essays and films

mommyMOMMY WARS: STAY AT HOME MOMS AND CAREER MOMS FACE OFF ON THEIR CHOICES, THEIR LIVES, THEIR FAMILIES  (Random House)

In this anthology edited by Leslie Morgan Steiner that took a frank, surprising, and refreshing look at American motherhood from 26 different perspectives,  Leslie's tongue-in-cheek essay, "I Hate Everybody," was lauded by Katie Couric and in Business Week in a Q & A with the editor. Other reviews appeared in: Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Parents, O, Elle, Self, Child, and Parenting.

"So, I'm finally reading Mommy Wars because now that my kids are 8 and 6, I'm trying my damdest to actually read again. Your essay has made me break down and openly cry over my broccoli cheddar soup. I'm mortified, but so grateful to find such a true description of motherhood. I'll be looking for more of your work, and sharing it with friends. Thank you so much."  from Luna H. 


 honeymoonTHE HONEYMOON'S OVER: TRUE STORIES OF LOVE, MARRIAGE, AND DIVORCE (Grand Central Publishing)

Freelance editor Andrea Chapin and literary agent Sally Wofford-Girand gather essays by 21 women writers who dish about their troubled marriages. Leslie's piece, "Welcome to the Club," was the inspiration for her novel, Wife Goes On.

"Comfort food for the lovelorn . . ."Elle Canada

"Each essay in this collection is revelatory . . . Anyone who's ever been in a relationship will encounter something relatable in these stories." ~ The New York Post


heartlessHEARTLESS

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR...

Anne O'Keefe, a sickly young librarian in wine country, dreams of a glamorous life. When she gets a heart transplant, her dreams come true in the form of erotic visions. Obsessed with new found passion, Anne learns that the heart now beating in her chest belonged to Suzanne Hawks, a beautiful socialite who was brutally murdered. Anne breaks off her engagement to the small town deputy sheriff and takes over the dead woman's life. But when Anne falls in love with the widower, she unwittingly becomes the next target for murder...

Directed by Judith Vogelsang. Starring Madchen Amick, Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), and Pamela Bellwood (Dynasty). After three years on the USA Network, the romantic thriller is now playing in theaters across Europe.

Revenue from this film financed a slate of six features for Santa Monica Pictures.