Welcome to my web site. Glad you could make it.
I write fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror, as well as the occasional essay and poem.
The Official Bio
Leah Cutter writes page–turning fiction in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, Hungary, the Oregon coast, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others.
She writes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. Her short fiction has been published in magazines like Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Talebones, anthologies like Fiction River, and on the web. Her long fiction has been published both by New York publishers as well as small presses.
Follow her blog at www.LeahCutter.com.
The 2016 Write Stuff Bundle
I’m in another bundle! Check out that lineup of authors!
These are some amazing books. From some amazing people.
If you’re unfamiliar with bundles, they go like this:
If you spend $5, you can get these books:
The Fieldstone Method: Weinberg on Writing, Stages of a Fiction Writer, The Rational Writer, Business For Breakfast, and How To Negotiate Anything.
HOWEVER. If you spend $15, you can get the entire bundle, which includes:
Writing The Novel From Plot To Print To Pixel, Heinlein’s Rules, Creating an Online Presence, The Writer’s Business Plan, and How To Make a Living From Your Writing.
You can also specify that a portion of your purchase goes to a charity. This bundle supports The Pearl Foundation, promotes education by endowing scholarships. The scholarships focus on returning students, who have been away from school for more than five years. Those students need a lot of financial assistance because they often have families, mortgages, and all those other expenses of adulthood.
So…get an education while giving an education. Pick up The Write Stuff 2016—and have fun!
But remember, this deal only lasts for a limited time. It will be gone before you know it!
Starting in 2016, I will be leading workshops, teaching indie-publishers and authors how to create beautiful interiors for their print books. In addition, I’ll be teaching how to create covers.
To learn more about the workshops, click here.
Baker’s Dozen Redux
Back in 2011, I gave myself a challenge: Write, edit, copyedit, and publish a short story a week, every week, for thirteen weeks.
This year, I’m not writing a short story a week. I am publishing a short story a week, and offering it for free on my blog for that week (and that week only!)
War Among the Crocodiles
As a modern wizard, Yvette knows many things: how to imprint her name on the very stones of her land to protect it, how to hear secrets from winds great and small, and how to bake the perfect souffle (she is French, after all).
However, Yvette doesn’t know how to stop the soul eaters—a group of corrupted human magicians who steal knowledge from her mind as easily as she picks daisies from a field.
When the soul eaters also attack the clans, the ancient families of shape shifters hidden among the humans, a war erupts in the shadows.
Can Yvette stop the soul eaters from destroying not only the clans, but her fellow magicians as well? Particularly when the clans have never trusted her kind, and wage their own internal wars?
The Soul Thief
Ghosts get stuck sometimes.
Franklin sees it as his duty to help them along, get them to pass from this earth to the Beyond.
But some ghosts start returning. Haunting Franklin. Destroying his crops.
Franklin learns he must use an ancient, powerful blade to force the ghosts back Beyond.
However, someone else wants that blade, for purposes that involve life and death, not just for the ghosts, but for all the living as well.
This novel is a sequel to The Popcorn Thief.
Available at your favorite retailers.
Bombs explode in crowded streets of Minneapolis the week before the Aquatennial celebration. The insane bomber must be stopped before thousands gather for the parades. However, none of the Post-Cogs can get a fix on him: whenever the bomber arrives, the timelines get corrupted.
Cassie has other problems, too. No one will hire her because of how she came into her paranormal abilities. Her life of bliss with her girlfriend Sam has soured. Hell, even Chinaman Joe is mad at her.
Cassie never seems to be able to catch a break. Even her smart mouth fails her when faced with her ultimate enemy: her mother.
In Tainted Waters—the second novel in the fast-paced urban fantasy series about our favorite lesbian Cassie—she must invoke the Norse gods, as well as any others who are listening, to stop the madmen and their evil plan.
This novel is the sequel to Poisoned Pearls.
Available at your favorite retailers.
Business For Breakfast, Volume 4: The Intermediate Professional Storyteller
So. You’re a writer.
You’re no longer a beginning writer, however. You’ve mastered some of the elements of your craft, have learned the basics of storytelling, are starting to see some success.
What do you need to take you to the next level, though? This book is aimed at the intermediate. Not the beginner. Not the advanced. But the writer who is actively working on their craft and yearns to improve.
This book is as much of a guide as anything else. Every chapter has a section called “Clues”—questions that you can ask yourself about your writing to see if you need to work on this technique or not.
Some of the topics discussed include:
Character and Setting
Trust the Process
Coming in June, 2016
The Princess Troll
Sequel to The Changeling Troll. Coming August, 2016.