Leslie Davis Guccione
HEIDI'S PICK SIX
1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Hands down my 6 hard scrabble cranberry growing Branigan brothers. The most fun a girl can have on paper.
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
Edit. I love helping the next generation of writers and as a mentor and via my occasional freelance manuscript critiques WORDS@WORK, I’ve discovered it’s far more fun to work on and criticize other people’s work.
5. Who are you reading right now?
I’m revisiting the work of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek; The Yearling) and Scott Berg’s bio of her renowned editor–of-all-editors Maxwell Perkins. My photo was taken at her FL homestead next to the famed Remington typewriter on the porch. A recent pilgrimage.
6. Pop culture or academia?
I studied painting with Carolyn Wyeth for my degree in studio art and my books, Silhouette romances, are fun reads for young readers. Pop culture all the way.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
My books pay the mortgage so I never have had the luxury of waiting for inspiration. I just pull from life around me. (Cranberry growers; harbor masters; sailors; lobstermen; a deaf teenage neighbor; now Baby Boomer issues)
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
My son is a semi-pro snowboarder and my son-in-law a sailmaker and professional sailor. I married a sky diver (Do we see a trend here?) but I got him out of planes and into boats. I follow all of the above which is a lot easier than doing them.
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
With the simultaneous sales of a YA and adult romantic suspense novel, Leslie Davis Guccione left public relations and fundraising copywriting to concentrate on fiction. To date she has published twenty-eight novels for adult, middle grade and teen readers, as well as articles on the craft of writing. Her books have garnered awards, starred reviews and genre fiction best seller status.
Her work for adults began with two Avon romantic suspense titles. She moved to Harlequin/Silhouette where every title for the Desire line topped B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and other bookstore bestseller lists. Two were featured as “Man of the Month” lead titles and her single title Bittersweet Harvest evolved into the six-book Branigan Brothers series. She was Harlequin/Silhouette’s “Author of the Month” during the release of Borrowed Baby for the Yours Truly line.
Her work has been translated into eight languages. She has been a finalist and judge for the RWA RITA awards. As Kate Chester she created and wrote the six book Hear No Evil series for Scholastic. Six of her books for teen readers feature deaf protagonists; Tell Me How the Wind Sounds has been optioned for television. Her works for young readers have been book club and readers’ choice selections as well as classroom required reading. Two titles have been featured in Hornbook Magazine’s “Musings” column.
In 2000 she took a break from fiction to teach, write articles on the craft and establish WORDS @ WORK, her manuscript review service. She is currently mentor and adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill University’s masters program: Writing Popular Fiction. Professional memberships have included The Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America (RWA) and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).