Leslye Penelope

Founding Member

Leslye Penelope’s debut novel Song of Blood & Stone (writing as L. Penelope) was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association before it was picked up for publication by St. Martin’s Press. Her latest novel is The Monsters We Defy, a heist story set in Washington, DC, in 1925.

She was born in the Bronx, just after the birth of hip hop, but left before she could acquire an accent and was primarily raised in Maryland. Equally left and right-brained, she graduated from Howard University, where she studied film production and computer science. Leslye is also an alumna of VONA/Voices and Hurston/Wright Writers Workshop.

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 http://www.lpenelope.com.