Leslie Lehr is a prize-winning author, screenwriter, essayist and story consultant who grew up in Ohio.
After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a Student Emmy, she spent several years in film production, rising to be the West Coast Production Manager of a commercial and music-video company. Then she freelanced on feature films including the cult classics, Charles Bukowsky’s “Barfly”, Prince’s “Sign O the Times”, and Kevin Tenney’s “Witchboard”. Once a mother, Lehr started writing seriously. Her humorous essays evolved into her first book, Welcome to Club Mom: The End of Life As You Know It - but the publisher changed the subtitle to The Adventure Begins. And it did.....
The what-ifs of modern motherhood drove Lehr to write her debut novel, 66 Laps, winner of the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal. Soon after, her screenplay, Heartless, was produced as an independent film. The romantic thriller financed five other films for Santa Monica Pictures, aired on USA TV and has been screening in Europe for eight years. Her next books were the nonfiction tomes, The Happy Helpful Grandma Guide, excerpted on FisherPrice.com; and Wendy Bellissimo: Nesting, featured on Oprah.
Her second novel, Wife Goes On, was a featured selection for the Pulpwood Queens Book clubs, with 250 chapters of tiara-wearing, book-sharing readers. She next wrote the screenplay, Club Divorce, for Lifetime.
What a Mother Knows, her literary thriller is a Recommended Read at Target and is currently in development for film.
Lehr's essays have been published in the New York Times Modern Love column, Huffington Post, and anthologies including Mommy Wars (lauded on the Today Show), The Honeymoon’s Over, and Arianna Huffington's On Becoming Fearless. She blogs for the Girlfriends Book Club and contributes to the Tarcher/Penguin Series "Now Write.”
Lehr has an MFA from Antioch University and is a popular panelist at literary and film conferences around the country. In addition to private manuscript consulting, she teaches at the world-renowned Writer's Program at UCLA Extension and mentors writers to publication as the Novel Consultant for Truby’s Writers Studio. She is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, and The Women's Leadership Council of L.A.
On the personal side, she is currently incognito as Chemo Chick in Karen Rinehart’s breast cancer blog, Sick of Pink.
Lehr has two daughters and lives in Southern California.