For as long as she can remember, Leslie Ann’s been a storyteller. As a child, she made up tales to entertain family, friends and anyone else who’d listen! At night, she’d lie in bed, while elaborate ‘movies’ screened in her head, complete with distinct characters, complex dialogue, and action sequences. She didn’t think this strange; it was just something she did to entertain herself.She started reading science fiction in middle school. The Martian Chronicles, The Foundation Trilogy, Rendevouz With Rama, the works of Andre Norton; Leslie Ann loved the classics and stuck pretty much to hard sci fi, until one day, a friend showed her a book called ‘The Hobbit’. The works of J.R.R. Tolkein introduced her to the world of fantasy literature, and her own stories began to change.
In college, Leslie Ann decided to take a creative writing course, as a break from all the math, chemistry, and biology classes she needed as prerequisites for veterinary school. For the first time, she learned how to write her stories in words that would bring her ideas to life in other people’s heads. Despite her desire to be a writer, practical considerations won out. She went on instead to finish her professional degree and her dreams of writing fiction full-time fell by the wayside.
Leslie Ann became a practicing veterinarian in 1988 and has had a full and rewarding career. However, she never gave up her dream of becoming a full-time writer. In 2000, she attended the Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books a yearly celebration of all things related to reading, writing, and publishing held on the campus of the University Of California, Los Angeles. It was there she met one of her favorite authors, Terry Brooks, author of the bestselling Shannara series, as well as several other highly successful series. Mr. Brooks talked about the writer’s life, and how he’d transitioned from a career in the law to one as a professional writer. He offered Leslie Ann some very kind words of encouragement about her own writing.
He said “Don’t ever give up. Keep writing, no matter what.” Those words changed her life.
Leslie Ann returned home and that very night, began the outline of what would eventually become the ‘Griffin’s Daughter’ Trilogy, her first published work.
Leslie Ann loves attending science fiction/fantasy conventions where she can indulge in her cosplay addiction and interact with fans. She also performs regularly with a local belly dance troupe in her hometown.