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