Lesleyanne was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A retired veteran who served in Bosnia in 93/94, she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BA in History/Political Studies in 1988 and from Memorial University with a BA in English and Diploma in Creative Writing in 2008. Her short stories have won four times at the NL Arts and Letters Awards and three have been published. Her first novel, Braco, won the 2011 Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and in 2013, it was shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Today she spends most of her time babysitting her sister’s dogs and traveling the world.