Leah Rachel von Essen

Leah Rachel von Essen is a novelist and book blogger. When Leah was three, her mom found her reading Joyce Carol Oates by the side of the pool, and she and books have been inseparable ever since. She used her Gryffindor-Aries courage to leave her New Jersey world of salty ocean air for the South Side of Chicago. She studied fairy tales, magical realism, and the forms of the novel, and minored in religious studies. Leah lives with her cat, Ms. Nellie Bly, and two very protective bookshelves that watch over her precious Neil Gaiman book collection. She loves to travel and to read while she walks. Leah writes about the books she’s reading and the one she’s writing at While Reading and Walking. Twitter: @reading_while

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