REALLY SHORT BIO
Lindsey writes books, chases kids, and eats cookies. Sometimes exclusively, sometimes simultaneously.
Lindsey Leavitt is the author of over a dozen books for kids, tweens, and teens. She is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/speaker/party animal (not to be confused with her spirit animal, which is a lion). A graduate of Brigham Young University, Lindsey uses her teaching background to present to hundreds of schools across the nation. Lindsey lives in a shoe with her many children in the Utah mountains.
She also feels weird writing about herself in third person.
Want to know more? My, you’re a curious one.
Where did you grow up?
Las Vegas, Nevada, which helped inspire my teen novel, THE CHAPEL WARS.
Where do you live now?
In a small Utah town with one stoplight and really good milkshakes.
When is your birthday?
August. I’m a Leo
How many siblings do you have?
3 brothers, 1 sister. We still eat our food fast because dinner was every kid for themselves. I fought with my brothers a lot, babied my sister, and just generally couldn’t imagine not having a big family. It’s good thing I’m used to it, because there are a lot of kids running around my house right now (which is fine, except when they don’t put their shoes in the front basket!)
Are you married?
Yep, to a funny, kind and loyal guy who shares a name with a famous singer. It’s not Michael Jackson, but good guess.
Are you dead or alive?
This really is a frequently asked question, usually emailed to me the night before a student’s book report is due. Living or deceased, I’m not going to do your homework, sweet child.
Do you know Jeff Kinney or Suzanne Collins?
No. Do you?
What are your pet peeves?
Onion breath. Olives. Online Trolls. Oppression. Overcast Skies.
Obviously anything that starts with the letter O.
Will you read my story/manuscript/secret diary?
As much as I like discussing publishing and mentoring writers, mama just doesn’t have time. I suggest joining a writing group, whether locally or online. A great organization that can match you with a helpful critique partner is www.scbwi.org
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
Kids’ Indies Next List
Banks Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
Tayshas Reading List
Beehive Book Award Young Adult Fiction Nominee
New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Award Nominee
Magnolia Award Nominee
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
Scholastic Book Club & Book Fair
Whitney Award Finalist