Hi, I’m Leslye 👋🏾

I’m an author of fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as a podcaster, teacher, and website developer. My first novel made the list of TIME magazine’s Best Fantasy Novels of All Time and also won an award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for Best Self-published fiction before it was picked up for publication by a traditional publisher. I’m still a hybrid author, publishing both independently and with Big 5 houses. I’ve gotten starred reviews from trade reviewers like Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist, and several of my books have been optioned for TV and film.

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This newsletter began as a way to share the show notes of my weekly podcast, My Imaginary Friends, where I give live reports from the trenches of an author navigating both the self-publishing and traditional publishing world. 

I collect links during my online travels with advice, tips, tools, apps, interesting facts, deep thoughts, and more to feed my creative journey. And since I tend to collect more information than I could ever use, I wanted to share them with you. 

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Leslye Penelope

Author of THE MONSTERS WE DEFY and other fantasy & paranormal romance novels. Podcaster, web developer, and occasional rock climber. Powered by green tea.