Meet Leo Zeek: A Future Author From SMHS


Ash Butts, Author

Leo Zeek is a student at Spring Mills High School. He is currently a junior at this school. He was born on June 27th in New Jersey and lived there for 4 years before moving to Pennsylvania for 10. About 3 years ago he moved to West Virginia. 

Around 5 years ago, he started crafting ideas for a book. First starting with multiple drafts of comics before he started working on writing the story about a year ago. His story is called Impurity. 

Impurity is a sci-fi fantasy horror novel. The story is about a cruel and heartless scientist named Gemini who becomes ruler over the planet Ethos; it’s up to his creations to stop his dictatorship before he becomes fully immortal. Along the way they discover their powers and uncover the truth that their government has been hiding for so long.

His character Gemini!

He hopes to have it published in the next 2-3 years. He is currently working on editing and adding onto certain points of views he felt were lackluster and incomplete. 

I asked Leo a few questions about his writing and the process.

  1. Have you enjoyed writing this and the process?

“I’ve loved writing and have made so many fun memories doing so. I’ve not only learned a lot about writing and world building but have also learned a lot about myself. Additionally, writing is a coping mechanism for me.”

2. What’s been the hardest part of the process?

“Finding motivation has been the hardest part for me. Writing requires you to be very self-disciplined and self-motivated. It’s very easy to give up, especially on a project that takes you so long to see any substantial progress on.”

3. What advice would you give to others who want to write like you do?

“Write, write, write. Don’t worry about making things absolutely perfect. Drafts exist for a reason, and you will learn more along the way as you continue to write. Having friends there to support you helps tremendously.”

Leo is a close friend of mine and personally a big inspiration to me and my writing. I wanted to write an article about him and getting permission to write this article about him was really exciting. I wish him the best of luck in his writing process after he graduates and I hope to see Impurity on the shelves one day.

A group picture with Rayne S., Leo, and Me!