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Leah Ferguson

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Leah Ferguson holds a B.A. from West Chester University, where she studied English Literature and Russian, and an M.A. in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. A former editor and teacher, Leah now writes from home while raising a herd of young people. An unabashed fan of Notre Dame football, Talking Heads, contemporary fiction and sometimes running, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, dog and a tailless cat. ALL THE DIFFERENCE is her first novel.

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Leah Ferguson I don't usually think of being a writer as a good thing, actually! Because when I think about writing, I think about how I feel when I'm in the zone a…moreI don't usually think of being a writer as a good thing, actually! Because when I think about writing, I think about how I feel when I'm in the zone and the real world becomes an annoying distraction. Or how when I"m *not* writing I become the biggest grump you'd care to never meet. But when it comes to the best thing about it...I don't have a quick answer for you. Because it's all-consuming. It's sort of who I am--oh, so there's my answer, actually. Being a writer allows me to be the truest form of me I can be. I can't hide behind the words that come out of my head. I love that an idea can start brewing in my head and just flow out onto the laptop or notebook. And I love that many times, the words that I put on paper are ones that other people can closely identify with. So I guess that's it: the best part of being a writer is knowing that I'm not alone--that I can make others (and myself) realize that we're more alike than we think. I kind of like that feeling.(less)
Leah Ferguson Um, I don't deal with writer's block very well at all, at first--if I can admit that without seeming like a big of a brat. I'm a big one for walking a…moreUm, I don't deal with writer's block very well at all, at first--if I can admit that without seeming like a big of a brat. I'm a big one for walking away from block and suddenly deciding to try a new recipe (with 47 new ingredients!), or to take the kids off for some adventure, or surfing the internet to discover if Kim Kardashian really did have plastic surgery. But I have found that if I just allow myself some minutes of silence (that does happen sometimes, yes?), the wall will open and the words will come. Usually this happens when I'm not in front of the computer, but rather when I'm doing something like driving, or holding my son before bed--something that forces me to slow down and concentrate on just the task at hand. Then my mind can unlock, in a way, and on I go.(less)
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Congratulations to Kate Muir for winning an advance reading copy of ALL THE DIFFERENCE. I am so excited that my former colleague (a fellow English teacher!) is the one to receive it. Kate, ATD is winding its way to you today. Happy reading, and thanks so much to all of you for supporting me! I’ll […] Read more of this blog post »
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