Young LesaWhere are you from?
I am from Malden, Massachusetts which is about seven miles north of Boston. I grew up there with my parents, who are both retired nurses, and my older brother and sister.

Where do you write?
I write in my office which is in small room in my house. It's a nest of a space filled with books and my desk faces a window, where I sometimes daydream when I should be writing. My office has no doors which some in my household misinterpret for an "open door" policy, meaning they often walk in, plop down on the couch and chat with me at all times of the day.

What do you do when you're not writing?
I read tons of books and magazines and listen to books on tape. But I love getting together with friends, or going to book group or game night with girlfriends. I love dancing and taking long walks, and sitting in front of a fire and sipping tea or watching Netflix and movies with my husband and kids or going out to dinner. And I love listening to my dog snore.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I always knew that I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know that I wanted to be a chidren’s book writer. When I was young, I had hoped to be a journalist, writing investigative pieces for newspapers like the Boston Globe or the New York Times. and then I realized I was too shy to conduct interviews. When I graduated from college I worked as a copywriter for department stores.

What other jobs did you have before becoming a writer?
Before becoming a writer, I worked as a proofreader, a fashion copywriter, a substitute teacher, a publicist for my local library and a teacher in an infant/toddler program in New York City.

Where did you go to school?
I went to college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York (where I met my husband James). Later I received my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University.

Why do you write biographies?
I write biographies because I am fascinated by the lives of others. I enjoy discovering how a person’s childhood impacts their adult lives. I especially love finding the most interesting parts of a person’s life, piecing them together and creating a new story for a new group of readers.

Do you visit schools?
Yes! I love to visit schools, conferences and any other events that promote reading, literacy and books. See here for more information.

How do I contact illustrator James Ransome?
Contact James at www.jamesransome.com


Contact Lesa via e-mail: info@lesaclineransome.com