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, GATEKEEPER.
I seem to have developed a habit, because writing is now something I just. Can’t. Stop.
First, I wrote GATEKEEPER, a story of two nations at war over dreams. Want to know more? Click here.
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I’m a poet.
Likewise, 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. Activities include making kimchi, pottering around with my Traveler’s Notebook and other stationery delights, and taking pictures of my dog. Lots and lots of pictures of my dog. I may or may not have a problem. *cough*
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 abovementioned platforms.
I’m usually reading. Favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Guy Gavriel Kay, Charles deLint, Garth Nix, N. K. Jemisin, Kate Elliott, Erin Morgenstern, Ray Bradbury, Lev Grossman, Jacqueline Carey, and Edward Gorey. Check out what I’m reading now on Goodreads.
Occasionally I spend my time playing video games. My favorites are the TALES OF series of RPGs. (Surprise.)
I watch a lot of anime. Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Your Lie in April, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are my all time favorites, though I’ll admit I was introduced to the genre by and grew up watching Sailor Moon, so that will always have a special place in my heart.
I love sushi and the Japanese language. Every once in a while I’ll dabble in watercolors.
I have a job. It’s in corporate content & marketing.
I enjoy Zumba, and I taught it for a while, but ain’t nobody got time for that, not with a full time job and being serious about writing.
I hate bitter cold temperatures and driving in snow.
I live in New England with my husband Matthew and a cat and two parakeets and one adorable pomeranian. 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!