Lea Love was born in 1970 on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia. Her birth, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, made her feel like instant nobility. As a child, she was a tomboy and rarely sat still. There were oceans and lakes and rivers to swim, rocks to find, trees to climb, flowers to pick and games to be played. Her favorite being spy.
In fifth grade, she had a cruel teacher who made her read selected books from a list. Being the rebellious child that she was, she hated every moment of it and was completely turned off from reading. Luckily, in sixth grade, she was asked to write her own book. With that came her debut novella on wishes. All of the wishes were for candy. By seventh grade she’d forgotten how much she hated reading, when she was introduced to Judy Blume, Sweet Dreams and Sweet Valley High novels. Her favorite classes in High School were P.E. and Creative Writing.
Lea graduated and studied child psychology at college for two years, but her young free-spirited self dreamt of travel and adventure. She lived for half a year in Mexico, then went on a spur-of-the-moment backpacking trip to Hawaii. That’s where all the beauty and trouble began.
Lea Love is a writer and has worked for Mother Tongue Ink as part of the production and editing team of We’Moon, the international datebook of art and writing. She’s lectured on domestic violence at universities, participated in the Human Library Organization as a featured writer, volunteered for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and is a member of PEN Canada and the Federation of BC Writers. She has lived in Canada, Hawaii and mainland United States. She currently resides at her lake cottage in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.