Leslie Tall Manning

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Leslie Tall Manning is an award-winning novelist who loves writing about grown-ups who crave change and often discover it in ways they never expected (GAGA, Self-e Library Selection recipient, and MAGGIE's DREAM). She also writes about teenagers who believe in independence, often stumbling into it headfirst (UPSIDE DOWN IN A LAURA INGALLS TOWN, Sarton Women's Literary Award recipient and I AM ELEPHANT, I AM BUTTERFLY). As a private English tutor and writing specialist, Ms. Manning spends her evenings working with students of all ages, and her days working on her own writing projects. When she isn’t clacking away at the computer keys or conducting research for her books, she loves traveling with her artist husband and hanging out in her Norm ...more

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Leslie Tall Manning Get your rear end in the chair, first and foremost. I write Mon through Thurs, two to three hours at a time. I never waver. It's like punching a time…moreGet your rear end in the chair, first and foremost. I write Mon through Thurs, two to three hours at a time. I never waver. It's like punching a time clock. I pretend my characters have been holding their breath all night, and without me to help them breathe, they will die. So get your rear into the chair! Just remember to take breaks, sleep well, eat well, and stretch. Writing is only part of your life. Find the balance!(less)
Leslie Tall Manning I am in a tiny percentage of writers who has never suffered from writer's block. Ever. The only time I get stuck for a minute or two is when I have…moreI am in a tiny percentage of writers who has never suffered from writer's block. Ever. The only time I get stuck for a minute or two is when I have too many fun choices, but then I just pick one and move forward, letting my characters rule! (Though I take back control during editing!)(less)
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A (Literal) Pain in the Neck

I have been writing since college in the mid-nineties. As a late bloomer and theatre major, the first major work I wrote was a play that was eventually produced and performed at my university. Then I took a novel-writing class. I began my first novel in my final semester of senior year, and completed it in 1999 while sitting at a fold-out table in a cramped apartment dining room. Then I wrote a... Read more of this blog post »
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