Leslie Lehr is a prize-winning author, screenwriter, essayist and story consultant.
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 screened in Europe for nine years. Her nonfiction books include the humorous Welcome to Club Mom; Happy Helpful Grandma Guide, excerpted on FisherPrice.com; and designer Wendy Bellissimo’s 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, was 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 NYT praised GirlfriendsBookClub, contributes to the Tarcher/Penguin Series Now Write, and reviews books on Goodreads.
As the Novel Consultant for Truby Writers Studio, Lehr mentors writers to publication. She has taught at the world-renowned Writer’s Program at UCLA Extension, run private workshops and worked individually with writers of every genre.
A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a MFA from Antioch University, Lehr is a popular panelist and inspirational speaker at literary and film conferences around the country. She is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film, and The Women’s Leadership Council.
On the personal side, Lehr is incognito as Chemo Chick on www.sickofpink.com. She has two beloved daughters and lives in Southern California.