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“Leslye is such a wonderful, compelling, immersive writer and storyteller, always empathetically and profoundly connecting with others through interesting ideas and thoughtful viewpoints.”

Writer and editor, Nadia Gerassimenko

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Leslye Penelope

About Me

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. Her debut novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association before it was picked up for publication by St. Martin’s Press. Her latest novel is The Monsters We Defy, a heist story set in Washington, DC, in 1925.

Her podcast, My Imaginary Friends, is a weekly journal of her publishing life, perfect for readers and writers alike. Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Visit her online at