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Leanna Renee Hieber: Gothic Victorian Fantasy for old souls in a modern world

Announcing Leanna's new one-woman show BY THE LIGHT OF TIFFANY: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll (Thu, 08 Mar 2018)
As many of you dear readers know, I’ve an extensive background in classical theatre, including adaptation of 19th century literature for the professional stage which manifested into one-woman shows. I’m thrilled that providence has brought me back around to favorite subject matters and old friends. My many Gaslamp Fantasy novels channel bold, dynamic Victorian women as they struggle to make their way in a restrictive world and now I’ll be doing the channeling more directly: portraying a historical visionary I admire very much. I’m presently developing By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll, a one-woman show about a pioneering female designer at the core of the decorative arts movement in Gilded Age America. An award-winning artist, Clara was responsible for designing Tiffany Studios’ most iconic glass lamps and managed the Womens’ Glass Cutting Department- the “Tiffany Girls”- at Tiffany’s New York studios at the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th Century. This hour long celebration of visionary women, passion, determination and the transcendent beauty of art will be adapted and interpreted from the wonderful wealth of Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll’s letters, historical records and inspiring aspects of her unique story.   Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll The show premieres September 7th in mine and Clara’s home state of Ohio, just down the street from one of the only stained glass companies left in North America, BeauVerre Riordan Glass in Middletown. (Premiere Details here) After the premiere the show will travel to historic homes, museums and artistic institutions around the country. This is a truly wonderful confluence of my artistic interests and talents. Performances will fold seamlessly into my writing life as I continue writing novels set in the late 19th century that highlight the importance of women leaders and the transcendent power of art and atmosphere. (Yes, Clara Driscoll appears as a featured character in one of my current novels-in-progress!)
Further Details about the show: By the Light of Tiffany: A Meeting with Clara Driscoll Award-winning author, playwright and classically trained actress Leanna Renee Hieber channels the talented artist Clara Wolcott Driscoll, designer of iconic Tiffany lamps and the manager of the Women’s Glass Cutting department of Tiffany Studios. Infused with passion and dedication, By the Light of Tiffany is a one hour celebration of art and vision, a one-woman show adapted from Driscoll’s personal letters, historical record and inspiring insights, showcasing the vitality, innovation and importance of women in the decorative arts movement. A native of Tallmadge, Ohio, Driscoll was encouraged by a loving, tight-knit family to pursue higher education and after studying first at the Cleveland Institute of Art and then the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, she was hired by Louis Comfort Tiffany to work in his Tiffany Studios and soon was given managerial responsibilities. Driscoll oversaw the “Tiffany Girls”, the Women’s Glass Cutting Department of the Studio and designed many of Tiffany’s most iconic lamps, including the Dragonfly, Wisteria, and Daffodil lamps. Driscoll won first place for her Dragonfly Lamp design at the Paris Exposition in 1900 and was noted as one of the highest paid women of the Gilded Age ($10,000 per year), at a time when women made 60% less than men. She oversaw over 50 women at the department’s height and was an active artist her entire life. Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in Hamilton, Ohio and graduated from Miami University with a BFA in theatre performance and a focus in the 19thCentury. A member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s first Young Company, she went on to work in regional theatres around the country doing Shakespeare, classical theatre and adapting 19th century literature for the professional stage. An award-winning, critically acclaimed author of over 10 Historical Fantasy novels such as the Strangely Beautiful saga, considered a foundation work of Gaslamp Fantasy, the Magic Most Foul saga and the new Eterna Files trilogy with Tor Books. Her work has been featured in notable anthologies and several of her books have been included national book club editions and translated into languages such as Polish, Complex Chinese and German. A New York City resident for twelve years, she is a licensed New York City tour guide, a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and has been featured in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire and Mysteries at the Museum. By the Light of Tiffany debuts Sept 7th as a part of the First Fridays Concert and Artist Series in Middletown, OH, thanks to many Ohio arts council groups: http://www.myfumc.net/first-fridays-concert-series/ Would you like to bring Clara into your institution? For future booking arrangements, please note Leanna’s Appearance schedule thus far and use the contact form on the Appearances page of her website to inquire about rates and details. Blessings of color and light!  http://www.leannareneehieber.com
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Leanna's 2017 Round Up! New Books, Announcements, TV Appearance and more! (Sun, 31 Dec 2017)
