A.A. Leil (born Amr Abouelleil) is an Egyptian-American author of speculative and contemporary fiction. His work often explores the intersection of East and West, waiting to see what happens when – at the same time – all the lights turn green. He began writing, like most hormonal teenagers do, to impress a girl. The girl wasn’t very impressed, but his high school English teachers were, and awarded him a certificate. He then abandoned writing for the next two decades, succumbing to the notion that one’s life should be devoted to the pursuit of a good, steady job to pay the bills and support a family regardless of whether one loves that job or not.
Today, he still has a good, steady job as a bioinformatics analyst, where he is surrounded by many people much smarter than himself. That job now has the additional burden of supporting his writing habit. There are a few more certificates on his wall, and a few publications under his belt. When he’s not surfing digital genomes or watching lights turn green, A.A. Leil enjoys photography, spending time with his wife and two children, and playing ultimate frisbee.