Rachel Levy Lesser

Some things you may or may not know about me:

I drove a rider truck cross country one summer from Colorado to New York — the same summer I slept in a tent for six weeks as a counselor for a group of teenagers touring national parks. In between my truck driving days and my authorship days, I worked in marketing and PR for magazines and nonprofits. I worked on the launch of Teen People and Real Simple Magazines. At the time I could relate more to Teen People while in my early 20s, but now I relate way more to Real Simple in my mid 40s.

I’ve written four nonfiction books all in the memoir genre. Each time I finish writing a book, I think to myself that I’m done with nonfiction/memoir, but then I go back to it. I do have a few ideas in my head for fiction. I need to get those ideas out of my head, into stories and into paper.

My favorite entertainment medium these days is the podcast. I listen to podcasts whenever I can whether on long walks on the canal path down the street from where I live or chauffeuring my kids around to their various sports and activities. I have an idea for a podcast of my own that I hope to launch sooner rather than later.

My husband doesn’t like it when I write about him, but he has approved everything I have written about him thus far. He is private —me not so much. It works though —I would say quite well. My son has taught me way more than I ever imagined knowing about professional sports — particularly the NBA and the NFL. My daughter can almost beat me in tennis and is just about to perfect my self-proclaimed famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I doubt myself too much in my writing abilities, my mothering abilities and in probably many other categories as well. I am working on that. I was painfully shy as a child. My grownup friends have trouble believing that. I played on my high school and college squash teams. I practice yoga. I read. I ski. I bake. I play golf (badly.) I average two grande cups of coffee/lattes a day while writing at my local Starbucks.