Leah Noel Sims was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but grew up north of Atlanta. The oldest child of a teacher and a truck driver (or “transportation security analyst,” as her father prefers), Leah was homeschooled by her eccentric mother, who liked to dress up as Socrates to teach history, and spent the majority of her childhood playing in the woods, hiding in trees and writing in secret code—all of which made her one of the cool kids.
When she wasn’t crying over math homework, she wrote short stories and founded a “town” in the woods with her friends, where she wrote the town newspaper and hosted “scary story time” under a tree, and then forced everyone to help her find leprechauns and Narnia.
Through high school and college, Leah dabbled in community theater and film acting, and trained as a classical singer for a few years. She majored in Spanish—which she couldn’t speak—until her sophomore year, when her then-fourteen-year-old brother helped her realize that the likelihood of making a living with a language she couldn’t speak was slim. After interning at a news radio station, a major Atlanta magazine, and a public relations agency, she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Communication and worked in the newsroom at CNN before returning her focus to her lifelong passion of fiction writing.
Three years, two houses, and two babies later, Leah self-published her first novel and is writing her second. She lives in a 19th-century farmhouse south of Atlanta with her husband, two children, and German Shepherd. When she’s not writing or hunting for insects and fallen pecans with her children, she can often be found sitting bug-eyed behind her computer while reading ghost stories on the Internet.