Andrew Leon writes fantasy fiction with a twist. Aimed at young adult and adult audiences, Andrew’s novels and stories are flavored with dark, horror, or quirky comic elements. Reviewers have described Andrew’s writing as “Spielbergian,” “great dark fantasy,” and “whimsical, surreal, and downright funny.” Andrew enjoys incorporating elements from both pop culture and nerd culture into his work: “These influences were important in shaping my childhood imagination.” References to Star Wars, D&D, Lord of the Rings, and Legos often pop up in his writing. The authors he strives to emulate most? “Neil Gaiman, C.S. Lewis, and Mary Doria Russell inspire me with their mastery of character and world-building.”
Since publishing his first novel, The House on the Corner, in 2011, Andrew has released several works of various lengths, including Shadow Spinner, a dark fantasy for a YA+ audience, and the Angels Unbound series, dark fantasy with erotic elements which is very much for adults. His current serialized fiction project is Day One, a near-future apocalypse-themed work which follows a teenage girl living in Louisiana in 2018 in the aftermath of the Trump presidency. In addition, Andrew is working on a stand-alone novel planned for 2018 release titled The Ravelled Man, and a collaborative novel on the topic of dragons with Bryan Pedas.
The realistic portrayal of kids and teenagers in Andrews YA works is informed by his fifteen years as a youth pastor and substitute high school teacher, as well as the experience of watching his own children grow up. “I wanted to write kids with their own individual voices. No perfect kids and no kids who conveniently forget there are adults around. Kids fight and are annoying and they have emotional dramas. At least, the ones I know do!”
Andrew lives in coastal Northern California with his wife and three kids, who now range in age from early teens through college. Transplanted from Louisiana two decades ago, he appreciates the natural beauty, climate, food, and diverse culture of his adopted home. His passions include gaming, politics, and the Oxford comma.