My Author Toolkit – Who Am I?

I’ve made my announcement that I will be publishing Hot Flashes in August.  Yikes! Help! Ack!

Now I have to make sure I have all my tools in my author toolbox. I’m choosing to go the independent route. I’ve done my research and feel for my story, my genre, and potential readership, I will find success.

However, I can’t just toss my baby out into the world without a fighting chance.

First, I have to tell the world who I am.

This is tricky.  I want to allow people to infer somethings about me without being narcissistic or arrogant. I also don’t need to let the reader know EVERYTHING about me.  Seriously, who wants to know when I had chicken pox or had my first crush or what color my favorite pair of underwear is?

I need to let people know that I’m curious, engaging, and a great storyteller. Some quirks/eccentricities are acceptable. Coming across as bat-$h!t crazy, not so much. If I have credentials, I can mention them. However, my creative writing grades in high school and/or college don’t count.

It’s fair to say the KISS (Keep It Simple Silly) rule applies to writing your author bio.

Without further ado, here is my bio.

Born on a dark and stormy night on the other side of the world from Richmond, VA, Leila Gaskin began a life full of imaginative wanderings. Influenced by her journey, Leila takes inspiration from the places she’s lived. She is a member of the James River Writers and the author of several short stories ranging from horror, speculative fiction, science fiction, and urban fantasy. Hot Flashes is her debut novel.

With her dog as her co-pilot and the cat as the navigator, Leila explores her world and tells her stories.




  • I love it! I think I need to have write mine. This is so witty and intriguing.Well done!

    • Thank you! I am a woman of mystery (cough, cough). 🙂

      • You are HAlarious!

  • Like!!!!!

    • 🙂

  • Excellent! I think you succeeded completely. 🙂

    • Thank you! I hate talking about myself on a personal level. I can hold my own in a conversation. But when it comes to talking about myself, I normally turn into a blithering idiot. 🙂

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