Lee Strauss is the bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery Sci-fi Romantic Suspense), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction, with a new cozy historical mystery series, Ginger Gold Mysteries, coming soon. When she’s not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and kayak. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag :0), cashew lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.
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I was born in Aurora Illinois, a suburb of Chicago to Canadian parents which makes me a dual citizen. By the time I was two we were residents of San Jose, CA. I might’ve grown up there, as my parents had green cards, but then my dad got drafted for the war in Vietnam. A good time for Canadians to return to Canada! I’m a little saddened by that since I hate cold and winter and would’ve made a great California Girl. 🙂 Thankfully I live in the most temperate part of Canada in the Okanagan Valley which is a strip of desert that snakes up from California. Kelowna is known for its beaches, fruit orchards and wineries.
I married a musician when I was twenty-two and signed up for an adventurous and non-conventional life. We’ve lived in Kelowna, Vancouver, West Germany, Boston and back to Kelowna with a part-time residence in East Germany. My husband and I are also involved with a humanitarian effort in Romania and have made several trips there. You can find out more about that here: http://www.newhorizonromania.com/
In all I’ve traveled to twelve European countries, Mexico, fourteen states, and six Canadian provinces. Africa, Central and South America and Asia are on my bucket list.
I had four children in six years, three boys and a girl. It was during the time with all the bed time stories that I first thought that maybe I could write. At the time I was sketching and painting, but I needed something that the kids couldn’t get into, so I started reading everything I could from the library on writing and publishing including every single Writer’s Digest Magazine. Then I started writing. And I wasn’t very good. It took quite a long time before I began to master the craft and find my voice as a writer.
The first time the penny dropped was when I was writing Clockwise, a humorous YA time travel romance. I finally found my groove! Clockwise continues to be a favorite book amongst my readers. I found my first agent with Clockwise, however she was unable to make a sale. She recommended that I self-publish it. I did and I was hooked. I love being in control of my own career. Writing and publishing works great for me and my situation since I can write from anywhere. I love the mobility it affords and I can’t think of too many jobs I could take with me on the road. Since writing Clockwise I’ve published seven titles as Elle Strauss (my lower YA/tween brand name), five Hope Franke Strauss sweet inspirational romances and seven Lee Strauss books.