Thursday, September 29, 2016

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. 

When asked to define 'great', he said, 

"I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!" 

He now works for Apple, writing error messages.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Anybody want to READ?

I've started a short-listed Reader's Inner Circle for keen readers and reviewers to get deep discounts or free review copies of my books!

Please go here:

to sign up - spaces are limited!


Monday, September 19, 2016


More than 1600 people requested "Evanescent" on GoodReads, and I made it onto more than 240 to-read lists! And that giveaway's ending this Wednesday! My deepest thanks for all your interest.
Will I do another giveaway soon? Heck yeah!

However, it's full steam ahead at the moment on the final stretch of "Gossamer", my tenth book, so after that's done, most probably.

In the meantime, as you know, reviews are the lifeblood of any author's career, the more the better. So far I've been very lucky to have good reviews, which means someone out there likes what they've read. Which makes this a worthwhile endeavor for me! Thank you and more, please!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Between today, September the 3rd, and September the 21st, GoodReads is giving away 10 free paperback copies of my ninth novel, "EVANESCENT", for your reading pleasure!
To enter the giveaway, go here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Evanescent by Chris Ross Leong


by Chris Ross Leong

Giveaway ends September 21, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

To all the guardians of light and form,
to all the gentle folk across time and space
who labor in solitude to perfect their vision,
whether by brush, pen, pencil, chisel or lens,
or voice or instrument, on paper, canvas, plastic, 
stone or shadow, light, sound or electron,
to all those with creative soul, mind and vision
who are judged, while they toil, as fools
by those who are far from their peers,
until they are finally done
and their work is called genius
by those very same judges,

I salute you.

That's from the Dedication section of my new novel, "Evanescent", just completed.

Yes, it is something of a ghost story, but really it's more about the awareness of a person involved in the arts. Any person, really. And if one is truly aware, and actively cultivates that awareness, then magic and wonder await.

Anyone a photographer? This one's especially for you!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Mexican food, in a nutshell:
A tortilla is either corn or wheat.
But a corn tortilla folded and filled is a taco,
whereas a filled wheat tortilla is a burrito.
Deep fry a burrito, it's a chimichanga.
Toast a tortilla, it's a tostada.
Roll it, it's an enchillada.
Your basic Tex-Mex food groups.
Cheese on top of chicken under guacamole
on top of beans under rice on top of beef.
Word of warning, avoid the jumbo prawns.
It's like Russian Roulette.
One in six will kill you.
- from "One Day" (2011) by David Nicholls.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ahhh.. 8's the great one.

SS8, Zooce, came from a simple question that emerged from Religious Studies: if Christ came again today, how would we recognize Him? Would we, in fact, recognize Him? And what would His fate be this time around?

A host of interesting variations came from that basic kernel of an idea, and Zooce was one of the most popular of those iterations. I tried to take the fish out of water as far as I could - in this case, all the way around the globe to Venice Beach, California, where the culture is as counter as I could think of, and just plonked my Zooce down there.

Oh, and of course, why not make her the Daughter this time?