the health of the reef system and promoted reef conservation in the local communities. She also had lots of fun travelling round, seeking out Lemurs, as well as experiencing the culture.

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Alice and locals [click for bigger]
February 2008 A boat named Leda Swann

For quite some years now we've explored our wonderful coastline in our inflatable boat. This year we decided with the kids getting bigger and all of them divers we needed a larger more sturdy craft. Naturally we had to name it Leda Swann. The whole family agrees its a great boat with a great name.

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Leda Swann boat

 

August 2007 Lizzy leaves for France

Our second eldest, Lizzy, left for a year in France. Living with a family in Maresche, Lizzy goes to school in Le Mans. She's finding it tough going at the moment, especially learning Spanish in French. She's quite good at English though.

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Brent, Lizzy, Cathy
August 2007 Doug and his Band

Doug and his band Too Funky have been practicing nearly every day, organising their own gigs, and entering competitions. Too Funky did well at the recent Rockquest, coming third in the Wellington regional finals.

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Rock star
August 2007 Sam Goes Skiing

Sam turned 11, and wanted to go skiing at Mt Ruapehu for his birthday. Sam's a type 1 diabetic, and so we had to monitor his blood sugar levels quite closely as he expended energy zooming down the slopes. His illness doesn't hold him back in any way, and by the end of the day he was skiing better than his Mum. Learn more on kids with diabetes.

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Sam the Man

March 2007 TV 'Good Morning' Show

We were guests on national television, appearing on the Good Morning show at around 10:00am on a weekday morning. It was a lot of fun, with a good bit of banter between us and the presenter. Our interview was around 8 minutes long, and we discussed all sorts of things from what our children think of our writing (they're proud of our success) to where we get our inspiration from (the world around us). Click the image to download a short excerpt from the interview [5MB Windows Media Video file].  

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February 2007 Poor Knights Islands Holiday

We loaded our four kids and lots of dive equipment into both our cars and headed north for 12 hours to the Poor Knights Islands. We chartered a smallish boat for three days, living aboard and diving, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and snoozing. What a great little holiday! 

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Daughters Alice and Lizzy


Moray Eel

November 2006 - Movember

Supporting men's health. Down here in New Zealand and Australia, and to a lesser extent in other countries there is a charity event to raise awareness of men's health called Movember. Participants start the month clean shaven, then during the month grow a moustache while seeking sponsorship for the charity. This year the health issue was prostate cancer. So Brent dutifully grew a moustache, much to Cathy's distress. But it was all in a good cause, and it was funny walking around laughing at other mo bros (as we call ourselves).  Click the image to download silly 1MB Windows Media Video file of the moustache growing.

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October 2006 - Married

This was a busy month! On a fine day in tropical Rarotonga we got married in a romantic sunset ceremony on the beach. What a great day it was! We got up and went for a dive in the warm clear water. Later we snorkelled with our kids, admiring the colorful wrasse and giant clams. Late in the afternoon we got married barefoot on the beach, followed by a lovely dinner with friends and family. Just a usual day for romance writers!.

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A different wedding day photo


Another wedding day photo

 

October 2006 - New Zealand Women's Weekly

Before we set off for Rarotonga, Cathy was interviewed by the New Zealand Women's Weekly. That was fun. Jennie, the reporter, sat down with us and talked with Cathy about our writing. Then the photographer turned up with a giant bag of equipment and took lots of photos.

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April 2006 - We're on TV

We appeared on national TV, in an article on the main TV One news programme of the day. You can read about the article here, and you can click the image to download the 5MB Windows Media Video file.

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