Elisa Leigh writes dirty talking alpha men who are rough, possessive, and totally in love with their women. After publishing her first novel in April 2017 she has published over 30 books with more to come.
Elisa promises with every book she writes, to give you a sometimes sweet and always steamy love story that will end with a
Happily Ever After!
Who is ELISA LEIGH?
I started writing my first book, Keeping Our Forever, in 2015 at a teacher training. That's right, I was a primary teacher for nine years (2010-2019). I thought I loved it, but it turns out it wasn't my favorite. I have so much respect for educators. Life doesn't turn out the way you plan and the things you thought you wanted when you were eighteen aren't necessarily going to be what you want when you're thirty. I guess I should give you a little bit of background of who I was before I became a writer.
Let me take you back to 2010. I had just graduated from college and was ready to start teaching. I was excited, but also nervous. I didn't have a lot of self-confidence. After eight interviews in my smallish town in North Florida, I couldn't find a job. I was TERRIBLE at interviews. OMG, I was a mess! I ended up getting a job at a daycare for 18 hours a week, but the day before I started I called and told the director I couldn't do it. I had spent 5 years in college. How could I start my first teaching job as a part-time science and art teacher for a preschool? A couple of days later I got an interview at an inner-city Charter school, and guess what? I got the job! By the end of my first year teaching a group of 30 third graders with my co-teacher, I found out I was pregnant. My fiance and I were so excited!
I spent the next couple of years being a new mom, new wife, and a new teacher. I was doing my best to figure life out and do the best I can. I thought I was doing a good job overall.
Fast forward to 2014, I was going through a period in my life where I struggled with who I was. I had just been let go from my teaching position of four years and I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I knew I needed a job and was hired at another inner-city charter school, but they fired me three months later. Anyone who knows anything about teaching in inner-city schools knows this isn't easy. The school said I wasn't a good fit for them. Basically, I couldn't control the behavior problems I had going on. This was a big blow to my ego. I was lost. Should I even be a teacher? I loved the teaching aspect of being a teacher.
I said I'd never go back to teaching, but less than two months later I went back. I had to. I had to help support my family. After a month-long stint at a Daycare (you see I ended up at daycare eventually lol), I got a job in December of 2014 at another inner-city school an hour from my home. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? This time though I was at a public school. This was bound to be better. It was better. I felt supported and less like the administration was out to get me. It was where I needed to be to heal from the experiences I'd gone through before. Well... the grass isn't always greener. While the administration was better, the behaviors were worse the longer I was there. I was at my wit's end.
I fell into a depression that lasted for over two years that almost cost me my marriage. My husband was amazing and held us together through that time though. Hubby got me the Fifty Shades trilogy for my birthday in July 2014, but I didn't pick it up until Christmas Break. I was addicted. I didn't know there were romance books like this. Where had they been my whole life? When I thought romance, I thought Harlequin Romance, which I've never read. I was a big reader before this, but never romance. I started reading like crazy after I read the 50 Shades trilogy twice in only a few days.
I would read at least 2 books a day, sometimes more. Eventually, I read KL Donn's book Keeley's Fight. OMG, I loved this book! It was amazing! I strongly recommend it if you've never read it. It is a contemporary menage romance with suspense. It sparked my need for more books in this genre. Problem was, there weren't many like it, especially on Kindle Unlimited. Which for a person with a limited income, KU was the way to devour books like I was. KL Donn's book set me on my course to writing my own first book, which was also menage.
After working on Keeping Our Forever for over two years, I published it in April 2017. There is nothing like self-publishing your own book. There is so much you have to learn how to do. But I did it. I was so proud of myself and I felt confident in myself for the first time in a long time. I wasn't a part of the book world. I was too shy for that. I loved books, but authors were my superheroes. Those authors were the people I fangirled over, I couldn't talk to them. Eventually, I had to start putting myself out there and join the book world community. I looked at my superheroes to see how they did things. There are so many people who helped me along my journey, most of them who probably have no idea what their comments, suggestions, and shares helped do for me.
It was the end of the school year in 2017 and I was dealing with debilitating migraines. With my mom's gentle push, I interviewed in my town again. After interviewing at several schools, I finally landed a teaching job 5 minutes from my house. OMG! You have no idea how amazing this was for me. It was like I finally made it. This is what I had wanted for years!!!
2017 was my year. It was the year I left inner-city schools to teach in an A district where behavior problems weren't at all what I had been used to for the past 7 years. I was happy at my school, it was THE BEST school I ever taught at, but I was more interested in writing books. Could I make this a career? I wasn't sure, but I was going to try. In 2017 I published 5 books and in 2018 I published 11.
When I started my second year at this amazing new school, they moved me to kindergarten. I have never taught kindergarten before. Those little people scared the crap out of me. I was moved from 2nd to K and I had no idea what I was doing. This was my 9th year of teaching, but it felt like my 1st.
By this point, I was over it. I knew I could survive off of what I was making from my writing, but I had one last thing I had to do before I quit teaching. The hubby and I had to buy a house. In early February 2019, we bought our beautiful home and I put in my notice at my teaching job. I would not be returning at the end of the summer. It was a great feeling.
My life isn't perfect. I struggle with my weight, something I've always struggled with. I struggle with time management and staying focused. I am a severe procrastinator but as my own boss, I had to set my own schedule and stick to it. Y'all I had never been a stay at home mom before. I got to take my son to school and pick him up. I had time to make dinner, do the dishes, fold the laundry, and keep my house clean. OMG, I've never been this person before. It was great. At the end of the day, I was tired. I had no time for writing. When I did make time, I had MAJOR WRITERS BLOCK! It was all in my head though. I did publish 15 books in 2019, more than I ever had before.
I'm starting 2020 treating my writing as a business, well more than I ever have before. I have BIG GOALS for this year. I'm excited to write and thankfully I've worked through things in my head and my writer's block is gone.
At 32 I'm still figuring life out. I don't know if I'll ever figure it out. I know I'm blessed and I have an amazing life. I am a very happy go lucky, chill, quiet person. I love working by myself. I'm introverted and that's okay. I don't need to surround myself with people to be happy.
So who is Elisa Leigh? She's an author of over 30 romance books. She loves waking up and driving to the beach (15 minutes) to watch the sunrise. She loves taking road trips. She loves book signings where she can hang with her people. She's a mom to her energetic and creative 8-year-old son and a wife to her bearded giant (he's 6'7"). She's a depression survivor that sometimes still creeps in when she isn't expecting it. (One thing she learned is to talk to someone about how you're feeling. Sometimes those feelings don't make sense, but they are what they are, get them out in any means necessary so you can own them and move on) She loves super creamy and sweet iced coffee and is currently trying to live a KETO lifestyle to finally lose this weight. Who knows if she'll stick to it, but she's going to try.
If you've made it this far, thank you! More than anything I'm thankful to my readers. I was you a couple of years ago. I still fangirl over my favorite authors and freak out when I talk to them. I love helping new authors (must be the teacher in me).
If you want to talk, have a question about anything, or need some advice with publishing feel free to hit me up. You can email me, contact me on my website, message me on Facebook (whatever you want).
Peace and Love Y'all!