I'm Leanne Margaret, author, teacher, dancer, parent and mystic. I used to be an administrator who read books under my desk. Then, I tried running a dance studio and bookshop. But I always recognised myself as a writer, not a seller, of books. I'm a woman who has tried to have it all, and frequently failed. But my challenges, and the ways I've learnt to manage them, have been muses to my work. I've been writing content and teaching classes in belly dance, and the intuitive arts for twenty-five years. Currently, I'm enjoying being a full-time writer.
When life backed me into a corner that I could only write my way out of, I self-published two books. The first, The Love of the Universe (2017); followed by Multidimensional Meditation (2019). I'm currently making sense of my interesting life choices by writing a memoir about trauma. After its completion, I'll be flying into esoteric realms to source the cosmic content for my fourth book; which will be a work of speculative fiction. Never happy to focus on just one thing, I'm also editing a collection of poetry that I've been compiling for thirty years. I'm a late bloomer!
Back in 2012, in the mystical Yarra Ranges, I completed my first creative writing course; where I developed several works of poetry. But my primary ambitions involve being an author and teacher. Since 2018, I've been a student at The Australian Writers' Centre; and I've also studied with Writers Victoria. My bag of writer tricks includes such tools as memoir writing, copywriting, content writing, pitching, fiction editing, and fiction structure. I've also earned a qualification in small business management at Swinburne University, which involved writing a near book-length business plan – the likes of which I'll never repeat.
The Yarra Valley has been my home for much of my adult life. I still live within cooee distance of the Valley; with my ageing, slightly neurotic cat. When my knees allow it, I like to spend my spare time dancing like a thirty year old to ecstatic music; and walking in the bush searching for stick insects.
You can find me facilitating groups across the Yarra Valley, fuelled by my love of inspiring others – and a lot of coffee. I enjoy teaching writing and tarot; and I'm still available for tarot readings. They're such a great tool for artists who are trying to navigate the ups and downs of their personal creative cycles.
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