Leah Ferguson is an author, writer of lengthy blog posts, full-time mom to three children, and wife. Her first novel, All the Difference, was published in 2015 by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Her second novel, A Version of Lucky, is currently under publisher consideration; meanwhile she’s writing her third book, a contemporary novel called No One Ever Wants to Live Here. She’s quite excited about the last one, and will tell you more as soon as she’s worked out the ending.
Leah earned her B.A. in English Literature and Russian Language from West Chester University and holds an M.A. in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has worked as the managing editor of research and reference books for a national law book publisher, the managing editor of two trade magazines, a freelance editor for the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and as both a high school English teacher and adjunct instructor of English at Immaculata University. (She’s also been a waitress, a paralegal, a nanny, a retail clerk and a telemarketer, but not all at once.) She contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harrisburg Patriot-News before turning her attention to fiction and creative nonfiction writing.
In her spare time, Leah enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music by post-punk bands that were popular when she was in middle school. She also (occasionally) runs and volunteers in her children’s school as well as with Operation Paperback, a nonprofit that organizes shipments of books to active U.S. troops stationed overseas, their families, and veterans. Leah lives in Pennsylvania and has strong ties to both Philadelphia and Baltimore (the settings of All the Difference and A Version of Lucky, respectfully), which is her excuse for saying “water ice” strangely and sprinkling Old Bay on everything. She is an active member of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association and is represented by Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency.