Patricia A. Leslie

Biography

Patricia A. Leslie is left-handed, and a Virgo. She loves dogs (and cats are her least favorite animal - which is a departure for a writer of speculative paranormal fiction). Her degree from UC Berkeley is in cultural anthropology. An interesting fact is that her admiration for Ursula K. LeGuin is what finally led her to studying anthropology in her forties (since Ms. LeGuin's work is all very deeply informed by anthropological ideas). And when Patricia did get an opportunity to go to college to study anthro, she in fact got her degree in the very anthro department that was founded and developed by Ms. LeGuin's father, Alfred Kroeber.
The Arts have always been close to Patricia's heart. Although her life up through high school provided nearly no opportunities to enjoy the Arts or express herself through them, once she got out of school and away from her parents, the Arts did become central to her life. At various times she has studied and/or participated in: Scottish and English Country Dance, Ladies' Solo Scottish Dance, theatrical costuming, crochet, Balkan folk dance, Hawaiian dance ('Auwane and Kahiko), swing dance, folk siniging, classical style voice training, watercolor painting, sumi-e brush painting, drawing in ink or pastels, and ceramic sculpture. She has performed as an improv actor, directed stage plays, written, adapted, and translated for the stage, written poetry, songs, and parody lyrics, been an opera supernumerary, written and doctored screenplays, made a 20 minute documentary film about Neopaganism, and -- last but most gratifying of all -- in 2009, plunged deeply into writing fiction. She has, to date, written 7 novels, 4 novellas, 3 novelettes, a dozen short stories, and a variety of uncategorizable humor pieces.
Other oddities include: still married to the same man after 41 years... she is a Second Degree Reiki initiate... she's a very good dog trainer... in addition to the BA in anthro at Cal, she has a certificate in museum studies, a cert in teaching ESL, has attended training in the use of Bach and North American flower remedies (essences), and has a mail-order MS in metaphysics. She started teaching herself French at about age eight, by means of Berlitz records. She spent her elementary school years in upstate New York, where she delighted in playing with toads, turtles, salamanders, frogs, and garter snakes. During two of those years (age 9-10) her family lived in a house with a poltergeist.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Bambi" and "Bambi's Children" - because Felix Salten was a very talented writer, and a dedicated naturalist. His books were done a terrible disservice by Disney. And I learned a lot about both Nature and human nature, from the two books. Then there's Sir Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment", which is perfectly brilliant in the way it satirizes militarism, international politics, and patriarchy, all while providing laughs on just about every page. A close runner-up, for me, is his "Hogfather", which even got made into a TV film in the UK. Last, only because I'm being limited to five books, I guess It'll have to be "Cold Comfort Farm" by Stella Gibbons. She satirized ChickLit decades before anybody knew the term or the concept. I only left out many favorite authors, because it's impossible to single out "favorites" from among their entire body of excellent work.
Describe your desk
It has a computer and a printer, a mug with a broken-off handle, full of pens and a letter opener; one of my credit cards, some folders containing works in progress; a clipboard; many half-sheets of paper with notes about stuff I'm buying, people's addresses, etc.; and Katharine Briggs's "An Encyclopedia of Fairies, Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogles, and Other Supernatural Creatures".
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Patricia A. Leslie online

