A life lived without passion is no life at all. In a strange twist, however, I'm passionate about other people's passions. So I write historical fiction! High tides in epic events led to hopeless choices, desperate plans, and untenable love. Common people in incredible circumstances drive me to read, write, and dream about their lives! Come, join me!


October 15, 2019

You closed your laptop and turned your back on writing. 

Over the weeks, months, years, you worked through churning emotions. 

Powerful things, those emotions. I won’t call them bad. Nor are they good. They just are. They’re with you, sometimes the...

September 10, 2019

You’ve been writing your first work like a crazy woman or a madman, and suddenly, you wonder what happens next.

Doubt in your writing is like cruising your bike along a trail and someone shoving an iron rod through the spokes. Or thinking the earth...

August 13, 2019

We want more from ourselves.

I mash the remote to watch someone make chocolate cake with chocolate chunks, chocolate frosting, and chocolate candles.

I’m on the couch and reach for the Peanut M&Ms on the coffee table. I drop the remote. Argh. I lean...

July 30, 2019

We like to think writing is a solitary, confined activity. However, with a toddler on one arm, someone talking in another ear, and a Cheshire cat on the keyboard tapping 45,835 pages of the letter ‘M,’ writing is hectic.

And then the teamwork begins...

July 23, 2019

If you were to make a hierarchy of important things in a person’s life, where would you put writing a life-changing novel compared to watching the telly? 

Hovering with wings on one shoulder, dressed in white and wearing a golden circlet, a figure whi...

June 25, 2019

How cool must you be to market your books? Rockstar status would be nice. That means ripped skinny jeans and an awesome hairstyle for the dudes, and clothing optional for the ladies. Add an awesome gig, and you’ll sell. However, showing up to keynote...

October 1, 2018

Book 3 in the western series, Dakota Sunrise, is scheduled for release Spring 2019! 

I appreciate the more than hundred or so notes encouraging me to finish, all from my publisher. The other hundreds from readers, you're why I write! Thanks for reachi...

September 11, 2018

The ground around us rumbled as his anger shook the building. “It’s all against us.” He bemoaned so loudly, people at the writer’s conference dove under tables and ducked under sturdy door frames.

“I don’t understand.” I gripped a nearby support bea...

August 13, 2018

I labored to create a writing career.

As I climbed the ladder of writing success, the view above was surprisingly uninspiring—someone’s backside.

I let go of the rungs and found another ladder. After climbing a few steps, I found another posterior—...

July 9, 2018

I’m typing this blog with one hand. Because of an incident.

The incident involved a 41-year-old active male, a city-league softball game, a pop fly to left field, a mitt on a left hand, a fence to mark the boundaries of a homerun, a leftfielder with...

Please reload

Our Recent Posts


Please reload

Please reload


Please reload

Peter Leavell

©2017 by Peter Leavell. Proudly created with