Leena Maria


I have been writing (and painting) since I was a child. I've studied Egyptology for five years at the University of Manchester (Certificate in Egyptology 2012 and Diploma in Egyptology 2014). I have a book-blog at http://leenamaria.com, where I discuss books, writing, and reading.

Smashwords Interview

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm quite the impulsive buyer - I choose the genre I wish to read, maybe write a search term and then scroll through the first couple of pages of the results. The cover of course first attracts my attention - I am an artist myself, and so I appreciate the work of a professional cover artist - a picture that promises a good story.

Also I love series. I want to get to know the protagonist better, and so I usually start from book one and buy the series one after the other (if the first book is good). This is also why I like to write series - I want to learn to know my own main characters as well. And they sure sometimes do develop into surprising directions, no matter how carefully I have planned the story...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was three years old, and had just met a police horse in the park. I had never seen a horse before in my life, but that did not stop me. I was already climbing half way up the horse's front leg before my mom could stop me. I still remember feeding the horse candy from the palm of my hand (mother had shown me how to do it and not lose my fingers) and I remember how gently that beautiful giant took my little offering. After that we went home, I had an argument with my mother why we could not have a horse in the apartment (her excuse was we had no balcony), took my crayons and paper, and drew my first story. I could not write yet so it was a cartoon of a small horse who left its parents. I cried buckets as it was a sad story. After that, when I learned to read and write words, I've written stories. Cardboard boxes full of them somewhere...
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Where to find Leena Maria online


Nephilim Quest 1: Shadowhunter
Series: Nephlim Quest. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 186,560. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The truth about her ancestry is not an easy thing for Dana to accept – she was deliberately created to perform a task, to find something that should stay hidden, or it might threaten the world of humans as Dana knows it. Her existence is tied to the myth of the Nephilim, the descendants of angels. Dana must prepare for a long search in ancient Egypt, hunted by creatures of darkness.

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