According to Kirkus Reviews, LeAnn Neal Reilly writes novels "about resilient women caught in magical, otherworldly circumstances." She grew up in the Midwest, migrated east to Pittsburgh for graduate school, and then migrated even farther east to the Boston suburbs where by day she raises three children. In the slivers of time that she calls her own, she writes novels. It's a tough job, and most days she forgets to don her tights.
Her first novel, "The Mermaid's Pendant," reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen/Disney fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" as a contemporary fantasy in which the mermaid learns to live happily ever after as a human wife and mother in the suburbs.
Her second novel, "Saint Sebastian's Head," uses the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, a favorite among medieval and Renaissance artists, as a metaphor for the suffering that the protagonist, a woman nicknamed Weeble, must endure and overcome.
"The Last Stratiote" is her third novel.