Painting Blue Water is the debut novel for Leigh Fossan. A creative soul at heart, Leigh grew up with a paintbrush in her hand, and went on to study the arts in Florence, Italy. While abroad, Leigh was one of the few recipients of the Coluccio Salutati Award for Creative Writing. Today, Leigh is a professional artist and her paintings are collected around the world. She lives in Colorado with her artist husband, and their young daughter, who wants to be a scientist.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually yes! My 8-year old daughter has the "first" book I wrote when I was about 7-years old. My mom bound it and everything so it felt like a real "book". It is about a husband bear and his wife who fly to Yosemite National Park, and they eat swordfish on the plane. When they land, there is no vacancy, so they have to go home. But they have so much fun that they do it all again the following week!
What is your writing process?
It involves a lot of coffee! I usually think of an overall storyline in my head, and then I work beginning-to-end. Some days I bust out several pages at a time, and other days I'm lucky to get through a paragraph.
Painting Blue Water is the perfect vacation read. A romantic comedy that travels from Manhattan to Colorado, it is a story about love and art, about heartbreak and redemption. This book offers a beautiful escape for readers, inviting them to dive right in.