Into The Woods – Fairytale inspiration

I love musicals – what’s not to love – dramatic stories told to music, characters breaking into song to express deep thought and emotion. And I love fairy tales – the dark ones, the Disney light ones, the reworked ones (I’ve just watched seasons 1-3 of Once Upon a Time and enjoyed the episode of The Librarians where the fairy … Read More

Meet the Character Blog Hop – introducing River Collins in Healer Moon

I have been invited by the fabulous Jennifer St George to participate in the Meet the Character Blog Hop. You can read about her chosen character, the fabulous, sexy and mysterious Nicolo Capitini in Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon here. Jennifer writes sexy romances set in exotic locations and is one of the rising stars of Destiny Romance. The rules … Read More

Some questions on writing

I was thrilled to be asked this week by a group of highschool students about my writing process and how I do what I do. After answering the questions, I thought they were actually quite interesting – mostly focused around how I start, how I continue and how I end (questions writers try to answer for themselves all the time). … Read More

Sharing my inspiration with Darksiders Downunder

I’m over on Darksider Downunder talking about my latest novel, Dark Moon, my inspiration to write and how I get started with my books. I’d love for you to come and visit. http://darksidedownunder.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/enchanted-orb-with-leisl-leighton.html Comments are always welcome too. I’d love to hear about what inspires you to do what you love to do and how you always get started.  

Writers need a tribe: Part 2

Earlier on this week, I wrote about the importance of having a tribe when you do something crazy like, ah…I don’t know…write. I wasn’t planning on writing anymore about it, but something happened this week to a friend of mine that just backs this up and I thought I’d share. It’s important to share. Without sharing, it’s even easier to … Read More

If you’re going to be a writer, you need a tribe

  Every year I hang out for August for 2 reasons: 1) It is the time of the year we usually take a few days to go skiing with my family and 2) It is the RWAustralia conference. As a writer, I look forward to the RWA conference every year – it is a place to hang with other people … Read More

Word Crimes

As a writer, I am often mystified and horrified by the way people mangle language. I receive emails from work and other places of business that are purporting to be professional and ask me to trust that they know what they are talking about, that are full of spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, not to mention incorrect use of words … Read More

Some thoughts on creativity.

It’s been a few weeks since I blogged – some things have happened that I won’t go into here that just didn’t make me feel very bloggy. I just didn’t feel like I had much in the way of interesting stuff to say, even though I’ve had a number of ideas for blog articles coagulating in my old noggin for … Read More

Lovely review for Killing Me Softly

I just received this lovely email from a reader and I felt the need to share. Dear Leisl, You have done an intricate job in composing Killing Me Softly. I love how you brought those who suffered tragedy together to grow from each other’s weaknesses and unite.  Your words kept me wanting more. Wondering if Cat would ever push through, … Read More

Rejection – the good and the bad of it

As a writer who has been at this thing for quite a few years now and only last year was published for the first time, I have to say I’m used to rejection. In actual fact, I was so used to rejection that when I was finally told ‘yes’ I had trouble hearing it. In some ways, I’m not sure, … Read More