Revising Leah

About Me

J.M. Reep writes and teaches writing in Texas.  He is the author of two young adult novels:  Leah (1996) and The Spring (2008).

This blog is documented my writing and revision process as I attempted to bring Leah back into print.


leah-front-coverLeah. Introverted and shy, 14-year-old Leah Nells has lived her life alone, with only books to keep her company. As she starts 9th grade, she finds herself lost within the complicated social universe of high school — especially when she falls in love with a boy from her class. Under pressure from her parents, her classmates, and the whole noisy world, can she become the girl she wants to be? Get a free copy of the book here.

front-coverThe Spring tells the story of eight friends approaching the end of their senior year of high school. Preparing for graduation should be an exciting time, but as they look forward to college, fall in and out of love, and just try to survive their last days of high school, they discover the old bonds of friendship that held them together are falling apart. Can their teenage friendships survive their final steps toward adulthood? It’s a little bit angsty, a little bit funny, a little bit philosophical, and a little bit romantic. You can read some a sample or download the entire novel for free here.

My stories aspire more to Salinger than Rowling. They’re more in line with Joan of Arcadia than Gossip Girls, more in tune with The Smiths than The Jonas Brothers.



  1. Your writing continues to be most interesting and even though I live alone I find my day gets away from me often as stated in todays post from your weblog. I hope that you continue to share your thoughts and ideas.

    Best regards,
    Annie O.

    Comment by Annie Overton — June 2, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

  2. Okay, have to read them both, and I’m a fellow Texan! Although I live in Utah. And I’m more Joan and the Smiths too. So this sounds great.
    How can I get a copy of Leah? My daughter and I would both love to read it.

    Comment by legendoftheprotectors — January 7, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  3. EEK! Okay, after I’ve given you my “How-To” in querying an agent, I discover you’ve already been published. Oops. Well, that’s why I keep my feet candy-coated. I always wind up with one in my mouth.

    Congrats on your success!

    Comment by pprmint777 — July 15, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Ha ha! It’s fine. I’ve approved your comments. Thank you for commenting, and feel free to drop by my new blog if you’d like.

    Comment by J.M. Reep — July 15, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

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