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Leisl Leighton

LeislI am a tall red head with an overly large imagination who can talk the hind leg off a donkey, so it came as no surprise to my family that I completely fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when my Nanna gave it to me for my tenth birthday. I too was a dreamer, who at times was overly dramatic and lived my life vicariously through the worlds written by others and in my own dreams.

I read voraciously as a child and still do, everything from fantasy (Raymond E. Feist, Katherine Kerr, Jani Wurts), paranormal (Nalini Singh and Sherrilyn Kenyon), sci-fi (Anne McAffrey, Douglas Adams), YA (Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, Fallen, Twilight, Harry Potter), romantic historical (Anne Gracie, MM Kaye, Johanna Lindsey and LaVyrle Spencer) and romantic suspense (you can’t go past Nora Roberts), not to mention the classics (Austen, Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, LM Montgomery and of course, Shakespeare) as well as many others – the list could go on (I did say voracious!) As if this wasn’t enough, I did a double major in English Literature and Drama – two majors with more reading than pretty much any other. My friends thought I was nuts. I just thought it was normal.

My imagination and overly dramatic side led me toward drama and music. I come from a family of singers and musicians, and I got this gene in spades. If I’m not talking, I’m singing. I turned to the stage for a while, acting, singing and dancing (the latter not so well) as well as script writing, stage managing and musical directing. I loved every minute of it. But being a stolid Capricorn at heart, and liking to be in charge, I started up my own Theatre Restaurant with a couple of partners where I could indulge my creative side and maintain some certainty. After closing down the theatre restaurant for personal reasons (having run it successfully for six years) and starting a family, I internalised my creativity and started writing the stories I’d always dreamed.

Now I get to live a part of every day in the fantasy worlds my brain creates at night when I’m asleep, which is a joy I love sharing with others. I love it when my characters (vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, warlocks, angels, fairies, elves, timetravellers, gods and goddesses, inter-dimensional beings and hunters, not to mention rock stars, music producers, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers and friends) take me on a journey with them and allow me into their passions, desires, their hopes and dreams, not to mention their hot and sizzling romances. I love a happy ever after.

In my normal life, I raise my kids with my lovely hubby, deal with my overly spunky dog (what did I expect when I called her Buffy!) and spend time with my loving and supportive family and all my understanding friends – who still think I’m a little nuts. I sometimes sing in a choir or share singing lessons with my mum, tinkle on the piano once in a blue moon and work as a swim teacher. I love Sci-Fi chanel, Dr Who, Dexter, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Sanctuary, Wharehouse 13, comic hero movies and of course pretty much everything Joss Whedon is part of. People often ask me when I get the time to write and I say to them, if you love something, you find a way to do it. I love writing… enough said!

4 Responses to “About Leisl”

  • Frana:

    Congrats Leisl, beautifully designed by your hubby! Love the butterfly superimposed on angel wings – very cool.

    • admin:

      Hi Frana. Whilst I would love to take credit for the artwork, Leisl actually found the theme and I just just helped her to get it up and running. I do agree though – very cool!

  • Patty McKenn Van Hulle:

    I am reading Dark Moon and I am liking it so far! I got in from NetGalley. I will be doing a review of it & I would love to put it on your Facebook, but I can’t find one for you. I will also post it on RWA and Destiny Romance Facebook. Do you want me to post it here? Please let me know!

    • Thank you so much for reaching out to me, Patty. I’m so thrilled that you are enjoying Dark Moon. I have sent you an email with links to my FB page etc. I’m looking forward to reading your review. Once you’ve recieved my email and written the review, just email me the link and I’ll post it on my blog. Thanks once again for letting me know how much you’re enjoying Dark Moon. It’s made my day.

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