“I love writing YA because the teen years are a time of taking risks, discovering the unknown, and experiencing all those heart-pounding, swoon-worthy firsts.”
Let me introduce myself…I’m Leigh, a writer from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. I’m represented by Lauren Bittrich at Lucinda Literary. I’m sixteen-years-old at heart, and I’ve been imagining and writing stories since I can remember.
As a girl I craved books with enchanted main characters, however, their real strength wasn’t magic, it was courage, which they’d possessed all along. Doesn’t everyone want to read about heroes like that?
I know I do. And when I write, I want to write for readers looking with a shimmer in their eyes to escape into fantastic worlds; worlds filled with sparkling magic and brave characters. I want readers to get lost in my stories and hopefully find themselves there, too.
When I’m not writing, you can usually find me hangin’ with the ones I love, playing golf, or learning about wine.
Serious fact–I’m living with type one diabetes and thriving–#T1DLooksLikeMe.
Fun fact–I recently learned that I am the eighth great-granddaughter of accused witch Elizabeth Duncan (Dunkin) of Virginia who went to trial in 1695 for charges including bewitching livestock and causing birds to fall from the sky–I totally love that!
January 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm
Congrats to you Leigh! I’m looking forward to more writing… Well done…!
January 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm
Thanks so much! Nice to hear from you.
August 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm
Hi Leigh. My name is Jeanne Adair and I stumbled upon your website while doing some research. Yo I am a direct descendant of Sir Robert De Adair Fitzgerald. His father is Gerald Fitzgerald the 3rd Earl of Desmond who is said to have been romantically linked to the Goddess Aine. Where did your inspiration for this book come about? I always found the different legends of my ancestors to be the most interesting. I look forward to reading your book and passing it along to my daughters.
August 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm
So nice to hear from you! I love that you’ve researched your family’s ancestry and what an exciting family to be related to!
So part of my inspiration for Bewitching Hannah comes from where the book is set—Annapolis, Maryland (my hometown). The founding families from this area are the Calverts and Arundels, who originally came from the UK. As I researched their family trees, I found they were related to the Greys and the Fitzgeralds, both of which are related to notable witches and wizards. It was amazing finding that information and became the basis for the main characters’ families and heritages (the main character, Hannah, is a Fitzgerald!). Maryland also has a history of witches/witch trials so I incorporated that, as well.
I hope you enjoy the book and thank you so much for reaching out to me!!!
November 13, 2016 at 11:33 am
Hi Leigh – Thank you for your writing and publishing story along with writing tips shared yesterday at the MWA Annapolis Chapter’s writing workshop. Joseph Ross Arundelburning.com