Darren R. Leo is a writer, wanderer, speaker, and teacher. He likes the oxford comma, Annie Dillard, good beer, getting lost, and the beauty of the world around us. After a successful and award winning career in the hotel industry that included executive positions with some of the world's leading hospitality companies, he went for a very long walk on the Appalachian Trail.
Upon returning, he achieved an MFA in Fiction and wrote a novel. The Trees Beneath Us will be released by Stark House Press in June, 2015. Darren's short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals, and he was shortlisted for a Pushcart nomination. He is busy working on the next book.
Darren has been a state champion wrestler, ran a sub three hour marathon (he was a bit thinner), raced road and mountain bikes, once led an unbolted 5.12, skied most of North America's major resorts, served in the U.S. Army infantry, fell out of a plane a few times, visited 49 states (Alaska, he's coming), was one of the youngest vice presidents at the world's 2nd largest hotel company, designed award winning training programs, made and lost a lot of money, and he can cook a mean jambalaya.
He also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, severe depression, has survived two suicide attempts, and endured the death of his oldest son.
Writer seemed like the obvious pursuit.
He applies all his experiences to his writing and speaking, bringing a wry wit to painful circumstances and the hopefulness that comes with the wisdom of lessons hard learned.
These days, he still climbs the occasional mountain and loves being deep in the forest with just his pack. He lives in New England with five cats, three dogs, two teenagers, a rabbit, and a very patient woman who heads his extraction team.