Annette V. Leach
Annette V. Leach built her career in advertising as a copywriter, creative director, and marketing consultant. She learned the art of the selling by writing provocative print, radio, and television ads for beer, fried chicken, cars—even the CIA. Advertising was a glamorous field that paid talented writers good money. After nine years of collecting creative awards and moving up the ranks to Creative Director, Annette decided it was time to write where her true passion lay - books.
She began by founding the Black Literary Club (BLC) in 1994, the first mail order book club devoted to the dissemination of African American, African and Caribbean literature. The success of BLC garnered interest from Bertelsmann AG who hired her as a business consultant for the development of their Black Expressions Book Club.
Annette became a regular at several writers’ workshops in Brooklyn and Manhattan and published a short story, "Tima and the Quetzalcoatl," in Voices of Brooklyn: Anthology of Writings from the Women of Color Writer's Workshop in 2000. It was in 2005 that she made the permanent commitment to writing.
In 2010 Annette finished her novel, Song of the Shaman, set in 1899 in an indigenous settlement in Costa Rica and in present day Brooklyn. Currently, she is working on a second novel and a screenplay. A graduate of the New School, she lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two sons.
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