A little about Anna Leigh Keaton, hmm? Where to start…?
I’m almost 40, though I claim to be 29, and even some of my family is starting to believe it. I guess when they get older, they forget how old they were when I was born, since I’m the youngest of 10 kids, and I’m 10 ½ years younger than my youngest sibling. Can you say OOPS?
My real name is Leanne Karella, and though I wrote the same books under that name as I do my pseudonym of Anna Leigh, my books never sold, which tells me there is something to a name. Funny, I never disliked Leanne. So now I happily answer to either name, and write and try to keep my professional life as Anna Leigh.
I could bore you with the details of my life, but let’s just say… Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Married, divorced, met current (and final) husband online, moved with my two-year-old daughter to Ontario, Canada after a two-year long-distance relationship, and married my wonderful husband. (Hope you’re not real good with math there.) After four years of marriage, we moved from the east coast to Beautiful British Columbia, and I fell in love with everything about the Pacific Northwest. I love the weather, the people, the food. This is definitely home to me now.
When it comes to writing and eating, I write romance, and I’m all about meat and veggies. And coffee. I love coffee!
I’m a diabetic with polycystic ovaries, who has dealt with weight issues my entire life. I underwent open heart surgery in October 2013 to fix a congenital heart defect, and my journey now that I feel so much better (after getting the hole in my heart patched) is to lose another 50 lbs to get to a truly healthy weight – and hopefully before I go to Mexico in 2015. From my heaviest, I’ve lost 80lbs so far.
I follow what I call a modified Atkins diet. Modified because I stay lower fat than his teachings – yep, I’ve read the books, and have nothing against the diet if it works for you. I have also done the Ideal Protein diet, which I had to modify because of my other health issues, but it helped me get off the last 40 lbs so I could have my surgery, when I couldn’t go to the gym and work out, because I tore a tendon in my shoulder that took 2 years to heal.
Although I say I “follow” a diet, I’m not neurotic about it. I LOVE food. I LOVE to eat. And I LOVE to try new things. I try to keep a nice balance between eating both out and in very healthy and losing weight, and enjoying my food. I love cooking, and love finding new products that make my healthy cooking even healthier and yummier, and I can’t wait to share it with you!