Leslie Bratspis

Biography

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.

Website: www.rp-author.com/bratspis
Blog: http://goodfortune-wisdom.blogspot.com
Twitter: LeslieBratspis
E-mail: lesliebratspis@yahoo.com

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
By Leslie Bratspis
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 101,640. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Category: Fiction
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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