About the Author

Leo CravenI grew up on a horse ranch in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, near mountains, trees and not too far away from the ocean.  During my youth, I discovered a great fondness for movies, comic books and the written works of J.R.R. Tolkien & Bram Stoker.

Throughout my life, I have ventured into many forms of writing including music, poetry and short stories.  Every time I begin to put words down on paper or a computer screen, I find myself instantly creating a movie inside of my mind.  As a result, my goal has never been to just write, but rather to tell stories in a way that would make them “screen friendly”.

Recently, I decided it was time to take my passion for story telling public.  While some of my past work (poetry, song writing) will be showcased on this website, my primary focus now is to bring to life the heroes, heroines and villains that have long existed in my dreams.

The reason I chose “Fiction without Apology” as the caption on my home page is because I believe too often, society would have us apologizing or feeling guilty for our dark thoughts, sexual fantasies and our desire to believe that there’s more to the world than what can be seen on the internet or through the news.  I will not hesitate to include sex or violence in my stories if it complements the characters or theme.  However, it will always be with the purpose of bringing to life a more vivid depiction within the story and not just for shock value or some quick, sugary-sweet verbal fix.

In parting, allow me to extend to you my favorite saying from the business world, “caviat emptor”, or in this case, as the guest on my website, “let the reader beware.”

Sincerely,

Leo Craven

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20 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. I love the web site Leo, it looks fantastic. I will certainly be back to read the first three chapters of your HE series.

  2. I love your caption and philosophy when it comes to your writing. It is sad when society judges writers for the world they create or readers for the worlds they enjoy reading about. I think that I will enjoy reading your work very much.

  3. Thanks for following me. Feel free to drop by and partake of my written madness anytime. I will do the same. From what I have seen so far you seem to have a unique gift with words and an imagination that was born of the same dark intrigue as my own. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing what is in store for both of us in this shadow filled existence.

    JMC

  4. Hi Leo. Have enjoyed reading your work on your blog – it ticks many boxes for what we consider a great read! We would be happy to feature it on our review site at areadersreview blog. Just let me know if you are interested. Tina 🙂

    • Thank you very much Tina; I originally used my blog as a way to work through the drafts of several chapters of my upcoming book “Hallows End” which I plan to release on Friday the 13th in December; once my book has been released I’m planning to return to my blog and begin posting more short stories. So, not sure my blog is “review worthy” at this time (although I truly appreciate your offer), but I’ll be sure to connect with you once my book is nearing completion;)

  5. Thanks for following me on Twitter. I tried to follow back but it tells me I can’t follow anyone else at this time. As soon as it will allow me to I will hit the follow button once again and return the follow.

  6. Hey Leo, I wanna let you know how much I appreciate all the likes you send my way to Written in Blood. I usually try to reciprocate, but it’s hard to find new posts on your blog that I haven’t liked already. So, I wanted to let you know that I added your site to my Blogroll. Hopefully that will bring in some more visitors for you. Not that you need the help-your site is already awesome.

    • Thank you very much! I had to take a short “leave” from my writing for the last few months (promotion at work), but I’m about to get back into posting some more material shortly.

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