Award-winning
fantasy author

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, SONG OF BLOOD & STONE, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The fantasy series was picked up by St. Martin’s Press for publication.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She’s also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.

Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents.

10 Things About Me

1. I skipped kindergarten
2. I wrote my first story at five years old. It was called “Time and the Magic Clock”
3. I was co-editor of my high school literary magazine and co-founded a lit mag as an adult
4. One of my tattoos is a quote from The Matrix 
5. I once worked on the TV show America’s Most Wanted
6. I have another tattoo with quotes from Octavia Butler’s journal.
7. I saw the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway.
8. My favorite food: biscuits.
9. My favorite childhood movie was The Neverending Story. I could recite it word for word.
10. I planted a plant for a project in the first grade that lived until I was twenty-five years old. But I do not have a green thumb.

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