“IN ANOTHER TIME is a glowing story of friendship, growth, and a steadfast first love as teenage Maisie negotiates the forests of the heart and of World War Two Scotland with equal determination.”
Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity
The fun one:
Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who moved to Texas for an adventure ten years ago. Her young adult novels, WAIT FOR ME and IN ANOTHER TIME are both set in Scotland during World War Two, and are published by Harper Teen. In addition to writing YA fiction, she blogs a lot, reads a lot, and almost always has an audiobook playing through her headphones. She lives in Houston with her husband and three children, and she can be found online at www.carolineleech.com and @carolinesblurb.
Credit: Priscilla Dickson Photograpy
The Serious One:
Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who has lived in Houston TX since 2007. She writes novels for teenagers, and her novels, WAIT FOR ME and IN ANOTHER TIME, were published in 2017 and 2018, in the USA by Harper Teen and in the UK by Harper Collins Children's Books. Set in Scotland during World War Two, WAIT FOR ME won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of both the Romance Writers of America Emily and Lone Star competitions. IN ANOTHER TIME was named a Junior Library Guild Pick in fall 2018. Caroline was also a featured author in the TXLA Spirit of Texas High School reading program 2019.
Caroline’s previous career in public relations with performing arts companies in the United Kingdom culminated with her editing a glossy photographic book, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA – THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS. She has written numerous feature articles on the performing arts in a number of newspapers and magazines here and in the UK. As well as her personal blog at www.carolineleech.com, Caroline founded a blog – www.inspiringhoustonwomen.com – for which she interviewed some of Houston’s remarkable women, each of whom nominated their own inspirational woman for Caroline to interview. She also serves on the advisory board of Inprint, Houston’s leading literary non-profit organization.
Caroline is married with three children.
“Caroline Leech’s WAIT FOR ME shines a beautifully written light on the precarious nature of love and war and asks its readers to believe, even when the hero doesn’t, that love can prevail. This is a book that makes you want to curl up with a cuppa and read straight through till the morning.”
Kathi Appelt, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Winner
NEWS & REVIEWS
Trade Reviews for WAIT FOR ME
“Clandestine meetings and stolen kisses will satisfy die-hard romantics” Kirkus Reviews, September 2016
“Historical fiction, forbidden romance and a coming-of-age tale combine into a memorable story.” School Library Journal, November 2016
“. . . a fast-flowing narrative that immerses readers . . .” School Library Journal, November 2016
“… delicious combinations of sighs, gasps, and swoons.… a satisfying happy ending." Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books - December 2016
“This quiet, matter-of-fact portrayal of life on the home front adds nuance to the usual tales of battle and heroism.” VOYA magazine, February 2017
“…the book is as satisfying as one of housekeeper Mrs. Mack’s delectable scones.” VOYA magazine, February 2017
Media coverage and Interviews with CAROLINE LEECH
PBS/Houston Public Media TV- COVER TO COVER (part of the Great American Read) - Episode 5 Love Stories - Panel discussion about what makes a good love story, and i read from ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell.
Intellectual Recreation - find out more about the historical background to IN ANOTHER TIME, and how I approached the task of distilling it into a novel - September 28th, 2018
NPR/Houston Public Media - Houston Matters program - Discussion panelist discussing favorite books for NPR's Great American Read program and Houston Public Media's Cover to Cover - September 10th, 2018
Classroom Connections/Caroline Starr Rose - interview about IN ANOTHER TIME, and about why historical fiction can help teachers teach history beyond the school textbook - September 7th, 2018
Adventures in YA Publishing - Interview about inspiration, ritual and revision - September 6th, 2018
NPR/Houston Public Media - Houston Matters program - radio interview on Houston Public Media - August 30th, 2018
Brazos Bookstore Blog - Interview with Joy Preble ahead of my IN ANOTHER TIME book launch - August 2018
To read/watch previous interviews, guest blogs and other coverage, click here.
News - PRE-ORDER GIFT! - to receive your specially illustrated map of my Scotland, just send me your IN ANOTHER TIME pre-order receipt; read about the Royal Air Force 100th birthday flypast over London and what to do when your writing project feels overwhelming.
News - WIN one of two advanced copies of my new book IN ANOTHER TIME, the audiobook of WAIT FOR ME is coming to the USA, Meet my Cover Designer, and WIN a copy of BROODING YA HERO who will help you avoid clichés in your writing.
News - Jessica Brockmole blurb for IN ANOTHER TIME, I go back to school, and Meet My Editor. Craft - Keep on Learning, History - Food rationing, and WIN Michael Noll's WRITER'S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION
News - Elizabeth Wein blurb for IN ANOTHER TIME, Audiobook for WAIT FOR ME, and Meet My Agent. Craft - Point of View, History - The Lumberjills, and WIN! - two copies of ROAD TO EUGENICA by AM Rose
"Caroline Leech brings to vivid life the green Scottish Highlands in this touching wartime historical romance. IN ANOTHER TIME enthralls with strong and compassionate characters. Maisie McCall is the heroine we all need!"
Jessica Brockmole, internationally bestselling author of Letters from Skye
"Compelling, moving and beautifully written, this extraordinary debut novel is rich with history, conflict and tension. The romance between the two main characters is delicious and quietly captured my heart. Caroline Leech is an exceptional storyteller.”
Sarah Alexander, author of The Art of Not Breathing
I love visiting schools, libraries, bookshops and book clubs. If you would like me to come and visit yours - in person or on Skype - please contact me via my Contact boxes below.
I am also putting together an Educator's Guide for WAIT FOR ME, to assist teachers of students grades 7-10. More information coming on here soon. In the meantime, please email me for further details.
“Wait for Me is a delicately written love story with a gorgeously evoked setting, an intrepid heroine, and a knee-weakening romance. This book is not to be missed.”
Anne Blankman, author of The Prisoner of Night and Fog series and Traitor Angels
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“A sweetly engaging and richly authentic historical romance set in WWII Scotland, Caroline Leech’s debut YA, WAIT FOR ME, charms and satisfies. A heart-warming page turner and a fine addition to any shelf.”
Joy Preble, Children’s Specialist at Brazos Bookstore, and author of the bestselling Dreaming Anastasia series,
The Sweet Dead Life, Finding Paris, and It Wasn’t Always Like This.