Leah Fleming was born in Bolton, Lancashire to Scottish parents and now lives in a village farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales , married with four grown children, six grandchildren and a rescue dog. Many of her novels have their starting point among these limestone landscapes.
A full member of the RNA since 1995, she is also a former committee member and part of the team that set up the first Summer Conferences and the first Northern Chapter group for regional members.
She read English Language and Literature at Leeds University, becoming a teacher focusing on Adult Literacy. The move to the country led to new careers in catering as a café owner (not her brightest hour). She trained as a Relate Counsellor which led to setting up Counselling services in GP practices for the NHS. These life experiences inspired her into novel writing.
Her first attempt was short listed for the Lichfield Prize in 1993 leading to her first novel: DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFÉ. Shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year in 1996 and Pure Passion Award in 2010.
In 2012 THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER won the Prima Roma Prize for a novel in translation. Her historical novels have been translated into at least ten languages.
Her stories encompass wartime themes across Europe and America. THE GLOVEMAKERS DAUGHTER being her latest publication. When not writing she loves gardening, entering into village life and most of all annual visits to Crete which inspired THE GIRL UNDER THE OLIVE TREE.