Dawn Leslie Lenz, author

Dawn Leslie Lenz

I have been a writer since the age of eight when I penned my first micro-fiction story about a tiny girl who lived in a tree stump. I have always had a wild imagination and through my writing, I can let my imagination have its way with me. Writing to me is like having air to breathe.

I live, eat and breathe writing. My last two novels, I wrote the rough drafts in 30 days and I loved every single solitary minute of it, even the challenging parts. It’s all indicative of the writing process. Everything that I see, hear, taste, touch, and smell is something that I can use in my writing. Everything I experience, everything I read, everything I overhear–that’s all fodder for my imagination to take flight. And it does! My imagination is an eagle, soaring to the greatest heights.

Welcome to my imagination.

I am a Master of Fine Arts graduate of the Low Residency Creative Writing Program at the University of New Orleans, traveling to Brunnenburg castle in Dorf Tirol, Italy and Madrid, Spain to study writing as well as many other destinations on my own. I’m a member of the International Thriller Writers Association, Missouri Writers’ Guild and Unstable Writers Writing Group. My writing has appeared in journals, books, online, and elsewhere, including The Rambler, The Green Tricycle, Mirror, Mirror: Reflections on the Way We Look (Midmarch Arts Press 2004), and Springfield Magazine, among others. My short story She Flies was published by Untreed Reads Publishing. My short story “Zephyr of Ashes,” an e-book published by Untreed Reads Publishing was a bestseller in August 2011 and is available worldwide.

I am the founder of Mystic Salon, a community organization whose mission is to explore the magic in everything. Part of Mystic Salon is an online esoteric literary journal, Mystic Illuminations where we are intent on exploring the magic through words.

My current literary endeavors are threefold: two novels and a blog project. The first is my novel, Immortal Gypsy, featured in detail on this site. Find out all about what I’m up to and how you can get involved and Become Immortal! The second is a novel featuring a woman experiencing bipolar disorder in flux. The blog is featured on this site and is called House of Muses. Find out all about it here.

I am so blessed to have had a wonderful education in liberal arts, literature, and creative writing:

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing, University of New Orleans
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, Missouri State University
Honors Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, Jefferson University

To create impactful stories with fictional characters that live, breathe and leap off the page. To create worlds that draw the reader in and make you want to stay. To create unique, engaging stories that captivate, entertain and linger in the reader’s memory long after you have gone on to other things.

Empyrean, a noun, is the highest heaven, thought by the ancients to contain the pure element of fire. When I write, I take my thoughts to a higher level of consciousness, a higher plane, so the act of putting words on paper becomes an empyreal act. So, writing, for me, is a state of elevated consciousness.

What about the fire that shoots from my pen when I rip through that scene where Chava hunkers down in her apartment, terrified into immobility? What about the fire that seared through my fingers as I typed out the last scene of Nora standing on her hotel balcony, the ocean breeze whipping through her skirts, certain of her fate? Yes, fire has been my companion on many a writing escapade. It is the heat, the drive, the will to succeed. My motivation is a light that guides me along the way. It is what makes me sit down at my computer or go to a coffee shop to write.

Imagination: It is what gives me the will to persevere through the negative thoughts swirling around in my head about my work, my writing and anything that would stop me from putting pen to paper. But more than that, this empyrean fire is the essence of my creative juice, flowing through my body, inoculating my mind with a treasure trove of ideas and stamina for the next go round.

I write in a state of elevated consciousness, write with a deep fire burning inside that explodes out of me like a torrent every time I sit at my writing desk. I’ve learned to appreciate this creative heat that emanates through me onto the page. I am creating something no one else can create–something from my very own imagination, my creative center, my empyrean consciousness.

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