Leigh PodgorskiCountry: United States
BiographyI am an award winning playwright and screen writer who began writing novels in 2010 with my debut novel THE WOMEN DEBROWSKA, the story of a family interwoven with 250 years of Polish history and the indomitable spirit of the Polish people.
"...Very beautiful, powerful, and deeply touching...Besides that... it is a love letter to Poland..." M. Serra
"When the plane crashed...carrying the Polish statesmen...I felt as if they were brethren of mine. Ms. Podgorski's saga told the story of Polish history in a way that made its memories mine." C Herron
"The story is powerful and heartbreaking, and at heart, a love story..." Jackie Maxwell
"Flowing with great energy and speed..." G White
"... a saga of love, inter-generational (and international) family affairs, and history..." Douglas Glenn Clark
…DEBROWSKA was followed by OURAY’S PEAK, a coming age novel that follows the journey of Kristin Tabor as she treks cross-country journey to find her mother, and eventually, her heart.
2012 saw the publication of the first two books of the Stone Quest Series: DESERT CHIMERA and GALLOWS ASCENDING which follow the journey of recluse, tracker, and reluctant psychic visionary Luke Stone, and take the reader deep within Luke's paranormal universe. NEURI SHAPE-SHIFTER, the third book was completed in 2014.
I have had the privilege to interview two strong influential women and to write about them.
WINDSTORM is a one-act play about Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross detailing the moment in her life after LIFE magazine did a story on her and her patient Eva who was dying of leukemia. Dr. Kubler Ross was the only doctor at the University of Chicago who had the courage to talk to patients about death, and it almost ended her career. As she ventured deeper into this realm, as she told me in my 1985 interview, she began to have visions, and saw one of her patients outside her office. However, that patient had already passed on. Dr. Ross told me it was her dying patients who taught her not how to die, but how to live.
While producing the play festival CelebrateWomen, the other great woman I interviewed was Cahuilla elder Katherine Siva Saubel. Dr. Saubel, like Dr Ross, was a great healer, and a great visionary. She could call the wind by whistling for it to blow down from the mountains to cool the steaming valley below. From her oral history, I wrote first the play WE ARE STILL HERE; then, as a recipient of a California Council for the Humanities grant, I adapted the play for a documentary of the same title.
"The film also portrays the Creation mythology of the Cahuilla, performed by a Native American cast, which is well done and sustains viewer interest. There are a lot of important ideas and traditions illuminated here. [The]film [s] will be appreciated by history buffs, students of Native American history, and general viewers.--Margaret B. Miller, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion"--Library Journal Review.
I have recently completed my first love story, WESTERN SONG, which will be released by Solstice Publishing this spring. Currently, I am working on AMARA a Broadway murder mystery set in 1949, which will be followed by the fourth book in the STONE QUEST series: REDEMPTION: THE FINAL RECKONING
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