In her charming and enlightening multicultural books Good Fortune and its sequel Golden Ring of Light, Leslie Bratspis interweaves themes of synchronicity, dreams, symbols, overcoming obstacles, and love. These two delightfully written stories are of Tong, an old Chinese scholar who turns into a secret mentor to Michael Hamilton, a man transitioning through a difficult time. GOLDEN RING OF LIGHT, the highly requested sequel to GOOD FORTUNE has all the same characters with some new ones. Part of the story takes place in Kauai and The Big Island of Hawaii. In addition to researching Chinese culture and customs, Leslie extensively researched Hawaiian customs and folklore for this sequel.
Her other books are VANILLA GRASS, the touching story of a reclusive Vietnam Veteran who rejoins society after he finds an abandoned puppy, and WHITE DUNES, a crime novel with characters influenced by her admiration for Elmore Leonard's writing. Leslie's most recent manuscript for THE ANNIVERSARY BRACELET is a dark psychological thriller. She will announce when it is about to be published.
Leslie always wanted to be an author. She spent most of her childhood in Hollywood, CA, with her teacher mother, and novelist and screenwriter father, Irving Shulman. She attributes her love of writing to her father, whom she saw writing novels and movie scripts on his old-fashioned manual typewriter. During summer breaks from school, her family went to Palm Springs, CA, and lived all summer at the Villa Royale hotel. Some years, when they stayed in the desert year-round, Leslie and her sister attended school. In the family photograph taken at The Villa Royale, Leslie is standing beside her father.
Leslie's books vary in genre because she wants to grow as a writer and not feel restricted. Her themes tend to cover social topics she finds important. Most of her books include uplifting messages pertaining to life lessons and growth. Leslie quickly learned that writing fiction requires more than being creative. It also involves doing a lot of research. Before the release of GOOD FORTUNE, she had it fact-checked by the Chinese Historical Society in San Francisco, CA. Her interest in penning two multicultural novels with Asian and Hawaiian characters, and including their customs, stems from her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from California State University Northridge.
When Leslie writes, she becomes so engrossed in her characters’ lives that she sees them in her mind and hears their conversations. She wants you to know she pens stories that come from her heart. Leslie often draws upon lessons she has learned from her life's challenges. Except for her current unpublished novel, Leslie's books emphasize themes of kindness, compassion, personal growth, and the importance of service to others. She wants her readers to feel uplifted and inspired, to come away with something of value, in addition to being entertained.
However, her new dark sexy psychological thriller, THE ANNIVERSARY BRACELET will be altogether different. The book began as a love story, but when Leslie removed a character that didn't fit well, two new characters appeared and led her on a different path. One of her blogs, "Spontaneous Generation Or...?" covers the creative process that brings forth unplanned characters and storylines. Leslie intends to feature the removed character in another novel.
Aside from reading and writing, Leslie enjoys walking her Golden Retrievers with her husband, sketching and painting, listening to blues and jazz, and mindfulness meditation. Leslie would love to hear from you. She invites you to email her at email@example.com
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