Hi, I’m Lia London.
Contrary to what Google says, I’m not an international airport or some award granted in the UK. I’m a multi-genre writer, mostly because I can’t pick one I like best. In addition, I am the founder and chief admin of Flinch Free Fiction, a network of over 3700 independent authors. Writers, click here to join us in our Facebook group. (This was formerly called Clean Indie Reads.)
The formative years of my childhood were spent living in Scotland with summer jaunts to the Continent to visit places of historical and natural renown. I love ancient ruins as much as Renaissance magnificence, and the forbidding coasts of the North Sea as much as the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps. All of these places fired my imagination at an early age and have stayed with me over the decades.
Our family settled in Oregon for my teen and college years, during which time my primary emphases in life were singing and acting. I’ve had my share of standing ovations, but always knew that it takes the whole company–backstage included–to make a production glorious. Those were also years where my love of script writing grew; after many comic sketches for school assemblies, etc., I was commissioned to write a musical for Children’s Educational Theater in Salem, Oregon. The fun of being on the story-making side of the equation definitely grabbed my heart.
I spent a year and a half in Guatemala, serving as a humanitarian missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We focused on cholera prevention, literacy, and hospital care. The optimism and big-heartedness of the Guatemalans in the face of so many dire consequences of poverty and civil unrest inspired me and helped reset my priorities to focus on others over self.
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. After a brief teaching career (high school and private language institute), I returned to the hearth to raise and home school my two kids. In 2011, I wrote my first novel, and then I was hooked. When not writing, I’m reading, teaching, practicing martial arts (2nd degree black belt), or attacking that mound of laundry that refuses to fold itself. My loud, booming laugh often surprises my pets, and my hair never looks as good as my author shot in real life.
I wish I could travel all around the world encouraging people in all their worthy endeavors and then come home each night to curl up with a good book.