Growing up on a family dairy farm in upstate New York, Leslie spent her time either staring at the stars, battling imaginary monsters, or tearing things apart trying to figure out how they worked all while milking cows and working the fields. In an effort to quench her insatiable curiosity, Leslie earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering and her Professional Engineering license. As the tale is often told, adventures rarely go as planned and Leslie’s did not lead her to the stars, but rather to a career designing building mechanical systems where she focuses on accessibility for the differently abled, green construction, energy efficiency, and improving the indoor environment.

While Leslie’s career may not be battling monsters or soaring the through the stars, she has never stopped imagining the possibilities. She spends her spare time spinning tales in science fiction and urban fantasy with a bit of mystery and humor thrown in for fun.

Leslie lives in Virginia with her family and one itchy cockapoo.

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