Name Lesley Anne Cowan
Location Toronto
Member Since Jul 16, 2010
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So let me introduce myself...

I’m an author of two YA novels published by Penguin Canada. The first one is called As She Grows. The second, just published this June, is called Something Wicked.  People have referred to my novels as being ‘page turners'. People have also referred to them as ‘gritty’ or ‘dark’ or ‘disturbing’. I’d agree, my novels are not a  ‘happy’ read. In fact, they can be quite shocking. If you’re looking for boy kisses-girl-and-girl-blushes fiction, this is not it! Also these books are not for teens under 14 as they deal with some really serious issues like meaningless sex, drugs, cutting, assault, crime, drug overdose, etc. 

As well as being a writer, I teach English and math to at-risk youth in a special substance abuse program for teens. Obviously, this is where I became familiar with the sort of characters I write about, though all my writing is fictional. None of it is based directly on anyone I’ve met.  

In a nutshell. My most recent novel, Something Wicked, is about a 16 year old girl named Melissa who (again) is living with a not-so-great role model. Her mother pretty much acts like a teenager and Melissa is left to parent her parent. Melissa deals with all sorts of things mostly related to undiagnosed depression: lots of meaningless sex, smoking pot, etc. In the beginning of the book she gets a ‘break and entry’ charge and has 3 months to turn her life around to avoid going to jail. The book is about her attempt to do this. 

I hope you can check out my books!  You can always see more on my website www.lesleyannecowan.com

Thanks so much for taking the time to read a little bit about me and my story; I hope you like it! You can also buy my books at Canadian book stores and at Amazon (there's a link over there ----------->>>>>>)


As She Grows

As She Grows

4 pages, updated Sep 02, 2010PG-13
One day a character comes to you. She is beautiful and ugly all at once. She can be terrible and hurt people in ways you never could. She can also be sweet and fragile, just li... read more
294 reads votes 10 comments 4
Interview! with R. Lynn and Lesley Anne Cowan

Interview! with R. Lynn and Lesley Anne Cowan

4 pages, updated Aug 26, 2010PG
This is an interview between R. Lynn and Lesley Anne Cowan about inspiration for her book and the writing process
3,100 reads votes 47 comments 12
Something Wicked

Something Wicked

2 pages, updated Jul 19, 2010PG-13Pictures
Melissa’s most recent troubles stem from a secret: her twenty-eight-year-old boyfriend, Michael, has just broken up with her. Though the relationship is clearly over, Melis... read more
942 reads votes 27 comments 14

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This is the first chapter of my new novel, Something Wicked. It was just released this past June.
Something Wicked