Leslie Bratspis

Biography

From the age of three when I first started reading, I always knew I would become an author. I grew up in the foothills beneath the iconic Hollywood sign, the daughter of best-selling author and script writer, Irving Shulman. Between novels, my father was like the character, Joe Gillis, portrayed in the movie "Sunset Boulevard." He was under contract for Warner Bros and Walt Disney studios. Famous actors, directors, producers, and movie stars attended parties at our house. Actress Spring Byington lived across the street. Life in Tinsel Town was the norm.

In college I majored in and received degrees in English and Anthropology. Both assist me when I write and research topics I find meaningful that express my worldview. In my stories I draw upon personal experiences and, with permission, occasionally from my friends’ lives.

I did many hours of research into Chinese culture and customs when I wrote "Good Fortune," the prequel to "Golden Ring Of Light." The sequel required even more extensive research. I am fortunate to have a Chinese friend who fills in details and facts I couldn’t find anywhere. To add some additional interest, in "Golden Ring Of Light" I included a little about Hawaiian folklore by creating an interesting Hawaiian character from the island of Kauai.

My other two novels, "Vanilla Grass" and "White Dunes" are completely different. I don't want to write only one genre of books. "Vanilla Grass" features a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD and his comfort dog. It also highlights delinquent teenagers needing guidance. Because I love watching old black-and-white noir films with snappy dialog, "White Dunes" is a fast-paced crime novel with some quirky characters like those in old gangster movies. In present day, they are similar to characters in "Breaking Bad" and Elmore Leonard books.

I will soon be formatting my other books for Smashwords.

My passions are writing, reading, painting, meditation, and traveling with my husband and our Golden Retrievers.

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Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hollywood, CA where my father was a successful screenwriter and novelist with many friends in the film industry. Writers, producers, directors and actors came to our house for large dinner parties. The books my father is best known for dealt with social issues such as juvenile delinquents, gangsters, and boxers.

My debut novel, "Good Fortune," is vastly different from what my father wrote about. It's one man's personal journey from failure to success with the secret guidance of an old Chinese man who writes him fortunes. But my current novel-in-progress features troubled teenagers who talk slang, smoke pot, lie and steal. It's a current look at teen violence and sex. Maybe I'm influenced by my late father's writing after all.
When did you first start writing?
For most of my life I've written short stories and for some reason, I've always been a good editor. While in college, I edited papers and essays for fellow students and I helped them improve their grades. In the last ten years I've professionally edited plays, novels, children's books and scripts.

I became serious about writing a novel when I got the inspiration for the story of "Good Fortune." Before I actually started to write it, I knew the plot from beginning to end. With my second novel, I'm writing it chapter by chapter so it's a totally different experience.

Like most authors, my dream is to write a book that becomes a best-seller and is made into a movie. While writing "Good Fortune" I saw it as a film and I've had people who read it tell me they had the same experience where they actually "saw" it. I still think it would make a good movie. All I need is the right person to read it who has the right connections. I know...I sound like every other aspiring author!
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Books

Good Fortune
You set the price! Words: 101,640. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Chinese wisdom secretly passed through handwritten fortunes guides the lives of two men from different cultures connected by a shared source of enlightenment. Each overcomes adversity to achieve inner awareness through personal journeys. Good Fortune awaits them, but first they must discover happiness is less tied to outward goals than inner awareness. Tong's gentle wisdom shows them the way.

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