J. Leigh Bralick


J. Leigh writes primarily fantasy and YA fantasy novels. She has made one foray into science fiction, and enjoyed it so much she may eventually publish that experiment, if she survives the effort. Her favorite thing about writing fantasy is the excitement of exploring new worlds and experiencing exciting adventures — all on a very low-cost budget! All you really need is coffee. Low cost + coffee = success for a perpetual student like J. Leigh, who may have heard of the concept of a full-time job but likes to avoid that topic as much as possible.

When she isn’t writing, J. Leigh enjoys fencing, listening to music of a variety of genres, costuming, and inventing languages for her worlds. That last bit is a secret, so don’t tell. She may even put up some information on her blog about her different languages at some time, if she can be persuaded to.

Besides work, J. Leigh also doesn’t believe in ages. So don’t ask her how old she is. She is either eighteen or eighty-five, or somewhere in the middle.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a military brat, so I grew up all over the country. Not only did I get to live a lot of places, but we were constantly taking road trips either to move from one base to another, or to visit relatives in other states. That was honestly one of the biggest influences on my writing and my love for world-creation. All those places I saw, all those different small town/big town, east coast/west coast, north/south, midwest/southwest cultures made a huge impression on me, not to mention the physical beauty of all the places we visited. I've always been deeply drawn to nature and I can't imagine what my life (or writing!) would be like without those experiences.
When did you first start writing?
I think every writer wants to claim "I've been writing since I was in utero," even if they got the itch to write in a college creative writing class. I didn't start writing in utero. Much too cramped. But, I know I always loved storytelling and used to draw picture books before I could write. I distinctly remember my first attempt at a story came when I was six. It was a book about a puppy. It was epic. It was heart-wrenching. It didn't get past chapter two, but that's not my fault -- the computer ate it. Well, that devastating set-back made me give up the whole enterprise in despair, but when I was ten I decided my defeat had lasted long enough and I took up the pen once more. But it was really my junior high English teacher, Mrs. Russell-Rader, who inspired me to want to _be_ a writer.
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Where to find J. Leigh Bralick online


The Madness Project
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 209,700. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Prince Tarik is a mage in a world that despises magic. After keeping his gift a secret for sixteen years, he must now use his ability to infiltrate a secret society in his city's slums, to find out if they are plotting to destroy his family. But how far will he go to learn the truth?
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 119,970. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Merelin Lindon wants nothing more than to help bring the world of Arah Byen into some kind of balance. But nothing is going as planned. The High King Zhabyr is falling apart, and Merelin's allies are turning on each other for no reason. In the coming war she cannot stand alone. But can she bring her allies together before it is too late?
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 115,760. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When Merelin Lindon returned to her ordinary life on Earth, she never really expected to find a way back to Arah Byen. One year later and strange visions begin troubling her — visions that grow darker and harsher with each passing day. Something is terribly wrong in Arah Byen. All she wants is to find a way back to the world she loved. But nothing can prepare her for what she might find...
Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
NaNoWriMo 2011 book. Last updated 2011-11-05 14:53:10
Shadow and Light. Night and Day. The Ethers have been at war longer than the memory of man. The fate of humanity depends on their stalemate, but they care little for mortals...until one girl finds herself caught at the very heart of their war. NaNoWriMo novel -- Now includes Chapters 1 & 2
Down a Lost Road
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 124,200. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
16-year-old Merelin Lindon never thought her life was extraordinary...until the day she found herself transported to the hauntingly beautiful world of Arah Byen. When she discovers her own connection to the strange world, she must decide if she will join the mysterious Yatol in a fight for his people's existence, or leave them to their fate. But every choice has a price...

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Smashwords book reviews by J. Leigh Bralick

  • The Lords of Askalon (Silesia Trilogy, Book II) on Dec. 30, 2012

    This is such a fantastic sequel! Lords of Askalon is a darker, grittier story than Book 1, a study of human nature at its best and at its worst...and it's one heck of a wild ride. I loved the development of Sahara's character -- watching her grow and struggle and fall and try again to find her way in life. She is tough and vulnerable and passionate and broken, but struggling to find her identity and to overcome the ghosts of her past. We learn so much more about Jared and their friends, and meet some fascinating new enemies and allies along the way. And oh, do we visit some incredible worlds. Everything is so richly imagined and so unique...and I loved getting some more of the back story about why the worlds are the way they are. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and what started out as a simple enough plan quickly spirals out of control, as Sahara and crew discover just what happened in the aftermath of their rather Pyrrhic victory on Silesia. I'm already dying to know what will happen in the next book!