Interesting tidbit: I created the pen name, Leigh Carron, out of my first and middle names: Lesley Karen. My dad named me after the French actress, Leslie Caron. So, it’s all come full circle. 

Now, for the more serious stuff, I write sexy stories that are intense, provocative, and deeply sensual. The characters are complex and perfectly imperfect—that’s what makes them interesting to write, and hopefully to read. 

In Fat Girl and A Naked Beauty, I presented a female lead struggling with body image and self-acceptance. I think that’s something most women, regardless of their size or weight, can identify with. Sadly, too many of us have a “fat girl voice” in our heads, that tells us we’re not good enough or perfect enough. As a recovering yo-yo dieter, over the years, I’ve learned to quiet that negative voice that had distorted my self-perception. I don’t view the word fat as derogatory anymore. That gives it too much power. As an author, inspired by the theme of loving yourself and discovering your own intrinsic worth, I want to bring my readers stories that are real, relatable, and entertaining—where strong characters with dark secrets and troubled pasts tug at your heartstrings, turn you on, and have you cheering for a beautiful, forever love.

Another tidbit: Turning on the faucet and running my wrists under cool water helps me through writing blocks. It must be something about the sound or feel of water that gets those creative juices flowing.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I’m now a proud adopted Canuck, living in Calgary, Alberta, with my husband and daughter. The winters are frigid, but the sun shines 335 days of the year. Tanning in a parka—it happens! I studied in Toronto, and began my career in human resources before spreading my entrepreneurial wings to start up a change management consulting practice. I have loved the work and the reward of helping clients realize their visions. But my true passion has always been writing. Most nights, you will find me sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless story lines in my head.

Final tidbit: I’m a chocolate snob. I only eat the good stuff. Although in a pinch, I probably wouldn’t turn down a Snickers bar. 

As a chocolate connoisseur, I liken writing a great romance to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one.

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Beneath your perceived flaws are the true gems that make you beautiful, desirable, and worthy.