A native of Paris Hill, Maine, Leigh spent most of her childhood and early adult years in San Francisco. She has been a writer, editor and lecturer for most of her life, intermingled with career portfolios in marketing, finance and community arts projects.
An award-winning editor and best-selling author, she has published three volumes of women’s autobiographical writing about their lives in Wales and during World War II. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Welsh Academy, Authors Guild and several RWA chapters. Her serial novel, NIGHTS BEFORE, told in a series of short stories, begins with the story, "Twas the Night Before New Year."
Her debut novel, WAIT A LONELY LIFETIME, was published by Avalon Books in April 2012 and is now available from Amazon’s Montlake imprint as a paperback and ebook. Her second novel, SALSA DANCING WITH PTERODACTYLS (2nd Edition) was released on March 23, 2014. The final story of Leigh's serial novel (six installments) NIGHTS BEFORE, 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE, was released in December 2013.
Leigh admits to running with scissors and leaping before she looks.
1871. The war has been over for six years but Rupe Smith still fights his demons. Ten years have passed since he left his Maine village. His Wyoming ranch is the one place he wants to be and the last place he can be. There is no escape from the guilt of his parents’ grief or his longing for the girl whose one letter kept him alive, without knowing she is beyond his reach.
Not every woman drops into Mike Argent’s life the way Jakki Hunter has, at his feet straight from the passenger side of a roadster. Every guy Jakki’s ever known has dumped her, but not usually with such drama or with as drastic consequences as in the rubbish of a construction site. Something about her brings out the rescuer in lone wolf Mike. Something about him brings out all Jakki’s quirks.
≈≈Salsa Dancing with Pterodactyls is the story of a interracial, multicultural American family.
David Gitano’s proud Hispanic-American family believes she is using him. Emily Burdis’s Central Valley sister believes he is using her.
She thinks: He's a corporate lawyer. He's her boss. He’s the pterodactyl man she wants.
He thinks: She's too good for him. She’s the answer to his prayers.
Christmas Past and Christmas Previous haven’t been all Jocelyn Tavers wished, but Christmas Present and Christmas Future are in capable hands – her own. But even the best laid plans have a way of meeting disaster head-on.
Months of job-hunting land Jocelyn in the protective custody of a close friend and seeking the help of a French-speaking public servant whose absence has cracked her façade of laissez faire and nonchalance. Who would have thought a tow truck driver would be her rock in a hard place?
Jocelyn Tavers faces her 26th birthday, falling on Mother's Day, at the same time as she wonders what happened to a certain officious lawman and a certain deserter father remembers her birthday after only fifteen years of neglect.
Jocelyn Tavers is juggling unwise princes, an ex-boyfriend and her rebuilt 4x4 on one of the coldest days of a Maine winter. Her big date on the night before the day for lovers has some surprises in store but so do her ex and the weather forecaster. What does it take for a girl to get some adoration of her own?
New Year's Eve is a time for reflection and change. Jocelyn has more changes coming at her from all directions on this Portland, Maine winter day than she's faced since her mother's death. None of it bodes well for the junior editor's fledgling career when her fiancé abandons her to spend this holiday alone. If not for three unwise princes, a Viking warrior and a sinkhole...a short story.
My mother loved to tell stories about her life and I loved to listen. When I grew up and had an opportunity to publish her World War II adventures, I asked her to write these stories for a collection I was working on for Honno, the Welsh Women’s Press, Parachutes & Petticoats.