Leslie Ferguson is an accomplished educator, editor, and writing coach. As a youth in foster care, she dreamed about becoming a teacher. She earned her credential at the University of Redlands and returned to her alma mater to teach advanced English before obtaining a master’s degree in English literature and an MFA in creative writing from Chapman University. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. A member of the San Diego Memoir Writers Association and the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild, Leslie is a repeat performer at So Say We All’s VAMP and Poets Underground. She lives in the greater San Diego area with her husband, where she binge-watches coming-of-age character dramas and reminisces about her glory days as an All-American basketball player and collegiate Hall-of-Fame athlete. When I Was Her Daughter is her first book.

A Note from the Author

I started writing poetry in college as a way to deal with troubling emotions and traumatic memories from my childhood. In graduate school, I was more courageous, and I wrote scenes from memory, trying to recapture the mood of much of my life with a mentally ill parent. During the day, I taught high schoolers about literature; in the evening, I studied and wrote, eventually amassing more than 200,000 words about my journey from homelessness and foster care to safety and love. Those words, critiqued, edited, and rewritten countless times, have come to shape the memoir I am proud to share with the world.

I write about love, loss, and the consequences of trauma, with an emphasis on healing and hope. Currently, I work in the publishing industry, helping others achieve their dreams of putting amazing stories into readers’ hands.

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27 thoughts on “About”

  1. Sandi Hobson

    I am amazed every day by your strength resilience. I am so very proud to call you family and look forward to sharing this new chapter of your life. I love you Cuz🥰❤

    1. Thank you, cousin! I see that you signed up for the newsletter but you may not have received the confirmation email or the welcome email. Can you confirm whether or not you’re getting emails from me? Love you!

  2. Stephanie Dahm

    Denette was my best friend from 3rd grade through high school. I look forward to reading your work.

    1. Hi, Stephanie! I have heard your name before, from Dee. I see your posts on her page sometimes. Thank you for signing up and for sending me a message! I hope you enjoy my newsletter and my book when it comes out!

      Warmly, Leslie

  3. Venniessa Simmerman

    I’m so excited to read your book! My email couldn’t be connected to your newsletter but I’ll try again tomorrow morning!

    1. Hi, Venniessa! Thank you so much! I see that you are unconfirmed…I can fix that…let me know if you don’t receive my newsletter tomorrow…

  4. Congrats, Leslie!! So excited for you and for my opportunity to connect with you –follow your story and life. So proud of all you’ve done and are doing!!

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