Native New Yorker LESLIE CARROLL is a professional actress, who has participated as such in every New River session since the program’s inauguration in 1999. Leslie is also a multi-published novelist. At present, she writes contemporary women’s fiction for Avon Trade books. Her latest book, Temporary Insanity, hit the bookstores in late May, and her next urban comedy, Play Dates, about a young divorcee whose six-year-old daughter has a better social life than she does, goes on sale in January, 2005.
Leslie also is about to have her works of historical fiction published by Crown under the pseudonym Amanda Elyot, starting in the fall of 2005 with Immortal Beauty: the Memoirs of Helen of Troy, her hardcover debut, followed in the spring of 2006 by Sense and Sensuality: the Picaresque Adventures of a Georgian Time Traveler. This exciting romp, suggested by a personal experience (yes!) is the story of an actress auditioning to play the role of Jane Austen in a biographical drama who finds herself thrown back in time to Bath England, 1801, the year the Austen family moved there.
In her chequered career in both classical and contemporary theatre, Leslie has played virgins, vixens, and villainesses (many of them British) Off-Broadway, in numerous Off-Off venues, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She’s also appeared in film, TV, voiceovers, and recorded books. She is a graduate of Cornell University and a third-generation member of The Players, America’s most illustrious social club for writers and theatre
Her first two novels, MISS MATCH and REALITY CHECK (Ballantine/Ivy), contemporary romantic comedies set in New York City won a series of rave reviews. Leslie also writes historical, and New York noir detective fiction, and is the author of three stage adaptations of 19th century/early 20th century English novels: Ivanhoe, The Prisoner of Zenda, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Additionally, she is the dramatist of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, based upon the humorous writing of Mark Twain. As Associate Editor for Back Stage, New York’s leading trade paper for the Theatre professional, she wrote and edited theatre industry news and features. Leslie has also worked in the fields of politics, advertising, public relations, and law.
She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Romance Writers of America, and is a third-generation member of The Players, the country’s oldest and most prestigious theatrical and literary social club. Leslie is a graduate of the Fieldston School in Riverdale and received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.
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