Born in Colorado, McLeod-Kearns is a novelette/short story author whose work is largely based on her experiences with trauma nursing and loss. Finding solace in writing from adolescence, McLeod-Kearns was constantly practicing her craft, unable to shake the dream of becoming an author. Although this wouldn’t happen for many years, writing was always a part of her life; whether it was a brief teenage reporting career or journaling throughout nursing school, her passion for the written word has only gotten stronger with time.
Becoming a nurse in 1984, McLeod-Kearns dedicated her time and energy to saving lives. Being the sole provider for her family, her full-time schedule kept her from writing but kept the electricity on. Her work in trauma and emergency medicine has taken her through some of the largest hospitals in the nation while undoubtedly exposing her to just about everything. Nursing has given her the priceless gift of life experience, something that acts as the inspiration for many of her writings.
Following a work related injury that ended her nursing career in 2009, McLeod-Kearns was given the opportunity to continue pursuing her passion for writing. This time led to the self-publication of her first novelette, Carnations Never Wilt. Carnations marked the beginning of the ten part series, 30 Minutes or Less, composed of novelettes designed to be read in a half an hour or less. Along with the series, McLeod-Kearns has found success through her blog, I’ll Bring the Coffee. Coffee reaches over 100,000 people each week from all around the world. Covering topics ranging from the heart wrenching pain of loss to the joys of parenthood, it provides people with a place to talk about things that aren’t usually talked about.
The people she has seen and the lives she has touched along the way has provided her with a unique yet relatable outlook on humanity. These experiences have given her the voice to speak about life’s hardships and losses that can be understood by people from any walk of life. Aside from writing, McLeod-Kearns enjoys spending time with her three boys, gardening, Netflix and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She resides in Central California and has become a contributing writer for Things Women Want & FOE magazines. An eleventh novelette is due in Spring of 2016.