Leslie Tall Manning


Leslie Tall Manning is an award-winning novelist who loves writing about grown-ups who crave change and often discover it in ways they never expected (KNOCK ON WOOD, MAGGIE's DREAM, and GAGA). She also writes about teenagers who believe in independence, often stumbling into it headfirst (RULES OF FALLING, UPSIDE DOWN IN A LAURA INGALLS TOWN, and I AM ELEPHANT, I AM BUTTERFLY).

As a private English tutor and writing specialist, Ms. Manning spends her evenings working with students of all ages and her days working on her own writing projects. When she isn’t clacking away at the computer keys or conducting research for her books, she loves traveling with her artist husband or strolling along the river in her sweet Southern town.

She is proudly represented by the TriadaUS Literary Agency.

Partial list of Awards:
Indie Brag Award
Firebird First Place Book Award
Sarton Women's Literary Award
NC Author Project Award
Library Journal Self-e Selection
Taleflick Pick
Taleflick Road to Development Finalist
Story Monsters Certificate of Excellence
William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Finalist
International Book Award Finalist
Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Finalist

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I just wrapped up a stageplay version of my YA novel, Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town; getting ready to edit an Appalachian adult novel that I wrote a few years ago; and my agent is currently shopping an adult Bildungsroman. (A bildungsroman is a coming-of-age novel that takes place over many years.) : )
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my evenings as a writing specialist/tutor and study skills expert, helping kids of all ages feel more confident in everything they do.
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Where to buy in print


Rules of Falling
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,420. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A seventeen-year-old chromic fainter and odd-girl out must expose a deadly arsonist in her small town while dealing with her best friend's illicit affair.
Knock on Wood
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 120,310. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A brain-damaged hero. An unrequited love. A lottery windfall. A jealous brother. A memory hidden just below the surface… Sharp contrasts of sunshiny music and life's dark periphery are delicately mingled in this extraordinary tale, putting a new twist on the age-old question: Is it possible to find the way home again when one's memory is nothing more than a blank slate?
I am Elephant, I am Butterfly
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,240. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
When sixteen-year-old Simone Wheeler is accepted into the elite Camp Kamama—a place of self-discovery for the morbidly obese—she unearths a diary belonging to a beautiful girl from the despised Camp Felina across the lake. But Phoebe the Felina has done more than scribble words in a journal: she has carved a cryptic path that Simone will be compelled to follow—no matter what the consequences.
Maggie's Dream
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,280. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The line between dream and wake becomes blurred when a post-WWII "Rosie" falls into the magical world of her subconscious mind. Maggie's Dream, a cross between historical fiction and magical realism, is an adult fairy tale that will entertain readers of Alice Hoffman and Eowyn Ivey.
Upside Down in a Laura Ingalls Town
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,620. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Coming of age
An out-of-control sixteen-year-old finds her life turned upside down when her father signs the family up for reality show. The time: 1861. The place: The North Carolina backcountry. For four months, Brooke Decker must leave behind the modern frills she can’t live without. But can a young girl’s wishful heart surrender to a time and place she believes she can never call home?
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,270. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Released from a stagnant marriage, forty-five-but-looks-thirty Monica Reese Taylor, freelance writer for Home & Goddess Magazine, goes undercover as a groupie to follow a comeback rock band. Main goal: to stealthily land an interview with the lead guitarist--a hot musician whose poster she kissed every night as a teenager--without exposing her true identity.