Leana Delle is an RN with a background in Critical Care and heart transplantation. She earned her BS in Organizational Development from Bethel University in McKenzie, TN and completed her studies in creative writing through Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where she is an alumna of their New York Seminar.

Leana is originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada but now stacks her books in Dallas, Texas.


Three little words that my friend, Jenesse Aurandt, wrote on the inside cover of “Bird By Bird,” an instructional book on writing by Anne Lamott. It would be my last birthday gift from her. Four months later, in 2007, she’d pass away from breast cancer.

SONY DSCI’ve copied that inscription onto the card to the right, and I keep it next to me when I write.

A few months prior to receiving that gift, she told me – in no uncertain terms – that I was a writer. I scoffed, but she insisted and made me promise to write a book one day. When I began my writer’s journey two years after her passing, I felt like I’d arrived home.

Jenesse & Leana (Click to enlarge)

I don’t know what made Jenesse see me as a writer, but I do know that I wouldn’t have pursued any of this – writing or speaking – had she not.

My very last gift from her? A passionate path – and my gratitude is immeasurable.

I now use GO WRITE IT!™ as a metaphor for life. We all have a story to tell through our own personal journeys. It’s my mission to inspire others to find that path and to encourage its joyful pursuit.

I write words because they bring me joy.

I share them to honor the memory of a very dear friend.