Monica Leonelle was born in Germany and spent her childhood jet-setting around the world with her American parents. Her travels include most of the United States and Europe, as well as Guam, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the Philippines.
In 2009, she wrote her first book, Social Pollination, a social media strategy guide that has been published in English and French. In 2011, she wrote her first novel for young adults. She has since published over half a million words of fiction spread across four series, Socialpunk, Waters Dark and Deep, Emma + Elsie, and Stars and Shadows.
After spending years as a marketing director at various start-ups, Monica created ProseOnFire.com, a website at the intersection of soulful growth hacker marketing and authorpreneurship. Her goal is to help authors implement evergreen marketing strategies so they can build their audiences and get a lot of writing done—both at the same time. Evergreen marketing = evergreen sales. It works!
To accomplish this, she regularly puts out new content on her blog, social media accounts, growth hacking book series, and also hosts a mastermind group called The Igniters.
In the past, she’s worked with Inc. 100 companies like Hansen’s Natural, Trading Technologies, and Braintree. She specializes in copywriting, virality, word-of-mouth, and digital marketing.
Monica is a lifetime member of Sigma Pi Sigma honor fraternity and was a 2007 Chicago Business Fellow, graduating with an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business at 25 years old. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from Truman State University.She’s been an avid blogger of marketing and business trends since 2007. Her ideas have been featured in AdAge, The Huffington Post, the AMEX OpenForum, GigaOm, Mashable, Social Media Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. In 2009, she was named one of the top 25 Tweeters in the city of Chicago by ChicagoNow, a subsidiary of the Chicago Tribune.
Emma Woodhouse is planning the wedding of the century for her practically-a-sister best friend Annabeth Taylor—but when her relationship with the best man, Jace Knightley, comes into question, she worries that their bickering will ruin everything she’s worked so hard on… and change them both in the process.
Elsie Bennet intends to make a good impression on Rosebelle’s newest family, the Bingleys, but struggles when her family interferes. And then, there’s Fitz Darcy, who comes across cold, aloof, and at times, flat-out rude. He seems to have something against Elsie and the rest of the Bennets for reasons she can’t figure out…
What would happen if Emma Woodhouse and Elsie Bennet were best friends in modern times? Find out!
A modern retelling of Emma and Pride and Prejudice, Emma + Elsie Meet Fitzwilliam Darcy is the first book in the Emma + Elsie series, a New Adult contemporary romance collaboration by Maddy Raven and Monica Leonelle (recommended for adults 16+).