Leslie spends most days attempting to wrangle the voices in her head and often wishes she could clone herself so that their stories get told faster. She loves words, romance, and characters that feel like family and spends almost all of her free time with her own family; including a boisterous eleven-year-old that she homeschools and an assorted cast of rescue pets. She lives her own happily ever after with her soul mate and best friend in the northern part of Alabama and hopes you enjoy reading her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.
What do you write?
Currently, I write romance – novels and novellas. Though I am branching out in the next few years to serialized fiction and the like. Anywhere the muse takes me, I go!
When did your writing journey begin?
I’ve been writing my entire life, making up stories and characters before I knew how to spell my own name. Every doll, every toy—had its own story.
Do you find inspiration in your own life for your writing?
Absolutely. Names, faces, pictures, experiences, stories—everything within the artist’s scope and all that.
Tell us about your experience with the publishing process.
My two published works as well as the upcoming one next year are published with a small press. I am, however, querying agents with a romantic suspense series I hope to have published through more traditional avenues.
Words of advice for fellow writers in the trenches:
Hang in there. The publishing world is incredibly subjective. What works in one place may not in another. Eventually we all find our niche—so keep on, keeping on.
Horse trainer Stone Dempsey’s life is all about the ride—with horses and women. He uses his equine talents to impress the country club set and earn money for Smoky Mountain Reining Horses. When his drug-addicted sister deposits her sick baby on his doorstep, he’s suddenly saddled with real responsibility.
Dr. Emmersyn Cole’s goal of starting a practice in her favorite place on earth is finally coming to fruition and she is not going to be sidetracked. Everything is going great until Stone swaggers into her life, half-dressed with a smile that could melt her insides. She's determined to keep her distance…until he rushes into her grandfather’s home, clutching a feverish baby, terrified and vulnerable, and her heart’s hard shell begins to crack.
In only a few short weeks, Stone’s wayward heart suddenly relies on two women—one who needs him—and one that he might not be able to live without.
From Two Hearts, One Stone:
His upper lip curled into a snarl, but it did little to dampen her flourishing attraction. She took a step forward and sucked her bottom lip between her teeth. Ready to do just about anything to wipe the forlorn look from his face.
That’s how he does it.
Without even trying, he’d reined her in like his horses. She stood closer, at ease, and far too eager to please him. When she lifted her gaze to his, the slow burn of tension-laced desire beckoned her.
“Oh no you don’t.” Emmy took two dramatic steps backward.
His laugh in response wrought a heat in her cheeks. Annoyed with her behavior, she fisted her hands on her hips and spun away. She was an intelligent, highly educated, independent woman. Absolutely not the sort to get sucked into the Stone Dempsey tractor beam of sex and debauchery.
She only managed half the length of the barn when, abruptly, he stopped laughing.
Had the sound of her name ever held such a heated promise?