Leslie Bratspis is the daughter of novelist, producer and screenwriter, Irving Shulman. She grew up in Hollywood, CA beneath the Hollywood sign. Her senior class at Hollywood High School graduated on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl.
Leslie earned an Associate of Arts in English from Los Angeles Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Standard Elementary Teaching Credential from California State University Northridge. She taught elementary school, was a floral designer, and her last job before becoming a writer was legal assistant at Walt Disney Studios.
With a life long passion for drawing, Leslie also pursued her interest in art with numerous classes from Art Center School of Design, LAVC, Scottsdale Art Institute, private painting lessons from professional artists, and a variety of drawing and painting workshops. In her spare time when she's not writing or volunteering for Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue, she sketches and paints.
Her combined interests in cultural anthropology, metaphysics and meditation prompted her to research and write her debut novel, "GOOD FORTUNE." She is currently working on her second novel.
Leslie's husband, Ned, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, award-winning poet and teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. In 2005 Leslie, Ned, and their Golden Retrievers relocated from southern California to the Key Peninsula area on the Puget Sound outside Gig Harbor, Washington. Leslie is a member of Friends of the Library, Gig Harbor Book Club, Lakebay Writers, and Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue.
"Good Fortune" has been selected by book clubs and is Pierce County and King County Libraries.
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By Leslie Bratspis
Published: June 8, 2011.
Secretly guided by handwritten fortunes from an old Chinese man, Michael Hamilton reinvents his life after he's laid off his 12 year executive job. Dreams, symbols and unusual occurrences raise questions he wants answered. Once he learns to open his mind to accept a broader scope of reality, romance with Jennie Greene and his newly-opened chocolate patisserie point him in the right direction.
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