Leah Cast is a Houston-based author and lifestyle writer. Her work includes the award-winning poetry book With Open Eyes and the newly released children’s book Beautiful You from Outskirts Press.
Beautiful You features an inspirational rhyme that encourages children to celebrate diversity and the unique qualities that make them beautiful. Filled with colorful illustrations hand-painted by Tamra Boyd (Cast's mother!), the book culminates with a focus on the “true” beauty that is found internally and shared through kindness and love.
Cast released her first book, With Open Eyes: A Poetic Journey through Love, in 2012. This collection of poems tells an inspirational tale of love, loss and discovery that develops through six chapters. The story serves as a metaphor for life, focusing on falling, breaking, “picking up the pieces” and loving past hurt empowered by a wiser eye that is fully aware of God’s role in the journey. With Open Eyes was named a finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the poetry category.
Cast was born in Lansing, Michigan and has enjoyed a love for writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen. She won her first writing contest in elementary school and continued on that path until earning a journalism scholarship to Wayne State University, where she completed her undergraduate studies. She began her professional career as a newspaper journalist and won a Michigan Press Association Award while working as a news reporter in metro Detroit. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Chicago Tribune and more. In 2010, Cast shifted her focus from journalism to public relations, after earning a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Eastern Michigan University and moving to Houston, Texas.
In addition to working full-time as a communications director, Cast works as a freelance lifestyle writer covering travel, family, fashion and other topics. She has earned several industry awards while working in communications, including being named a “30 Under 30” Award recipient in 2012 from Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and "Young Public Relations Professional of the Year" in 2013 by the Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter. In addition, Cast has served as a featured speaker at numerous industry events and conferences.
A woman of many crafts, Cast is also a professional model and actress represented by Neal Hamil Agency. She has appeared in a variety of advertisements for national brands, such as Mercedes-Benz, Macy's, Francesca's Collections, Under Armour, Adidas, Academy Sports + Outdoors and more.
She married the love of her life, Dustin Cast, in 2011. They have three children.