RITA Award-winning author Leah Ashton never expected to write books. She grew up reading everything - from pony books to cereal boxes at breakfast. One day she discovered romance novels - and one day, much later, wondered if she could write one too. Leah now writes happy ever afters for heroines who definitely don't need saving. When she's not writing, Leah loves all day breakfast, rambling conversations and laughting until she cries. She really hates cucumber. And scary movies.