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Press bio:

Actress, playwright and author Leanna Renee Hieber is the award-winning, bestselling author of Gothic Victorian Fantasy novels for adults and teens. 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, with new revised editions from Tor Books now available, the saga is currently being adapted into a musical theatre production. Leanna's Magic Most Foul saga began with Darker Still, an American Bookseller's Association "Indie Next List" pick and a Scholastic Book Club "Highly Recommended" title. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy saga, The Eterna Files, is now available, with the sequel Eterna & Omega releasing 8/16. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies such as Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, Willful Impropriety, The Mammoth Book of Gaslamp Romance, featured on Tor.com and she writes for Criminal Element. She is a 4 time Prism Award winner for excellence in the genre of Fantasy Romance. Her books have been selected for national book club editions and translated into languages such as Complex Chinese, German and Polish. Leanna lives in New York City, is a proud member of performer unions Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, is also a licensed ghost tour guide and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass agency and is active on Twitter @leannarenee.

The Longer Biography:

Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era from Miami University. She began her theatrical career with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and began adapting works of 19th Century literature for the stage. Her one-act plays have been published, awarded and produced around the country. Her fiction career began with Dark Nest, which won the 2009 Prism Award for best novella.

Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, landed on Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, was named a favourite of 2009 by 14 book blogs, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book), the 2010 Orange County Book Buyer's Best Award (Young Adult category) and is in development as a musical theatre production with Broadway talent on board. The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess, prequel in the Strangely Beautiful series, won the 2012 Prism Award (Best Fantasy). This currently out of print series has been reissued as STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL by Tor Books.

DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, first in the Magic Most Foul saga of Gothic Victorian romantic thrillers, hit the Kid's/YA Indie Next List as a recommended title by the American Booksellers Association. The book has been praised by Seventeen and Pixie Magazines, Shelf Awareness, The Chicago Tribune and selected as a "highly recommended" title by Scholastic and was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in Mystery and Romantic Suspense (Historical Category). The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart continues the Magic Most Foul series and has been praised by Booklist, RT Bookreviews and more. She is serialized the finale, The Double Life of Incorporate Things on her blog in true Gothic Victorian fashion and the complete novel is now available.  

Leanna's short fiction has been featured in anthologies such as Willful Impropriety: Tales of Society and Scandal, "Too Fond" featured on Tor.com and Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy  and the Mammoth Book of Gaslamp Romance. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series with Tor, THE ETERNA FILES, is now available. Her books have been translated into many languages such as Polish, Complex Chinese, German and Thai and have been selected for multiple national book club editions.

Leanna is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.  She is a proud co-founder of the original Lady Jane's Salon Reading Series in New York. Leanna was named the 2010 RWA NYC Chapter Author of the Year.

A New York City resident, she is a proud member of performer's unions Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. When not writing or on set, she is a licensed Ghost Tour guide for Boroughs of the Dead tour company and can be found wandering graveyards and adventuring in full Victorian regalia. Despite being always on deadline, she finds time to enjoy creating Gothic, Neo-Victorian and Steampunk art and jewelry, and selling signed books, on Etsy. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass Agency. She is active on social media (follow her on Twitter & FB), where she loves to hear from readers, and is available for school visits, lectures and workshops for writers groups for reasonable, modest rates.

Photo by Biz Urban Photography
Photo by Biz Urban Photography
New, revised edition, books 1 & 2! Now available via Tor Books!
New, revised edition, books 1 & 2! Now available via Tor Books!


Read "The Spark" a FREE novella in the ETERNA FILES world!

Check out Barnes & Noble's Exclusive cover reveal of PERILOUS PROPHECY!


-Leanna is featured in the Gaslamp Fantasy anthology QUEEN VICTORIA'S BOOK OF SPELLS! Order now!


DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul has been named an ABA Indie Next title! 


- The Dark Nest Chronicles are now together for the first time!


- The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess wins the 2012 Prism Award for Best Fantasy!

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