About Leanna Renee:

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Photo by C. Wormwood

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. Tor Books notes Strangely Beautiful as a "foundational text of Gaslamp Fantasy" and new, revised editions from Tor are now available. Darker Still was named an American Bookseller's Association "Indie Next List" pick, a Scholastic Book Club "Highly Recommended" title and was a Daphne du Maurier award finalist. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy trilogy, The Eterna Files, is now complete from Tor Books. Her short fiction and essays have appeared online and in notable anthologies such as Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, featured on Tor.com and Criminal Element. A 4-time Prism Award winner for excellence in the genre of Fantasy Romance, Leanna's books have been selected for national book club editions and translated into many languages. She lectures on the importance of Gothic fiction and paranormal themes for notable institutions such as New York University and at conventions and conferences around the country. A proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, 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 and presents a one-woman show as 19th century designer Clara Driscoll. 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, has been lauded by Tor Books as a "foundational text of Gaslamp Fantasy." The book 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 categoryThe 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 and as PERILOUS PROPHECY 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 trilogy with Tor, THE ETERNA FILES, is now complete. 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. She launches THE SPECTRAL CITY series from Kensington Rebel Base Books in November 2018.

Leanna is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, The International Thriller Writers and the Historical Novel Society.  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 and has been featured on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. 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 lectures on Gothic fiction and writing the paranormal for notable institutions such as New York University. She is represented by Paul Stevens of the Donald Maass Agency. By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll is Leanna's new one-woman show channeling this talented 19th century designer. Leanna 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 at reasonable rates.

Photo by Biz Urban Photography
Photo by Biz Urban Photography
NEW EDITION, books 1 & 2 via Tor Books!
NEW EDITION, books 1 & 2 via Tor Books!

NEWS:

Pre-Order THE SPECTRAL CITY and get a BEAUTIFUL GIFT from Kensington Books!

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THE ETERNA SOLUTION is here! Read a rave review via Criminal Element!

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

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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!

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

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

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

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