With the simultaneous sales of a YA and adult romantic suspense novel, Leslie Davis Guccione left public relations and fundraising copywriting to concentrate on fiction. To date she has published thirty-one novels for adult, middle grade and teen readers, as well as articles on the craft of writing. Her books have garnered awards, starred reviews and genre fiction best seller status.
Her work for adults began with two Avon romantic suspense titles. She moved to Harlequin/Silhouette where every title for the Desire line topped B. Dalton, Waldenbooks and other bookstore bestseller lists. Two were featured as “Man of the Month” lead titles and her single title Bittersweet Harvest evolved into the six-book Branigan Brothers series. She was Harlequin/Silhouette’s “Author of the Month” during the release of Borrowed Baby for the Yours Truly line.
Her work has been translated into eight languages. She has been a finalist and judge for the RWA RITA awards. As Kate Chester she created and wrote the six book HEAR NO EVIL series for Scholastic. Six books for teen readers feature deaf protagonists; TELL ME HOW THE WIND SOUNDS has been optioned for television. Her works for young readers have been book club and readers’ choice selections as well as classroom required reading. Two titles have been featured in Hornbook Magazine’s “Musings” column.
In 2000 she took a break from fiction to teach, write articles on the craft and establish WORDS @ WORK, her manuscript review service. She is currently mentor and adjunct faculty member for Seton Hill University’s masters program: Writing Popular Fiction. Professional memberships have included The Authors Guild, Romance Writes of America (RWA) and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).