And the journey begins…..

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Did you ever stop and think: what happens when dreams come true??


In the movies, a frequent ending is… And they lived happily ever after.  We actually don’t know what comes next.


WOWZA! I thought finding out my novel, Before Anyone Else, (BAE) is going to be published was the ending. It’s just the…


Here’s what happens next. Or at least the very beginning of what happens next.


I will be 60 years old in less than a month. I am trying not to hyperventilate as I write this sentence. Clearly, my dream came true “late in life” to put it nicely. I feel a little bit like Sarah from the Bible. How old was she when she had a baby? But I have never had a book to be published so this is new to me. You know what else happened?


I’ve never had the need for a business card. Now when people ask me the name of my novel? When does it come out again? How do you spell your last name? Instead of stammering around, I can whip out a business card that features my author photograph on one side and my book jacket on the other.


For me, this is a brave new world. Because in between all of that, I am knee-deep in final edits. In addition, my publisher wants me to film a video discussing the novel. That is all well and good except I wish there was something they could do about my southern accent and did I mention before that I’m about to turn 60? And that I haven’t had any Botox? Or enhancements?


The publishers also want me to make my Instagram account public. You would not believe all the men who have requested to follow me and send me messages. Neurosurgeons, firefighters, men who love God, men who love Jesus and men that want to fulfill my every desire. I have just got to say that as long as I have been dealing with men in white coats, none of my doctors looks like the doctors on Instagram! They all seem to follow about 2000 people while only maintaining about fifty followers… Just saying. They all find me beautiful and charming, however.

I reflected on myself and my twenties. For me, I was pretty adventurous. I explored Europe by myself. And I moved to Atlanta without knowing a soul, having a place to live, having a job or having a car. Now I can barely go to the grocery store by myself!!

I am thrilled that my dream of being published has come true. I just didn’t know that “the end” simply meant “the beginning.”

Before Anyone Else is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Which means I am now an Amazon commodity. You can order me with your paper towels, toilet tissue and other essentials. That, my friends, is the American dream coming true right there.

Leslie XO




5 thoughts on “And the journey begins…..

  1. Yippee! My book has been ordered and I’m so excited to read it. I’m just thrilled for you, Leslie…and look forward to hearing about all of the other fun surprises in this next chapter of life. Maybe the best is yet to come!?! Much love, Addison



  2. I love this post! It made me laugh. Business cards, Instagramming, blog posting — it is scary. And you look amazing and nothing like you’re about to turn 60 BTW. It is NEVER too late for anything, and I tell myself this every day. I am so excited about your book, and what a huge accomplishment. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂


  3. I am so excited to buy your book and sit down to read it! I’m thrilled that my dear friend from childhood is a published author! I am sure that, as you said, this is just the beginning of more great things to come. I’ll be right there with you turning 60 about 3 weeks after you, and I am proud to have made it this far. Love you, Susie


  4. I am so proud of you and that your dream has come true!!!!! You are right, this is just the beginning of new things to come. As far as the Botox and enhancements are concerned you don’t need any of that. You are a beautiful person inside and out and who can blame the men that want to follow you. I am super proud to call you my friend and I hope that the blessings just keep pouring out to you. Can’t wait to grab my blanket and sit down to read your book.




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