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Author, poet and inventor R. Leland Waldrip put aside computer software engineering to spend full time playing his artistic side.

Background Information

Leland was born in 1936 in northern Mississippi, the first of three sons and a daughter of Ralph and Edith, grew up in a farm environment with abundant access to outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing. After two years Army service, in 1961 he married and migrated to northern Virginia, became the father of three daughters and a graduate of American University (B.S./Public Administration and computer studies) in Washington, D.C.  He spent ten years as a travelling hardware salesman and thirty-two years as a computer software engineer. Outdoor adventures at every opportunity helped prepare him for work as a full time author, poet and inventor. The rigid disciplines required for designing logic for large, complex computer software systems brings a particularly elegant style to his novels. Vibrant descriptions of predator and prey, perpetrator and victim, hunter and quarry come from the perspective of his life-long passion for observing the nature of animals and people and the environments they inhabit. Whether they are outdoor adventures set in wilderness, realistic science fiction set in small western town and countryside, or medical thriller set in glass, steel and concrete of the city, his characters come to life — and embroider unique stories with vivid color, dialog and action. He and his second wife Linda live near the Rappahannock River in northern Virginia where they spend time fishing, camping, hiking with their Jack Russell Terriers, hunting, observing nature and communicating these passions to readers through novel prose and poetry.

Birth Place
Saltillo, MS USA

I hold US Patents in the fields of solar energy, sporting goods and beverage containers. My poetry appears in four anthologies. I have published four full length novels, a children's picture book and two collections of my poetry.

Additional Information is my associated web site that describes my work. For purchases, use,, Borders or Barnes and Noble. NOVELS: The Last Grizzly (Dorrance Publishing Co.), Anasazi Harvest, a Sci Fi original set in New Mexico. Vigilante Virus is a medical thriller set in and around the nation's Capitol, and GRIZ NIGHTMARE, a thriller set in Montana. These were published by Rappahannock Books. EXERCISE MANUAL: WALKERCISE, a unique body-building process CHILDRENS PICTURE BOOK: Russells In The Leaves Features the authorís Jack Russell Terriers on a woods trip. POETRY COLLECTIONS: "Satin Verses," "100 Sensible Reflections." GRIZ NIGHTMARE, the latest novel by R. Leland Waldrip has won a Certificate of Merit from Writer's Digest in 2000. It is a unique tale said to keep its readers awake late into the night. It brings a young manís passionate attempt to return his traumatized life to normalcy into relief against new and unforseen stark realities. The fast-paced story of what happens to Jim Wilson on the way to find a cure for old phobias -- how he deals with even harsher replacement nightmares keeps the pages turning as the clock tick, tick, ticks . . .

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Rappahannock Books
7004 Tapps Ford Rd. 
Amissville VA 20106   USA
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