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Jennifer L.B. Leese (1970-) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Writings, Sidelights

author illustrated publishing writers

(J. V. Harlee, a joint pseudonym)


Born 1970; Hobbies and other interests: Spending time with family.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Heinemann Library, 100 North La Salle, Ste. 1200, Chicago, IL 60602.


Freelance writer and copyeditor. Picket News, managing editor and feature writer.


World Romance Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, EPIC, EPPRO, Potomac Writer's Guild, Parent-Teacher Association (local vice president).


Uniquely Maryland, Heinemann Library (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Also author of e-books Two Spots Bakery (and print), illustrated by Thom Leese, Publish America; Jordie's School Day Adventure , illustrated by Kym Jones, IAm Me! , illustrated by Cynthia Iannaccone, Bows for Pigel's Nose , illustrated by Sonal Panse, and "Sounds I Can Hear" series (six volumes), all for Writers Exchange E-Publishing; Notes on the Windowsill, Zumaya Publications; 911: The Day America Cried; and Crafty Friends . Co-author, with Valerie Hardin under joint pseudonym J. V. Harlee, of Gargoyle Tears (e-book; young-adult mystery), Tarbutton Press. Contributor to periodicals, including Picket News, Whispers Online Magazine for Women, Simpler Living, Partners, and Livebrighter. Contributor to poetry to publications of Webseed Publishing.


Jennifer L. B. Leese told Something about the Author: "I began writing when I was ten years old. I've always had an interest in writing fiction. As I grew older, writing sat on the back burner until my first born was four years old, which was in 1995. His father brought home a rhinocerous beetle for him to keep overnight—that was it—I started writing again. My first published children's e-book was titled 'Beetle Bug Adventures' by Wordbeams Publishing. I plan to rewrite this particular story, adding more detail, and adventures for the two mischievous little bugs, Poppy and Hue.

"I have broadened the genre from children's to include young-adult fantasy, nonfiction stories for children, periodicals, and my favorite paranormal ghostly mainstream fiction. Last year I finished my second ghostly novel titled The Room in the House on Eleanor Street and just began The Carleigh House. I'm looking for agents and publishers for both novels.

"Writing is something I must do … it keeps me sane and allows me to constructively file the many 'new' stories that pop into my head every singel day."

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, April 1, 2004, Kay Weisman, review of Uniquely Maryland, p. 1380.


Jennifer L. B. Leese Home Page, http://www.geocities.com/ladyjiraff/ (July 6, 2005).

Writers Exchange E-Publishing Web site, http://www.writers-exchange.com/ (July 6, 2005).

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about 7 years ago

I received you contact information from the Bowie librarian. We are soliciting children authors to take time out of their busy schedules and encourage our students at Pointer Ridge Elementary School to read.

Event - Empowering Tomorrows Leader Through Literacy

Date - Friday, Nov 18th

Time - 6-8pm

Set-up if needed starts 5:30pm

Readings 6:15 - 7:30pm

Food - 7:30pm ( provided for free from Buffalo Wild Wings)

Location - Pointer Ridge Elementary School

1110 Parkington Lane

Bowie, MD 20716

Contact - Cassandra Johnson

Authors to read for 15 -20 minutes to groups of kids ages K-5th grade. Requesting authors to read, sign, sell, and donate one copy of their book to the school library or to raffle off at the end of the reading.

We can provide a parent to help with book sells or you can provide your own person. There will be a parent assigned to each author/ book reader to help keep the children quite.


Currently we have 3 authors attending. If you know any other author that may be interested please forward them this email.


Also if you can send a jpeg image of all your book covers so they can be used to advertise literacy night with the flyers going home to the 480 student body that would be great. We want all authors to receive as much exposure as possible. Flyers will be going out each Friday until the event to raise awareness of the event and advertise the authors. Each week 2 author Bio's will he sent home to the students in the way of flyers and email blast to the parents.


Cassandra Johnson

Literacy Chair