Hello friends! My name is Leanna Renee Hieber and while I'm not new to publishing, or to Gothic Victorian Fantasy / Paranormal novels, I am new to the YA shelves.
My Strangely Beautiful series is YA-friendly and I hope you'll check it out, in addition to my upcoming Magic Most Foul saga, beginning with DARKER STILL (coming 11/11 from Sourcebooks Fire)!
A bit about me:
I'm an actress, playwright, author and Goth girl. I grew up in rural Ohio obsessed with the Victorian era and spooky tales. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of scaring the daylights out of my girl scout troupe with my invented ghost stories. I graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a focus in the Victorian Era along with a scholarship to study in London. I've adapted works of 19th Century literature for the stage and I've had one act plays selected for production around the country. All along the way I've had a ton of random jobs, from being in a Pillsbury Doughboy suit to being a licensed tour guide. My writing, including the Strangely Beautiful novels, has won awards and landed on booksellers' lists and things, and The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker has been optioned for adaptation into a musical theatre production currently in development with a team that includes talent from Tony Award winning shows like Memphis, Wicked, Tarzan and more. I'm a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the International Thriller Writers and I was honoured to have been named the 2010 RWA NYC Chapter Author of the Year.
A member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), I work often in film and television. When not writing or on set, I love nothing more than a good ghost story and a decent Goth club, I love adventuring about my adopted hometown of New York City, where I reside with my real-life hero and beloved rescued lab rabbit Persebunny.
A bit about DARKER STILL and the Magic Most Foul saga:
The shadows deepen on the gaslit streets of New York City in the year 1880. Curses and spirits, demons and rituals, blood and faith, love and danger; such is the stuff of Magic Most Foul. Find your voice... or else.
Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's quiet world is entirely turned upside down in one dangerous fell swoop. Chosen for a fate she can hardly begin to understand, she is beset by strange whispers, nightmares, curses, a haunted painting and an evil doppelganger. A dangerous demon has trapped a young man with whom she's immediately smitten, and Natalie is the only one who can help. Her eerie destiny is made frighteningly clear.
Spirited as Natalie is, her newfound fate is a lot to handle considering she has a major disability to overcome. Suffering from Selective Mutism due to a childhood trauma, Natalie must navigate between two realities; the New York she's always known, and the haunted room inside a painting where the soul of charming, young Lord Denbury has been trapped while his possessed body roams New York as a criminal. Natalie must solve the pieces of a grim supernatural mystery as it unfolds, follow an inhuman murderer into the dark underbelly of New York, reverse the curse and find her voice... or else she'll be the next casualty of a magic most foul.
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Cheers and blessings!