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Leslye Penelope

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is an award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her debut novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The original version of the novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent. Equally left and right-brained, she studied Film Production at Howard University and minored in Computer Science. This led to a graduate degree in Multimedia and a career in website development. She’s also an award-winning independent filmmaker, co-founded a literary magazine, and sometimes dreams in HTML.

Leslye is an alumna of VONA/Voices and Hurston/Wright Writers Workshop. She has spoken and taught at conferences and festivals around the country including the Baltimore Book Festival, Romance Writers of America, Writers Digest Annual & Novel Writing Conferences, and the Historical Novel Society.

Her podcast, My Imaginary Friends, is a weekly journal of her publishing life, perfect for readers and writers alike. Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Visit her online at


Check out Leslye’s latest work: REQUIEM OF SILENCE is the epic conclusion to the Earthsinger Chronicles series. As Elsirans and Lagrimari struggle to unify after centuries of conflict, an old adversary unleashes an unkillable army in an effort to seize power. Allies and enemies must unite to save the Living World from destruction.

Find Leslye on her website, or on Twitter and Instagram at @leslyepenelope or on Facebook at @authorlpenelope.


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