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With strong encouragement from the composition professor to write, her college education began to change paths. Leisa focused her writing in the creative non-fiction genre as well as playwriting. She spent two of her college years learning Gaelic (with a twitching eye) and focusing on Irish authors Samuel Beckett and James Joyce-- including one semester working on The Gathering Project: A Collection of Irish Oral Histories. Leisa started her memoir Early Out, in an independent study course with the professor who originally encouraged her to write. She earned a B.A. in English, creative writing, and a minor in Irish studies in May of 2011 with her very proud family cheering her on.
With that major goal accomplished, Leisa began writing special interest stories online about Montana indie musicians with www.MakeItMissoula.com where her first story was published. From that job she received another, publishing an article about the Lou Erck family for the Montana Bluegrass Association, A Jamboree Family. The article was featured on Make It Missoula as well.
With her passion for indie artists growing, and a need for an author’s platform, she decided to build a website www.IndieItPress.com, which focuses on indie artists and hopefully gives back to other readers and artists as well. Some of her excerpts from Early Out can be found on Indie It Press.
Currently she continues to work on Early Out, work for a photography and publishing company, raise her daughter, and be a support for her two older sons, son-in-law, and father, as well as plan her upcoming wedding. Life for her is busy, full, and a gift.
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