Leona R Wisoker


Leona R. Wisoker, author of the Children of the Desert series, writes speculative fiction that usually involves coffee but rarely involves Arthurian legend.

She also teaches, edits, reviews, and blogs about her journey from amateur to professional writer.

She is the crazed mind responsible for The Scribbling Lion, a very small bookstore aimed at helping small press and indie artists of exceptional promise to reach a wider audience.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I love writers who can turn words into magic: Mary Gentle, Patricia McKillip, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Elizabeth Bear. I also enjoy the more straightforward style of writers like Dick Francis, Allen L. Wold, and Tanya Huff. I read a lot of nonfiction these days, and my favorite authors in that arena are those who can turn dry information into an intensely real, personal, and fascinating story: Mark Kurlansky, Bud Webster, and Andrew Barr come to mind on that front. Finally, I love reading (and re-reading) children's books and YA; my absolute top favorite there is Tove Jannson, whose Moominvalley series I grab whenever I'm particularly in need of something to lift my spirits.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have an alarm clock that can't be shut off any other way than by getting up. His name is Shadow and he is a lab-beagle mix with the most piercing whine imaginable and an uncanny ability to sense just when I'm in the middle of a really good dream. Once I'm on my feet, making coffee is almost an automatic action, and once I have coffee in hand, well....I may as well get started on the day's to-do list!
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Where to find Leona R Wisoker online

Where to buy in print


Feeding The Muse: Recipes For Authors, Recipes By Authors
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
Step behind the scenes and into the kitchens of nine talented writers as they share their tips, tricks, and favorite meals! A variety of approaches form the backbone of this eclectic collection, designed to showcase the personality of each contributor. From Hapa Home Cooking to "dump cooking", there's a recipe here for every diet and experience level.
Salt City
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,980. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Moir's promotion to junior priest should have been the best day of his life. He'd worked hard to earn that title... too hard. As the northern kingdom spirals into that dark time later named "The Purge", Moir's choices set him on a uniquely perilous road, binding his future to the whim of creatures that were old before humanity was born.
A Small Price To Pay
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,140. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Cuna, an ambitious young woman, breaks with tradition and risks her life to become an assassin-spy, but the cost of her choices is far higher than even she expected.
Fallen City
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,850. Language: American English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Demigod or demon? It's a tough call, some days, as to which is the more effective mask to wear when dealing with humans....