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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45 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!!

      1. Cordelia Fischer

        I would love to subscribe and get the insider information. Cannot tell you how proud and happy we are for you!

  5. Jill Wieseler

    Hi Leslie! We met through D! I am inspired by the story you have to tell. Cannot wait to read it. Thank you for sharing your journey to clarity, beauty and peace!

    Jill 🕊

  6. It’s going to be amazing, Leslie…thank you for lifting us up in your journey. May whole healing, happiness, peace and strength be yours always! Bravissimo! 💗

  7. Congratulations on your publication! I know you’ve had these dreams for years, so glad you are making them come true. I still remember you helping me make my puzzle poem in college (hysterical considering how things played out!) I look forward to reading your writings.

  8. Leslie this is a fantastic post! I liked how you linked the research to the book and offered insightful information for those who may have had similar experiences. Very well written! I look forward to reading more!

  9. Hi Leslie! Wow, I am so excited for you! What an incredible journey. I’m so glad I got to be a small part of it. Looking forward to following you! (This is Emm from Scribophile. 🙂 )

  10. I just found your book on ‘What’s up La Habra’ . I purchased it and I can’t believe my eyes while reading the opening chapter!
    Wow!! Looking forward to not putting this book down.
    Hope all is well,
    Donn Brown

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