About Me

First and foremost: I am passionate about writing. My burning ambition is become a full-time author – though at present my job as legal secretary, to a divorce lawyer, pays the bills.

I have had stories published in women’s magazines – Flash Harry (re-titled Where Did You Get That Hat?) in Yours and TV Spa-Dom (re-titled Girlie Weekend) in My Weekly – and when I was just 17 a kiddies’ story, The Magic Garden, in the Bunty annual.

I have completed four novels: Classmates, a nostalgia-fest set in the 80s (great fun to write); All the Rage, the story of Chantal, Faith and Justine, alias the eponymous All the Rage, who hope to become Willenhall’s answer to the Sugababes (don’t laugh); Gap Year, centring around Emily Smeed and her relationship with a Water Mitty character by the name of ‘Dominic;’ and The Four Matthews, a ‘walking’ novel featuring eight folks who undertake a 10-day, 40-mile footslog from Alveley in Shropshire (the venue of my wonderful wedding) to Tissington in the Peak District, taking in ‘The Four Matthews’ – four (fictitious) hills set at equidistant intervals along the route – on the way.

There are times when I actually wish I didn’t harbour this draining yearning to write; my life would be so much easier without the urge to create literature.  It drains me, but if I gave it up part of me would wither and die.  At the risk of sounding terribly pretentious, writing is like a lover who constantly breaks my heart but who I can’t live without!!

From October 2008 to January 2009, I undertook a 12-week Open University Start Writing Fiction course , to ‘go back to the drawing board’ and hone my craft.  It was a brilliant course; I learned so much, and regained the confidence to pick up my pen and get back into the novels.  My overall mark was 76%, which I was over the moon about.  Some of the scribblings I submitted for that course can be found on here, in the section ‘OU Pieces.’

My other main passion in life is walking – when not writing, I’m at my happiest in my cagoule and filthy boots yomping across a muddy hill in the wild and lovely Peak District.

I am also mad about tai chi.  My other interests are reading, gardening, food and drink, entering competitions (I’m addicted), doing up our lovely house, swimming, working out in the gym, visiting places of interest, the theatre, live music, meeting up with friends and spending time with my husband and family, which now includes four beautiful nephews and two beautiful nieces who I love to bits.

I have been married to Nathan since June 2007.

Oh, and I have no time for religion. I live and let live, people are free to pursue whichever faith they choose, but anyone who makes attempts to ‘convert’ me or forgive me for mythical ‘sins’ is liable to be given a few suggestions on where to shove their Bibles!  Being a hardened atheist makes life so lovely and uncomplicated, I feel.

I have a tattoo of a cat on my right shoulder!

I am a regular blood donor, and am very strongly in favour of compulsory organ donation.  I would thus make a lousy Jehovah’s Witness – well that on top of the ‘not believing in God’ factor!!

Anyway, I really hope you enjoy my stories.

3 Comments

  1. gill powell said,

    October 14, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Hi Leigh – many thanks what you said about the CBSO! Can you contact me….? Cheers – gill
    PS. Great site – love the wedding cake!

  2. Junying said,

    April 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Just thought I’d take a peek on your website after your recent email – great fun and well done, to have written all these down and share with friends and family.

    Writing and walking, great combination! Wish I can do more of both. Way to go, young lady!

  3. Junying Kirk said,

    August 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Saw my name above and my memory must be failing 🙂 Guess I didn’t have a blog then so it seemed to have skipped my mind :). Great job, Leigh!


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