I've said before that you can't swing a cat in Ohio without hitting a YA writer, and that's the truth. One of those is Leah Clifford, author of the A Touch Mortal series. Leah is a fantastic writer, a hilarious person and the kind of girl you just like being around. Trust me. I've sat through hours upon hours of festivals and author events where the crowd might be a little thin and you're questioning if it was worth the travel expenses to be there. But if Leah is there too, it's worth it.
A few days ago Leah had a frightening medical emergency, which I'm going to simply cut and paste from her Tumblr here:
Most of you guys heard through twitter and fb, but yesterday my left eye basically stopped blinking. When I smiled, only the right side of my mouth moved. Needless to say, it was pretty terrifying. When I got to the Emergency Room, they diagnosed Bell’s Palsy, but had to rule out a stroke because my symptoms didn’t quite match (My forehead was still moving at that point, but stopped soon after.). Because of this, they had to do a CAT scan and EKG. In addition to medical bills, I’m looking at a 2 - 6 week recovery time. I have insurance and a job, but unfortunately, my left eye is blurred and has double vision, which means I can’t drive the 40 minutes to my day job. It could be a couple of days to a couple of weeks before my vision comes back properly. I have no vacation. No sick days.
I’m trying to do what I can to supplement my income and basically survive until this goes away. If you know ANYONE who is looking for a critique of their novel, could you please pass my info along to them. Even just reblogging this message will help.
I have three books out with Harper/Collins, and have been critiquing for friends for five years, with most of those books ending in publishing contracts. I’ve just started to take on freelance work. I’m linking to my critique prices below. Right now, I’m offering a $50 discount on full manuscript critiques to anyone who mentions this post and if you yourself are a writer, please keep in mind for each referral, you’ll receive a $25 credit to use when you book your own critique (in addition to the $50 off). If you have any questions, I can be reached through my ask box or at CliffordLeah at gmail dot com! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!
If you're in the market for a critique, definitely consider Leah!