2017 was a difficult year in so many ways, it was a trying time for me, my loved ones and many artists and figures I admire, but I don’t want to shortchange accomplishments of the year and provide an in-case-you-missed-it round up of my publications, features, essays and acclaim that provided many bright spots and affirmations of creativity, hope and spirit. All posts and books I mention are linked in blue for further reading and engagement. 1. I turned in the draft of MISS VIOLET AND THE GREAT WAR (Strangely Beautiful # 4) to my editor at Tor Books in February, its publication date isn’t yet set, but drawing Strangely Beautiful to a close was a heartbreaking and soulful process. I simply cannot wait to share this spirit-filled family legacy with you. 2. As many of you know, the publication journey of the Strangely Beautiful saga has been long and fraught, so the return of The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess, reissued this spring by Tor Books as PERILOUS PROPHECY was pure joy. To have it again available in print is such a blessing. This book, a prequel to the also freshly revised and reissued Strangely Beautiful, delves deeper into the myth, the magic, the tragedy and the passionate, redemptive love that I want to wrap my readers up in; bundling them with lyrical, lush prose.    3. One of the most wonderful reviews of my work I’ve yet received, written by Shana DuBois for Barnes and Noble’s Blog, really captures what I hope readers will take from this book, penned with every ounce of my heart and soul. "There is something truly magical about Leanna Renee Hieber’s writing. Every page of Perilous Prophecy is infused with it, and it will seep into you, changing you as you read." 4. The wonderful Fantasy Café, after graciously hosting my Penny Dreadful rant last year in which I excoriated the show for its character failings and for its senselessly regressive endings, had me back for their Women in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature to discuss The Gothic as a sort of Canary in Fear’s Coal Mine; a discussion of psychological aspects that make the genre so important. 5. Tor.Com had me on to discuss the one book that, if I were to pick one, most changed my life. The Collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. A writer and historical figure that most profoundly made me who I am today, Poe remains an inspiration that has always helped me navigate my own rough waters… 6. In July I guest starred on The Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum! I was in what was called the "Kennedy Wedding Disaster" episode (I speak about the Eddy Brothers and 19th Century Spiritualism, one of my favorite subjects). The episode is available via YouTube or on Hulu. This was so exciting! It was such a treat to speak, for a TV audience, on a subject I know and love so well! 7. In celebration of my ETERNA FILES finale, I stopped by Terrible Minds, Chuck Wendig’s fabulous site, to talk about the Five things I learned (and relearned) writing THE ETERNA SOLUTION. 8. I stopped by the inimitable and generous John Scalzi's domain. For his WHATEVER blog I talked about The Big Idea behind the Eterna Files series as a whole. 9. This November saw the close of my Eterna Files series with THE ETERNA SOLUTION, an exciting conclusion to this Gaslamp Fantasy trilogy, showcasing the importance of localized magic and personal power to fight the last stand of a horrific, violent cabal. I had wonderful launch parties for this book, just like I did for PERILOUS PROPHECY at Barnes and Noble West Chester, OH and the incredible Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York. Writing this book my inclusive cast of quirky characters endeared themselves to me so deeply, I was sorry to see them draw this part of their narrative to its close but I know I will see many of these fine folks again in future novels, as many of the cast will appear in upcoming books, my extant series all dovetailing in parallel worlds. Meghan Harker wrote the loveliest review of THE ETERNA SOLUTION for Criminal Element and she put into sharp focus why I do what I do, helping fill my well to continue. "The sheer joy of reading Hieber’s work reminded me of what I strive for as an artist and the power that love and friendship have in fighting against the darkness—which, incidentally, is the culmination of her Eterna Files series." 10. I signed on for a new trilogy with Kensington Books! THE SPECTRAL CITY will release late 2018 from the new Rebel Base imprint. THE SPECTRAL CITY is a bit like if the show Medium were to meet The Alienist. The year is 1899. Eve Whitby, a talented nineteen year old Medium, daughter of Lord Denbury and Natalie Stewart of my Magic Most Foul saga, leads The Ghost Precinct; a small team of Mediums and Ghosts who help solve crimes and in some cases prevent them as Gilded Age New York City, and all its dark undercurrents, are about to tumble into a new century. Spiritualists, Escape Artists, Charlatans, Spectres and High Society all mix in heady, deadly brew. The Ghost Precinct loses its most vital spectral assets and the hunt is on for what in the world could have killed the already dead...    As always I do many conventions and events throughout the year, check in with my Appearances page on my website and follow my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for regular updates! Feel free to ask any questions on any of my platforms and I'll try to respond as soon as I can to any reasonable query. Please Note: signed books, jewelry and art can all be procured on my Etsy shop, Torch and Arrow, so feel free to pick up anything you’d like personalized! I make my living entirely as a freelance writer and artist so your direct support helps keep me afloat! Thank you! Cheers, Happy Haunting and Happy New Year! May the spirits guide you beautifully into 2018! http://www.leannareneehieber.com
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NEW EDITION, books 1 & 2 via Tor Books!
NEW EDITION, books 1 & 2 via Tor Books!

NEWS:

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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