Meet Leigh

Hi, there!

I am the daughter of a retired U.S. forest ranger. I love working, writing, grandkids, spending time with family, weeding the garden with my dog Sophie (when she’s not digging up what I’ve just planted), and watching the little sagebrush lizards that live in my rock flowerbeds.

Leigh and her Husband
Leigh with her husband Steve

I met my husband when he had just started graduate school. Two weeks later, we were engaged to be married. That was over thirty-seven years ago and we’re still crazy about each other.

My husband and I are the proud parents of two wonderful children. (How did they grow up so fast?) They have provided one of my favorite hobbies—two beautiful granddaughters. Being a granny is payback for raising such great kids. But more than that, my children are two of my dearest friends.

I hold a B.A. in history with honors and wrote my senior thesis on the prestige of Aztec women. I love doing research and it’s my favorite part of writing a book. My husband holds a juris doctorate and a Ph.D. And after serving nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps, our son received his B.S. degree in cybersecurity, graduating magna cum laude. Our daughter graduated with a cosmetology license and drives two-story haul trucks for a gold mine in Nevada. Both she and her husband are certified to drive a wide variety of very big trucks. Hmm. That gives me an idea for another book plot. But whatever the forum, my family loves lifelong learning.  In addition to family, work and writing, my husband and I are busy in church activities. We don’t watch a lot of TV.

I’ve worked in the education industry most of my adult life, but writing has always been one of my great loves. I wrote my first full-length novel on a typewriter, back when they still made carbon paper and 8-track tapes. I had no outline and no clue what I was doing but I kept at it.  Since then, my books have hit the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s list, won and finaled in numerous national writing contests, including the Golden Heart, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the Write Touch Readers Award, and the Bookseller’s Best Award. I write contemporary romance, medieval romance and romantic suspense. Some of my books are inspirational faith-based stories, and some are not. But regardless, none of my books are higher than a PG-13 rating. With over a million books in print, I feel incredibly blessed to be able to write entertaining, uplifting stories.

To read more about my books, check out my books page.

NEWS:  RoseSoapworks  To research my new Colorado Amish Courtships series, I learned to make handmade soap.  But I made so much that I now have to sell it!  My artisan soaps are made with pure ingredients and are luxurious and fragrant and lather like crazy.  Check out my online Etsy shop by clicking the link above.  My prices are quite reasonable.  I named my online shop after my granddaughter Rose. You can read about soapmaking in the 3rd book in the Amish series titled Her Amish Christmas Choice.  In fact, the heroine of this book is named Julia Rose and the name of her soap studio is also called Rose Soapworks. I hope you enjoy reading my Amish books as much as I enjoyed writing them. Have fun!