J. Leigh Bralick

Biography

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.

When she isn’t writing, J. Leigh loves her other job as an ER nurse (most of the time). (Except at 3AM.) She spends the rest of her non-existent spare time wrangling her three big dogs, acting as glorified tree branch for her little parrot Pippin, attempting to not murder garden plants, and taking care of her husband.

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

Where to buy in print

Series

The Madness Method
Crown Prince Tarik Trabinis is a mage in a world that shuns magic. Embracing his power could cost him his Crown...or it might cost him his sanity. An assassination attempt on his father's life sends him into the chaotic slums of his city, where he learns truths he never wanted to face -- truths that might make him a hero...or a traitor. Or both.
The Madness Project
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A Dark So Deep
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A Sea Like Glass
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The Lost Road Chronicles
Down a Lost Road
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Subverter
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Prism
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Books

Down a Lost Road: Extended Edition
Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 178,720. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Merelin crossed the universe to save her father, but a whole world is at stake. Yatol wants redemption from a past that haunts him. When their paths collide, how far will they go to save the people they love?
A Sea Like Glass
Series: The Madness Method. Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 245,200. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In a desperate effort to sue for peace, Tarik must leave his crew behind and face the harsh and hostile land of Istia -- a land he was meant to rule. But the welcome he receives is as cold as the land. Can he win the Istians' support before war engulfs the world?
A Dark So Deep
Series: The Madness Method. Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 217,510. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
War looms on the horizon. The streets of Brinmark simmer with threats of rebellion. Hayli is caught in the grips of the Science Ministry...and the threads of Tarik's sanity are fast unraveling. Can he bring peace and save those he loves before it is too late?
The Madness Project
Series: The Madness Method. Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 205,600. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Prince Tarik is a mage in a world that despises magic...and if the world found out, he might lose his crown...or possibly his life. When an assassination attempt on his father points back to an underground society of mages, only Tarik can infiltrate their ranks to learn the truth. But what if the truth would make him a traitor?
Prism
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 119,890. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
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?
Subverter
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $9.99 $2.49 USD. (75% off until July 31!) Words: 118,240. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A year after the Judgment, visions begin to haunt Merelin Lindon of a life and love she left behind. Is it guilt that haunts her, or is something 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.
Down a Lost Road
Series: The Lost Road Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 134,680. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.25 from 4 reviews)
16-year-old Merelin Lindon never thought her life was extraordinary...until she finds herself in the beautiful but dangerous world of Arah Byen. Her heritage is bound to that world...but its fate is bound to her. Will she help its people fight an impossible war, or will she walk away forever? And if she fights...what price will she have to pay?