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 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!