Leigh Paulk grew up in Iowa and Minnesota with her younger brother and sister, but she lived in the mysteries and romantic suspense stories of her favorite authors, including Agatha Christie, John D. MacDonald, Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Sue Grafton. Leigh majored in English at St. Olaf College. During college, she had humor pieces published in Seventeen magazine.
Leigh moved to Los Angeles after graduation. She interned at Buzz magazine and wrote web site content for Metrolight Studios while she waited tables at restaurants and clubs. During her checkered waitstaff career, she served drinks at a few upscale L.A. strip joints, including one where a real-life murder mystery resulted in the incarceration of the clubs’ owners. When life started to feel like a modern-day Raymond Chandler novel, Leigh escaped to Phoenix and worked for Philosophy cosmetics.
Leigh attended law school at Vanderbilt University. She got married, had her first child, worked on Vanderbilt Law Review, received the Stanley D. Rose Memorial Book Award for excellence in legal writing, and graduated with honors. Leigh became a litigator based in Austin where she still resides with her husband, her son and daughter, and one dog. She hasn’t experienced any real-life murder mysteries in Austin (to the best of her knowledge) but prefers reading and writing them, anyway.