About Leah

Leah Ferguson is an author and writer of lengthy online essays. Her first novel, All the Difference, was published in 2015 by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She has written two other novels since that are safely tucked away in a drawer (the first book didn’t find a publishing home, and the second book has stage fright because of what happened with the first book). While she’s gathering her wits to begin Novel No.4, Leah is back to writing the essays you’ll find here, which are her first love. 

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 trade magazines, a freelance editor for the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and as both a high school English teacher and adjunct instructor of English for Immaculata University. (She’s also been a waitress, a paralegal, a nanny, a retail clerk, and a telemarketer, but not all at once.) She’s contributed to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Harrisburg Patriot-News as a humor columnist, mostly because she wants to be Erma Bombeck was she grows up. 

Leah is a mom to three really cool children who are growing faster than she can keep up. When she’s not driving them to volleyball, basketball, and their friends’ houses, she likes to read, cook, and listen to music by post-punk bands that were popular when she was in middle school. She’s also an avid photographer who prefers natural light and a gentle hand with editing. Leah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, children, a sweet dog, and two young cats who don’t realize the sweet dog wants nothing to do with them. She is represented by Katie Shea Boutillier of Donald Maass Literary Agency


  1. tickedoffandtickledLou | 28th Jun 13

    I had written down the word “vignette,” spelled just that way, but I was uncertain so I looked for the word in my dictionary to no avail. I went on line and found that not only was spelling correct, but that there was someone writing a blog titled “One Vignette.” I had to see what that was about and here you are. You will be so glad when you are in your 80’s,
    as I am, that you have written down so many things about your life and your children. I wish I had kept a journal, as a blog was bog spelled incorrectly. There were no blogs when my son was young. Keep it up and I thought what I read was delightful.

    • Leah Ferguson | 1st Jul 13

      I am so, SO glad that not only did you happen to stumble upon my blog (not bog ;), but you were kind enough to leave a note. Reading this absolutely made my day. Thank you so much for your words–your sense of humor is wonderful (and much appreciated on a day like today, when the “little stuff” is so overwhelming I need a good, lighthearted slap of common sense and encouragement). I feel lucky to have been able to share my world a little with someone who’s been through it–and who so clearly appreciated it.

      (And I am doubly grateful to hear that I am, indeed, still spelling the title of this thing correctly, because some days I have to check the spelling, too. I wish I were kidding.)

  2. jblog | 25th Feb 13

    Love your blog!!! I nominated you for the Inspirational Blogger Award! Here is the link to see how everything works:

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