Leigh Evans was born in Montreal, Quebec but now lives in Southern Ontario with her husband. She’s raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, her life was fairly routine until she hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. Leigh decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, her Mum always said she was a late bloomer.
We are thrilled to have Leigh here with us today. THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the first in a dynamite new series, which debuts December 24, 2012!
“Her first time at bat, Leigh Evans has hit one out of the park. THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the perfect mix of romance and action, with characters you can’t help but root for and a twist that had me squealing with surprise. Evans offers a brilliant new take on fairies, werewolves, and magic … I am officially addicted’”
— Chloe Neill
Welcome Leigh! Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.
I’m sitting in the hair colourist’s chair as I type, laptop balanced on my knee. My reading glasses have slipped to the end of my nose, I’m wearing a black cape, and I’ve got about 3 pounds of goop applied to my roots. I am happy beyond words that none of the Debutant Ball’s visitors can actually see me.
Where do you love to be?
With my kids. I don’t care if we’re watching television together, driving through city traffic, buying groceries, exchanging heated words or choking back laughter at lunch. Nothing I’ll ever do in my life will mean as much to me as the fact that I raised two kids who are kind, strong, and brave.
What three things would you want with you if stranded on a desert island?
Functioning GPS, a sound boat and a sailor.
My favourite time of day has changed over my life.
When I was the beleaguered teenager, I used to love that hour in bed before I fell asleep. No one could say anything to hurt my oh-so-fragile feelings. No one could tell me what I needed to do. (Finish your homework, take out the trash, pick up those clothes!) I was free to think whatever I wanted, for as long as I wanted, until I drifted off to sleep.
But by the time I hit my early twenties, I was a fan of the wee small hours of the morning. Yes, Leigh Evans had discovered the party life and that girl loved Montreal after the bars had closed. My best friend Nancy and I would drove to the mountain’s lookout. There we’d sit, feet up on the dash, eating oven-hot bagels, watching the city lights twinkle as we talked over the evening.
By the time I was hip-deep in diapers, I’d turned into a big fan of those early mornings when my babies smelled of sleep and sweetness (well, once I’d cleaned them up). Some Saturdays, we’d sneak back to the big bed, and just waste time snuggling.
But like everything else, that didn’t last. Life spun into the decade of the sunburn and the bird feeders. I was all about the sunshine hours, where I could tend to my roses, and plant my seedlings.
And now? I like all of the times of the day. I like dawn’s pink sky. I like walking through the ravine at prime dog walking hours—greeting the regulars, listening to the trees move in the wind. And sometimes at night, I find myself standing at the window, looking upward. Some evenings, there are stars, and sometimes there are clouds.
But all of it is beautiful.
Share something that’s always guaranteed to make you smile.
A short dog with a big attitude.
Thanks for joining us Leigh, and best of luck with the launch of THE TROUBLE WITH FATE.
If you’re interested in learning more about Leigh, visit her website or say hi on Facebook. You can also follow her on Twitter, where she is @leighevans001. And if you’d like a chance to read her work for free, comment below! One lucky commenter will win a free copy of THE TROUBLE WITH FATE!