So glad you found my blog!
When I first started writing short stories, it drove me crazy when readers wanted to know personal information. I mean, what does it matter where I went to school or how many children I have? - I even wrote under an alias for a while, until it became evident that the internet could outsmart even my sneakiest attempts of hiding.
Then . . . a very famous author I love, Jan Karon, told me, "people aren't trying to come to your house and kill you, they only want to know where you are coming from. They want to know if they can relate." in other words, "They want to know what you ate for breakfast." (toast).
Okay . . . I get it. It isn't so difficult now, especially since my sons are older. I've actually found it's a two-way street because I've grown to love my readers and their stories have influenced what I write! It isn't strange at all now, when people stop me to ask about my sick dog, or how my son is doing in college. I just know they are faithful readers and I'm glad to get to know them.
For ten years, I wrote a weekly column in local and state-wide newspapers in Alabama. I've recently given up that gig to concentrate more on . . .
2. Writing in different genres
3. Speaking engagements
4. Exciting new outlets for creative storytelling.
Bob and I have been married for 29 years and have two sons. Harrison graduated from Samford University and is a newlywed living in Birmingham with the most wonderful daughter-in-law I could ever dream of having. Joseph is a student at Samford University.
I was born in Florala, Alabama and have lived along the beautiful Gulf Coast most of my life with the exception of a few years spent "inland" in Marietta, Georgia. We've been at home in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama for the last 23 years.
My stories reflect who I am and share the themes of Southern humor, family, and the general quirks and uniqueness of life. I strive to keep my work clean, non-offensive and kind. I think we have enough bitter angst in the world without another writer trying to stress everyone out with their political beliefs (but if you're a close friend, I'll be glad to fill your ears with my plan for global peace).
I love real-live Christmas trees, hound dogs, singing from a hymnal in church, naughty little boys with dirty faces, pretty dishes on a table, growing flowers, traveling, Dean Martin, pearls, gravel roads, my robot lawnmower, vintage handkerchiefs, good manners and cheese. — My doctor is not happy about one of those things.
I've released two collections of my columns. The Majorettes are Back in Town And Other Things To Love About The South was released in November of 2017. Exploding Hushpuppies, More Stories From Home was released in November of 2020. Readers tell me they love the escape of a clean, funny, story to distract them from the world.
My Christmas book was just released - September 2022. Bringing Christmas Home is a true story that is novella length. Just long enough for a nice story on a cold night.
I have very loyal readers and I love hearing from all of you. You may email me at: email@example.com — I'll try my best to answer, but sometimes messages get lost in space, eaten by the dog, neglected by my highly skilled computer tech staff (my sons), but give it a try!
Thank you for reading. It's my joy to write for you.
Leslie Anne has the ability to WRITE what we all as Southern women THINK, yet never have the chutzpah as she does to put it to print! Life in the South is never boring for sure, and she gives the reader just a taste of our quirky, wonderful world south of the Mason-Dixon. I'm already eager for more from this hilarious, yet pointed, new Southern writer. Well done! - Heidi - Blog and Book reader
This delightful book describes in detail the mysteries of of southern folk. In one humorous story after another I learned about southerner's love of shiny things, big poofy bows, peanuts in co-cola, family matters, what's better than a chick flick for a mom, and of course-majorettes. Each chapter is 1-3 pages making it easy to pick up for a 5-10 minute reading session. After reading The Majorettes Are Back In Town I understand my father;s side of the family who grew up in Alabama. I can't wait to see Leslie Anne's next book!
Leslie Anne gives us funny, heartfelt stories. Much needed smiles and chuckles during this odd time in all of our lives. I read the stories over and over, they never disappoint.