Leslie A. Rasmussen was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. She went on to write television comedies for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, and Drew Carey, as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. After leaving the business to raise her boys, she attained a master's degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Recently, she’s written over twenty essays for Huffington Post and speaks on panels discussing empowering women in midlife. Leslie is a member of The Writers Guild of America, as well as Women In Film and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. After Happily Ever After is Leslie’s debut novel and has won over fifteen awards, including the New York City Big Book Award, the Silver Literary Titan Award, not to mention a finalist in the International Book Award, a distinguished favorite in the Independent Press Awards, and an honorable mention in the prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards. Her next novel, The Stories We Cannot Tell will be released by Touchpoint Press. In her free time, Leslie loves to read, exercise, and hang out with her husband and two sons.
"After Happily Ever After"
Maggie Dolan, forty-five-years, is struggling with getting older. With her husband hiding a secret, and her daughter soon leaving for college, she realizes it’s her time to rediscover the woman she used to be. As Maggie starts out on this exciting and sometimes scary journey, she tries to navigate through the problems in her marriage, her daughter pulling away from her, her narcissistic mother, and the news that her father’s health is deteriorating, she finds herself pulled in a direction that makes her question the life she’s always known. "After Happily Ever After" deals with marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they come crashing down at the same time.
"The Stories We Cannot Tell"2023