Leigh Kramer worked as a medical social worker, including hospice and pediatric hematology/oncology, for several years before trading her social work career for the love of spreadsheets and organization. She is a voracious reader (truly), Irish Breakfast tea devotee, and loyal White Sox fan. A STORIED LIFE is her first novel.
My name is Leigh Kramer, and I’m living life on purpose. I’m reveling in the now.
It’s an easy thing to say, sure, but it’s taken everything I have to make it happen. And I’m still learning. This blog is where I map out my journey and keep track of where I am now, without getting lost in the before or after.
I’m a Midwesterner by birth and breeding, and moved from the Chicago suburbs to Nashville on a leap of faith in 2010. A year later, I quit my job to better chase my dream of writing. Before that, I worked as a medical social worker and grief counselor, in hospice and pediatric hematology/oncology. As if that wasn't enough adventure, in June 2015, I uprooted my life once more and headed to San Francisco, a city I'd never so much as visited before. It all came a full Midwestern circle when I moved to the Twin Cities in October 2016, then back to Tennessee by way of Knoxville in December 2018. I finally returned to Chicagoland in June 2020. I work as an executive assistant and write on the side.
My first novel A Storied Life released in June 2018. It explores love and loss through the eyes of Olivia, an art gallery owner with a secret and an understandable grudge against most of her family. When her grandmother and only ally is diagnosed with terminal cancer, nothing will ever be the same.
In my current now, I write: about what I'm reading, about the Enneagram, about singleness and relationships, about grief and joy and everything in between. We are always in between. I want to stop living for the next, and revel in the now.
I’m a life-long White Sox fan, a connoisseur of fried pickles, proud book nerd, and a great listener. I ask the hard questions – of others and myself, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the answers those questions brought. I have a long list of things I want to do in life, and I plan on doing them, on purpose.
Note: I am not accepting advanced review copies of books and will not respond to emails about unsolicited books.
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