Author | Professor

My Story

I am a writer, primarily of historical fiction.  My favorite descriptions of my books are "inspirational," "vibrant cast of characters," "fun dialog" and "solid plot." 


In addition to writing, I serve on the faculty of Lipscomb University's College of Business in Nashville, Tennessee.​

This website shares author and book information, but it also includes course content that serves as a resource for students in my undergraduate classes. If you're looking for career inspiration, consider that content a free gift.

I hope my story, my books and my teaching help kindle hope and light fires in others.

Book Reviews

“Leanne Smith hits all the right notes in her debut novel, Leaving Independence. She sucks the reader into the mystery at the heart of the story...but it’s the deeply compelling characters and the rich historical setting that grab hold and won’t let go. This is master storytelling at its finest. I can’t wait to be transported by Smith’s next work.”


author of Bohemian Gospel and The Devil’s Bible, Pegasus Books


The joy of the journey...

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