Lee Welch wrote her first novel (an unpublished pastiche of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, with pictures) when she was seven, and first had an idea for an m/m romance aged about twelve. When she’s not writing, she loves reading: fantasy, history, romance, biography, fairy tales, literary fiction, comics, and children’s books. She’ll read the back of a cereal packet if there’s nothing else.
She studied ancient history at Auckland University and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. She’s traveled widely and lived in several different cities. She’s worked in areas as diverse as mental health, nursing, accident prevention, and the justice sector. The worst job she ever had was as an archivist of body parts (yes, that’s a job). The cushiest job she’s had was being a “mystery guest” for the Youth Hostel Association, traveling around Europe, writing reviews of different youth hostels. But writing novels is even better than that.
She lives on top of a hill in Wellington, New Zealand, with her family and the neighbor’s cat, who is forever inviting himself in. Lee can’t say no to cats. By day she works as an editor and business communications adviser, mainly persuading people not to say “utilize” when they mean “use.”
By night she writes escapist fantasies, mostly m/m romances, often with magic in them. She loves crumbling mansions, cavernous libraries, mysterious curses and handsome magicians.
Her favorite authors include Ursula Le Guin, Graham Greene, and KJ Charles. She also loves comics, horses, long walks, anything with tentacles, and red wine.
When Lee’s not writing, she can be found on Facebook and Twitter, where one of her favorite hashtags is #folklorethursday. She loves talking about books and writing and pretty much anything else. She hopes you’ll come and say hi. Find her at www.leewelchwriter.com