Leigh Attaway Wilcox is a Children’s Book Author, Freelance Editor & Writer, Small Business Owner and Homeschool Mom. Leigh’s love for writing actually began in childhood but received a surge of energy while teaching elementary students as a certified Elementary and Reading Recovery® Teacher.
Crafting stories paired with the motivation to get them published led Wilcox to involvement in local and international writers’ groups. As member of the of the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Wilcox has served as the NC/NE Texas Chapter Conference Co-Chair, Chapter Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. She also served as Secretary and as the Annual Conference Co-Chair and Newsletter Designer & Editor for the Trinity Writers’ Workshop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, Wilcox is a charter member of an online critique group, the Serendipity Sisters. Wilcox has served as a judge for Children’s Writing Contests and enjoys networking with other aspiring and published authors. With a deep appreciation for fantastic children’s literature, Wilcox loves sharing her excitement about reading and writing with young children in the community as often as possible.
Wilcox’s professionalism and passion for writing and editing are exemplified in numerous blogs and parenting magazines and have been showcased in various support group and club newsletters. Wilcox wrote weekly for the Dallas Morning News via the former Dallas Moms Blog on topics relating to raising children with special needs. She served as the Assistant Editor and then Editor in Charge for AutismSpot.com and frequently wrote about raising a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In 2012, Wilcox began homeschooling her Twice Exceptional son (who lives with Asperger’s Syndrome and is also considered Gifted & Talented). When it became clear that the public school system could not adequately meet his needs, together they began a new educational journey. Wilcox’s only regret is that they didn't begin homeschooling sooner!
Wilcox deeply enjoys learning and sharing about organic, natural and healthy living, which led to her discovery of Young Living Essential Oils. She teaches classes to instruct others about using Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for health and wellness and she enjoys owning her own Young Living Essential Oils small business. Learn more about Essential Oils on Wilcox’s oils websiste or at the Facebook page – Live Well Naturally with Young Living Essential Oils.
In recent years, Wilcox has been asked to speak on the local news regarding advocating for children with special needs and has received awards from advocacy organizations for her parenting and advocacy efforts. Wilcox also enjoys presenting and speaking at conferences on topics pertaining to her expertise and interests. Whether speaking or attending, Wilcox enjoys attending workshops, seminars, conferences and conventions.
Wilcox lives with her husband and son in North Texas. Her son is a constant source of writing inspiration. Wilcox enjoys gluten-free baking and cooking in her Texas-sized kitchen, but would prefer for someone else to clean up the mess!
Photo of Leigh Attaway Wilcox courtesy of Kelly Blankenship Photography.
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