I was born on the north shore of Long Island. My family moved a lot which was hard in a

way because I was always the “new kid” in school. In another way it was really good

though, because I learned to be comfortable in new situations and to make friends easily. Leslie Bio Pic

I had to. I went to twelve different schools as a kid! I now live in Fort Worth, Texas with

my wonderful husband, Gary, and our two dachshunds, Winnie and Mowgli. I am very

lucky because my children and grandchildren all live here, too.

My work life has been varied and fast-paced. I have worked at a television studio and a

big fancy private club. I managed two tea rooms, was a licensed insurance agent and

later, owned my own seafood market and restaurant. When I sold it in 2002, I began a

new career working with senior adults. I have always followed my dreams and embraced

anything new and challenging.
But writing has long been my passion. I wrote my first book, “The Homeless Christmas

Tree,” in 2004. It is the true story of a little tree here in Fort Worth that for many years

was mysteriously decorated at Christmastime. Between 2005 and 2010, I wrote a monthly

column for our local newspaper wherein I shared funny stories about myself and my

family. I have a number of new books completed, or nearly so, and I still work with

seniors at weekly writing workshops that I conduct to help them write down their life

stories to pass along to their families.

I have been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since

Things I Like: Animals, popcorn, seafood, museums, travel – to anywhere!

Things I Dislike: Dusting, collard greens, spiders

Hobbies: Reading, gardening, cooking, crafts of all kinds, word puzzles and games

What Makes Me Mad? Dishonesty, anything that harms people, especially children and seniors, or animals

What Makes Me Happy? My family, my dogs, sunshine, crafting a really good sentence