Eleanor Leese

Eleanor Leese has been an editor for fifteen years and has worked with big-5 publishers, indies and self-published authors.

She specialises in romance, women’s fiction and historical fiction. She is a true romantic at heart and has published fifteen novels with Harlequin Mills & Boon under the pen name Ellie Darkins. All heat levels and historical settings are welcome.

When she’s not at her desk, Eleanor can usually be found chasing down forgotten historical women in an archive or library. She has a post-graduate qualification in Historical Studies from the University of Oxford and has conducted extensive research into women in the sixteenth century.

If she were on a desert island, she’d need her dog-eared copies of Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, because she’ll finally have the time to figure out what it is that makes Anne Boleyn so endlessly fascinating.

Historical fiction subgenre specialisms

Women’s fiction


Historical period specialisms

Medieval (500–1450)
Early modern (1450–1800)
Late modern (1800–1945)


“My report is so beyond what I expected! Eleanor’s understanding of the period (medieval) and her grasp of nuance in character are just stellar. Her comments and questions were so right on. I’m excited to dig back into my novel; it will be so much better thanks to her.”

Terri Lewis