Let me introduce myself…I’m Leigh. I live in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, I’m sixteen-years-old at heart, I have type 1 diabetes (#T1DLooksLikeMe), and I’ve always loved to write. As a teen, I remember craving fantasy books with an enchanted main character, however the character’s real strength wasn’t magic. It was love or courage, which she’d possessed all along. Doesn’t everyone want to read about heroines like that?
Inspired by the romance found in Jane Austen’s novels and the magic in C.S. Lewis’s books (oh yeah, I checked out my pitiful closet searching for talking fauns, icy alpha girls, and melt in your mouth Turkish delight), I started writing short stories for fun. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree, I began writing YA fiction with purpose. Fun fact–I recently learned that I am the eighth great-granddaughter of accused Chesapeake witch, Elizabeth Duncan (Dunkan) of Westmoreland County, Virginia. She went to trial in 1695 for bewitching livestock and causing birds to fall from the sky! Fortunately, she was acquitted.
When I’m not writing, I’m hangin’ with the ones I love–the hubs, the kids, and a little golden retriever who likes to play hide and seek with me. She really cracks me up.
My debut novel, Disenchanted, a fantasy inspired by the Wethersfield witches of seventeenth century Connecticut (you’ve got to check out these babes) is now available in print and e-book through Amazon and BN.com, and can be found on the shelves at select Barnes & Noble stores. I’m still writing, hope you’re still reading!