Leigh Anne Hoover is well-known for her popular holiday book The Santa Train Tradition. She kindly showed her support for our local library and we appreciate her friendship!
Leigh Anne W. Hoover is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education/English and a minor in general communications, Hoover has worked for over 30 years in the media. She has extensive writing and public relations experience in the region and has published articles encompassing personality and home profiles, arts and entertainment reviews, medical topics, and weekend escape pieces.
Notable features include one-on-one interviews with actress Andie MacDowell, artists Bob Timberlake and P. Buckley Moss, author Jan Karon, Grammy-winner, singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins and the 14th president of Clemson University, James F. Barker. Hoover also writes a monthly column for East Tennessee Medical News titled “Enjoying East Tennessee.”
She is the author of the well-known children’s book The Santa Train Tradition and award-winning Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites. Her children’s books have been endorsed by New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe and parent educator Nancy Samalin.
Reading with Ralph – A Journey in Christian Compassion is a Christian book about her adult literacy student. For Better or Worse…Unless Annulment Comes First is Hoover’s second adult Christian book.
She is currently working on a debut novel set on a remote, bridgeless island Hoover refers to as Spartina, South Carolina. Although Blue Blood is fiction, a real life concept is interwoven through blood, medicine, the horseshoe crab, and Jesus.
Hoover serves as president of the Friends of Allandale board of directors and is a member of the Kingsport Delphian Club. She is also a past president of the Literacy Council of Kingsport, the Junior League of Kingsport and past co-chair of the Clemson University Parents’ Development Board.
Hoover is a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, and she volunteers as an adult reading tutor. She and her husband, Brad, reside in Kingsport, and they have two adult children.