I took an online test once to determine what my design style was. The results said I was eclectic. Nailed it! It’s true for everything in my life. From home furnishings to food to reading and writing, I can never choose only one of anything. And because of that this website is an attempt to wrangle my many interests into order; starting with the two names I write under (Did I mention I’m a Gemini?) Lesa Boutin and Lesa Howard. Under Lesa Boutin, I write middle grade and low YA, but my edgier pieces are under Lesa Howard.
The author side of me is only one aspect of this site. I also teach creative writing to elementary and middle school children. I have the great fortune of working for a nonprofit organization in Houston called Writers in the Schools, aka WITS. Over the years with WITS, I’ve accumulated a slew of creative writing lessons and experiences. There’s been a lot of trial and error which led me to realize it might be a good thing to share some of it, especially for other authors looking to add something more to their Author School Visits. So the posts on this blog will reflect my multiple (or eclectic if you prefer the classier distinction) personalities, containing issues with my own writing, anecdotes from the classroom, book recommendations, and possibly some mini temper tantrums and/or breakdowns.
For books written as Lesa Howard in ebook and print
For books written as Lesa Boutin in print
If you’re interested in having me visit a school, library, or writers group, check out my CONTACT/VISITS page.
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