Thursday, October 25, 2012

Someday Stars: Meet Leslie S. Rose

What’s your name, and where are you from?
 Hello, I’m Leslie S. Rose. I grew up in Torrance, California within biking distance of the beach, summered in Kentucky, and now live in Santa Clarita, California, which is so NOT within biking distance of the beach.

How long have you been writing?
When I was nine, I saw this kickin’ Disney movie called, The Jungle Book and decided it would make a great novel. So I wrote the whole thing down on the lined newsprint paper you use in elementary school. Imagine my distress when I found out Rudyard Kipling had beat me to the punch. Scoundrel.

What genre(s) do you write?
YA contemporary and sci fi is where my keyboard takes me these days.

What’s your current WIP? Can you tell us about it?
I’m working on a creepy short story for the Journeys of Wonder Genre Fiction Anthology series (plug, plug, plug) about ghosts in the theatre. I spent years as an actress and designer, so I’ve clocked some goosebumpy time in dark, empty theatres. I am also a fairy tale addict, so my full length WIP is a Rapunzel retell that takes place in Hollywood.

What’s your current day job? How does it help or hinder your writing?
I mold young fifth grade minds and bend them to my will. The delicious children’s literature I languish in daily is a major perk. Talk about inspiration! Teaching grammar doesn’t hurt either. It helps keep me sharp mechanically. Get this, when an independent clause leads a dependent clause in a complex sentence you don’t need a comma between them? Who knew?

Who is your favorite author?
Oh, I’d rather poke my eyes out then have to answer this question, but since I need eyes to drive to the cupcake store, I’d have to say J.R.R. Tolkien. Yes, I’m a Lord of the Rings fangirl.

Favorite book?
Lord of the Rings. Believe it or not, I read the trilogy aloud to my own children before the first movie came out. It took me a year. I do a fantastic Gimli the Dwarf.

What other hobbies or activities do you do outside of writing?
My heart belongs to the theatre. I go to as many shows as my meager teacher’s salary will allow. Drawing and watercolor also float my boat. Oh, and I’m a crazy reader. I usually have three books going at a time. One with actual paper pages, one on my Kindle, and one in the bathroom. No laughing.

What is something unique about yourself?
I have two titanium hips. Yes, I can jump from the ground to the top of a building and make a noise like the Bionic Woman. Okay, maybe not all the way to the top of the building. Sadly, magnets do not stick to me.

Do you have a blog, Twitter, and/or Web site we can link to?

Thank you so much for having me. Here's a virtual pumpkin pie.


  1. Drat that Rudyard Kipling!

    I always read multiple books at a time too.

    1. Hiya S.P. I take the Kipling thing personally.

  2. Hey Leslie :-) *waves*
    Hey Charlie :-) *waves again*

    I've enjoyed following Leslie over at her blog. Excellent choice for Someday Stars.

    1. Heya, Angela. Fancy meeting you here. Thanks for the sweet words.

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    1. Hi Prerna. I am salivating waiting for The Hobbit to come out.

  4. Leslie is FUNNY! I'm cracking up over here! Great interview ;)

    1. Thanks, Morgan. I'm glad you got a giggle.

  5. Leslie!!!!!!!! What a hilarious interview. Folks, she's this funny in person as well! (She's my writing buddy...oh, and regular buddy, too)

    Charlie, it's nice to "meet" you! What a great blog. Oh, and you have excellent taste in "someday stars."

    1. Thanks, Julie. Do you want the usual payment in small unmarked bills?

  6. I love Leslie's blog, too! And she's been a faithful supporter of my little blog, for which I'm big time in her debt.

    Fun to discover even more about this funny lady and a true hero of mine. Can you imagine having her for a teacher? Lucky kids!

  7. Ah, gosh, Michelle. Thanks. Actually, I'm the luckiest teacher in the world. Year after year I get to spend the day with amazing kiddos.

  8. Great Interview, Leslie! And as always so glad to have you as part of Journeys of Wonder. Your stories are fantastic.

  9. I love how teaching English has helped me become a better writer.

    I enjoyed learning more about Leslie.

    1. Hey Medeia - It is cool to be able to double dip and a writer and a teacher.