Antha Leigh wore out her welcome in her homeland of England, giving up her cucumber sandwiches, and soggy chips (with mind blowing scraps and pea gravy) and migrating to Australia as a teenager with her mother and super annoying brother.
Her English friends envisioned her Australian lifestyle complete with kangaroo riding, koala cuddling, crocodile wrestling and sun tanning. Instead she shunned the heat of the Australian sun and much needed vitamin D, spending much of her teenage years happily in a dark bedroom, romanticising the landscape, history and mythology of her homeland. On the few occasions she exposed herself to the Australian culture and sun, and didn’t melt immediately, she learned to appreciate her new home, and became a fully functioning Australian.
She now lives in a quaint cottage in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and surrounds herself with more than a few one eyed animals (long story). As a dedicated fan of travel and exploration, she incorporates her experiences, and wild imaginings (usually set to music in her own head) into her writing.
On a daily basis she can be found in one, or possibly all, of the following places; Permanently attached to her phone; Permanently attached to her computer; Comfortably snuggled in bed; Avoiding photographs; Hiking a track in some rural and cold location (although hard to combine with bed snuggling); Searching for dropbears in the Australian wilderness; Inside her own head, (most usual location).
Her favourite things include; chocolate covered strawberries, beer battered onion rings, cold mornings, cold days, cold evenings, cold nights, cold in general, moonlight, snow, rain, nature, jonquils, giant climbable trees, ball pits, jumping castles, nerf guns, animals, castle ruins, laughter, friendly faces, and the arrivals gate at any airport.
Her aspirations include but are not limited to; magically becoming photogenic, standing upright in high heels, walking a straight line in high heels, being taller than someone in high heels, starting a movement to abolish high heels as an unnatural and cruel form of female slavery. *shakes fist at high heels and puts on DM’s*
Touched is Antha Leigh’s first published novel and is the first in the Touched series (Secrets – 2, Fragments – 3). A recent review stated; ‘Antha writes with the heavy hand of experience and adventure, all recited through the childlike imagination of a pure spirit. Touched is an ethereal dance through the teenaged underbelly and the spellbinding world of the unknown.’ – Monique Barwick (She assures me she has read the book so this is a totally legit – although not completely unbiased – review)