Hey there. I’m Leila.

I’m a writer.

When I was a teenager, I tried a couple of times to write a GRAND FANTASY EPIC, but it never worked out. For years I was too scared of imperfect first drafts to write anything, but then I did The Artist’s Way and took some advice from Chuck Wendig, and sat down for 500 words every day to write my first novel.

I seem to have developed a habit.

I’m a poet.

My adolescence was filled with bad poetry raging at the universe because no one loved me. At least, the people I had crushes on didn’t love me, and I hated myself so much that if anyone else liked me, I didn’t notice because I was too busy navel-gazing. Luckily, I grew out of that, and my poetry got better.

I tend to favor the dark and mysterious, because I’m fascinated by secrets and whispers and cobwebby things. I tend to be a one-sitting poet – I can go back and edit, but to get a poem down at all I can’t write part of it, put it away, and then expect to be able to return and write the rest of it. Even if I did pick up half an old poem to complete it, it would end up a different poem, because when I picked it up, I’d be a different person. It’s all or nothing in composition. That’s why writing a novel is such an adventure. Not really something I can do in one sitting.

I’ve published poems in Verbicide and The Faxon Poets Anthology, and short fiction in Three Stories magazine.

What do I do when I’m not writing?

I’m a stationery addict with an especially soft spot for the wabi-sabi, Japanese aesthetic. I sometimes post videos on YouTube and you can almost always find me up to something on Instagram.

I listen to everything from movie and video game soundtracks to lots and lots of k-pop.

My love for stories and books goes hand in hand with my obsession with paper things – not just books, but pretty paper products in many forms, which is why I’m active in the planner communities on the above-mentioned platforms.

I read a lot.

Occasionally I spend my time playing video games.

I hate bitter cold temperatures and driving in snow.

I live in New England with my husband, daughter, cat and two pomeranians. Someday I’d like to live in a tall Victorian with a view of the sea.

I’m in desperate need of a real head shot.

Anything else you want to know? Pop over to my CONTACT page and ask!

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  1. Right ON.
    I like Edward Gorey and Ray Bradbury too. I’m slightly peeved that you did not give a shout-out to H.P. Lovecraft, though.
    My shameful confession: I love forcing bad prophecies into a trite rhyme scheme.
    Until we meet in the poetic pastures – best wishes.

    1. Haha I’ve read and enjoyed Lovecraft, but he hasn’t really influenced my own writing, and those are the folks who get top spots for favorites! See you in the pastures!

  2. Hey Leila! I thought I’d come over and check out your blog since you commented on my photography and you seem pretty cool and we both link Amanda Palmer, so, you want to be friends?

      1. 😀 excellent. I’m following your blog now, and I just added you on Twitter – I’m @bluedance.

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