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Leanna Floyd has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and her love for helping others is at the forefront of her work. She has worked firsthand with murderers, psychopaths, narcissists, and borderlines while working in a Florida prison. In this setting, she explored the minds of notorious killers and obtained an insider’s view of their secrets as they recounted their darkest hours. Her debut novel, Over the Borderline, was loosely inspired by significant and tragic experiences in Leanna’s life that had a huge impact on her. More specifically, there are two main experiences that forever changed her life and her view of the human mind. The first was when Leanna worked at a local Florida prison. It was in this prison setting that she would encounter her first stalker, be trapped in a room alone and encircled by a large group of male inmates, and have an inmate, who was pending an early release, threaten to kill her. Since this was her job and required training for her doctoral degree, quitting was not an option. Driving to the prison each day knowing that she had a death sentence over her head was torture. It was in this setting that the idea of understanding the mind of a killer really started to become a central focus of her study.
The second life changing experience was the heinous murder of her cousin. Sitting through the trial was one of the most difficult things in her life. She remembers vividly all of the details and photographs shown. After the trial started and the gory details of her cousin’s death were revealed, Leanna recalls her aunts and grandmother softly sobbing and the judge asking them to leave the courtroom so that their crying would not impact the jurors. She remembers the huge lump in her throat as she tried to remain strong for them, forcing her own tears and quivering lips to be still. She had a job to do at the trial--to support her family. When the trial was over, she found her voice in writing. Like the prison experience, she had to hold in her emotions in an attempt to be professional and to project an image of confidence and strength. Writing gave her a voice that had once been silenced. Writing allowed her to have control and, in some way, make sense of the pain and terrifying events that she had to endure. These experiences, the murder of her cousin and working in a prison, influenced the first novel of her series, Over the Borderline.
Leanna lives in the Sunshine State, Florida, with her husband, a retired major league baseball player (Gavin Floyd), and their two young boys. She spends her spare time event planning for friends and family, pursuing her love for photography, traveling, providing philanthropy, and writing.
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