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From the time Lea Scott picked up her first crayon, creative writing has been one of her lifelong passions. Her mother’s cupboards are filled with self-illustrated books and stories penned from an early age. Other random life skills she has gained along the way include the ability to bait her own fishhook and shoot with a deadly aim…

With a degree majoring in Commerce, with studies in Communications and English Literature, and a PhD in Creative Writing underway, Lea could be coined a true ‘creative accountant’. Lea founded her lengthy accounting career in Insolvency – an area steeped in corporate crime. During this time, she faced adversaries both in court and at the end of a gun barrel. Occasional threats of bodily harm came with the job. This experience first whetted Lea’s appetite for crime stories. Lea was appointed to an executive role on the board of the Queensland Writers Centre in 2012 and gives up some of her valuable writing time to voluntarily serve QWC’s vision, which is for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. She has also become involved in some of the training programs that QWC runs for authors at various stages QWC Writers Surgeryof their career and has been a guest speaker at seminars in Brisbane and regional Queensland, sharing her writing experiences and knowledge to inspire and assist writers to publish and market their own work. Lea also has the honour of being a mentor to budding writers under QWC’s ‘Writers Surgery’ program. Click on the icon to find out more about this fabulous program.

The supernatural element in her first novel, The Ned Kelly Game, is inspired by an interest in paranormal forces, which stems from her own experiences of perception and clairvoyance. With an interest in psychology and the delicate balance of the mind, Lea intends to continue to deliver Australian crime novels and suspense thrillers that explore the many facets of the human psyche.  Her second novel, Eclipsed, lives up to this promise. It is a psychological thriller with mafia undertones, which delves into the spiralling demise that anger and revenge can wreak on the personality.  Her latest thriller, ‘One for All’ is a story about how far one person will go for family. One for All is the first book in a new crime series featuring sassy risk-taking undercover detective Sol Ramirez, who has only ever had one burning agenda as she climbed the U.S. police ranks – to track down the men who gunned down her parents and trafficked her as a teen. The second book in the series is due out early next year where Sol helps another family take on an illegal adoption ring.

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You wouldn’t believe some of the things a girl has to do in the name of research! The writing of One for All took Lea from plunging into steep aerobatic manoeuvres in a WWII war plane to traversing the rough Brazilian seas in a creaky boat, and riding a horse through the parched Arizona desert. She believes that experiencing her scenes helps her to write about them much more authentically for her readers.

Lea resides between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia and while not writing, she divides her time between exploring other parts of the world and spending time with friends and family. While she still wets a line from time to time, the only birds Lea likes to shoot these days are the clay-pigeon type.


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