Our next Letter for Kids is penned by award-winning, best-selling author Leanna Renee Hieber! Leanna writes to us all about her early love of art, and how it helped her get through the ups and downs of middle school.
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Leanna Renee Hieber is an actress, playwright, ghost tour guide, and the award-winning, best-selling author of twelve Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy, and supernatural suspense novels for adults and teens for Tor, Sourcebooks, and Kensington Books. Her Strangely Beautiful saga, beginning with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, hit Barnes & Noble and Borders Bestseller lists and garnered numerous regional genre awards. Tor Books notes Strangely Beautiful as a “foundational text of Gaslamp Fantasy” and new, revised editions are now available via Tor. Darker Still was named an American Bookseller’s Association “Indie Next List” pick, a Scholastic Book Club “Highly Recommended” title and a Daphne du Maurier award finalist. The Spectral City, her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Kensington, was a #1 best-seller across several genres and digital platforms. A four-time Prism Award winner for excellence in the genre of Fantasy Romance, Leanna’s short stories have been featured in notable anthologies and her books have been selected for national book club editions as well as translated into many languages. She lectures on Gothic fiction, drama, and paranormal themes for prominent institutions such as New York University and Miami University, and at conventions and conferences around the country. A proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, Mystery Writers of America, SFWA, Historical Novel Society, and International Thriller Writers, she lives in New York City where she is a licensed ghost tour guide with Boroughs of the Dead and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. She presents a one-woman show as nineteenth-century designer Clara Driscoll and is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass agency. She tweets often @leannarenee, and you can find more resources and free reads at leannareneehieber.com.
Photograph of Leanna Renee Hieber by T. Truelove.