I was raised by a single parent in a poor neighborhood in Daytona Beach, FL. Later I moved to an even poorer neighborhood right outside of Washington DC in Langley Park, MD.
As a child, I used to love to read and would plan weekly trips to the library where I would read anything and everything. In high school, I earned a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA where I intended on majoring in English and Journalism. I soon lost confidence in my writing, however, and switched my major to Mathematics and Music.
While working as a math teacher at Georgetown Day School in Washington DC, I went back to my writing roots and started jotting down story ideas. While working as a math teacher at Ashley Hall School in Charleston, SC and earning my masters degree at the College of Charleston in mathematics, I wrote my first book, Ain't No Sunshine, which is published under my pen name Leslie DuBois.
After writing several books for adults and young adults, two of my students at Ashley Hall School inspired the character of Priscilla the Great and I began writing the award-winning series.
I currently still live in Charleston where I attend the Medical University of South Carolina working on my PhD in Biostatistics.
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