Where to buy in print

Books

The Elfin Scots, Adam Randolph: 1833 - Part Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
True to form, in this 3rd Elfin Scots novel, Ms. Leslie weaves another enchanting comic-drama tale, bringing together an enjoyable assortment of strong-willed female protagonists, handsome (if often befuddled) gentlemen, intriguing Elfin Folk, quirky antagonists and allies.
The Elfin Scots, Adam Randolph: 1833 - Part One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 128,340. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
True to form, in this 3rd Elfin Scots novel, Ms. Leslie weaves another enchanting comic-drama tale, bringing together an enjoyable assortment of strong-willed female protagonists, handsome (if often befuddled) gentlemen, intriguing Elfin Folk, quirky antagonists and allies. Fans of authors ranging from Sir Terry Pratchett to Jane Austen will be delighted to discover this series.
The Elfin Scots, Rowena Randolph: 1813 - Part Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,480. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 24, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Austenian romantic comedy of manners meets folklore-inspired metaphysical fantasy! What happens after the happy-ever-after conclusion to a fairytale romance? Of course, the right people marry and have children. And when the children grow up able to cross the Veil into the Elfin Realms as easily as most people cross the street? Well - look both ways for romance and risk. This is Part Two.
The Elfin Scots, Rowena Randolph: 1813 - Part One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 112,240. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 24, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Austenian romantic comedy of manners meets folklore-inspired metaphysical fantasy! What happens after the happy-ever-after conclusion to a fairytale romance? Of course, the right people marry and have children. And when the children grow up able to cross the Veil into the Elfin Realms as easily as most people cross the street? Well - look both ways for romance and risk!
All The Elements
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,460. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
It’s 1970; the San Francisco Bay Area. Jane is 20. So far, everything about her life has been a disappointment. Now she is living with two of the worst housemates ever. But, home alone in Mill Valley one rainy Saturday in March, Jane’s life turns out to be capable of surprise, drama, and even risk, after all. This novella includes a bonus novelette, “The Crying”, a wry look at modern Wicca!
The Elfin Scots, Janet Dunbar: 1790 - Part Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Told in a spirited Regency comedy-of-manners style, inspired by traditional Scottish lore, readers will appreciate Ms. Leslie’s well-paced storytelling, and her insightful, witty explorations of human nature. Being a coming-of-age tale, the central theme is, inevitably, love.
The Elfin Scots, Janet Dunbar: 1790 - Part One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,900. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 25, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
Told in a spirited Regency comedy-of-manners style, inspired by traditional Scottish lore, readers will appreciate Ms. Leslie’s well-paced storytelling, and her insightful, witty explorations of human nature. Being a coming-of-age tale, the central theme is, inevitably, love.
Valedictoria Scott and the Secret of Triumphia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,770. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 15, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Valedictoria is a modern young woman of alternative 1870s England. Having realised her dream of attending a Secretarialist Academy, the former kitchen-maid is now eagerly pursuing the dream job and independent life that should be possible for a smart, ambitious woman. This time, she tries Haute Couture in glamorous Parisia! Surely no uncanny adventures await her in such a civilized, cultured city?
Valedictoria Scott and the Diplomatic Mission
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,180. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Valedictoria joins a diplomatic party on a daring journey across the Atlantic, to the Union of Columbian States of Americia, and soon finds herself a guest at Sir Anthony Harrow's aunt's mansion! Not the best timing for a break-up with that gentleman, in this strange new land of spies and politicians, trade-unions and secret societies, fanatics and fantastic creatures, romance and treachery!
Valedictoria Scott and the Scotian Adventure
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,240. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Valedictoria begins her first job as a professional secretarialist with Barkingmede Ventures Ltd., Finest Tea Importers. Almost at once, the work whisks her to a remote island off the coast of Scotia, north of Anglia. In her second plucky adventure, Ria finds herself in a world of many wonders: slightly mad science, amazing mechanical inventions, pirates of the air, and monsters of the deep!
Valedictoria Scott and the Unexpected Legacy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
On her twenty-first birthday, in 1870, orphaned scullery-maid Valedictoria unexpectedly receives the deed to gloomy, heavily-cobwebbed Ravensdale Manor, and soon finds herself on a steam-powered airship, heading to the rural northern province of Eyorke, where secrets, danger, bad weather, and romance await. first in a new lighthearted, satirical Steampunk/Gothic Romance novella series.
Niideni: My Life in Abundance Village
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,040. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
This sequel follows Niideni as she begins a new life with Sanj and a few trusted friends, in a refuge which feels safe, far from the constant threat of raids by the Empire’s Army. Too soon, she discovers that for herself, there may be nowhere left on the dying Earth that is truly safe. Yet when Earthly protections fail, long-hidden secrets of Niideni's own otherworldly ancestry begin to manifest.
Niideni: My Life in The Year 2381
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 65,430. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In the dying future Earth, which has endured too many diseases and disasters too rapidly, Niideni is a young widow and trained Healer, who like many farmstead-women is captured by the enemy Empire, and made a Soldier's servant. But Sanj himself is a captive farmsteader; soon, against their mutual expectations, each finds the other to be a loving yet challenging ally, in a time of constant danger.

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