Dawn Leslie Lenz

Writer, Editor and Designer

I’m a lifelong writer, book lover and coffee fanatic. 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 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 (Un)stable Writers Writing Group. My writing has appeared in journals, books, online, and elsewhere.

I have 20 years of experience in the business both in corporate positions and on my own as a Designer, Writer and Editor. I work on the following freelance projects:
—Fiction writing including flash fiction, short stories and novels
—Nonfiction including creative nonfiction, scholarly and/or business articles about the craft of writing and creativity, bipolar and related disorders, travel, philosophy, metaphysics, occult, mythology, and many other topics
—Print/online design, including book covers, books, ebooks and the occasional Wordpress website

Get in touch with me today at story {at} dawnleslielenz {dot} com

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10 Things to Do When Visiting Edinburgh

Plan a visit to Scotland's alluring capitol city with these ten activities that will keep anyone captivated, including four with free admission.

Dawn Leslie Lenz

A Brief Introduction to Shamanism and My Allies

What is Shamanism? I'm certain you may already have formed an idea of what exactly a shaman might look like. And perhaps you think you know what shamans do and what they're...


Witchcraft and Broom Magic

The common, everyday household broom is a good luck as well as a fertility symbol and has been playing a magical role in the lives of people since ancient times. One of the...


Ornithomancy: Divination from the Flight and Cries of Birds

Birds are majestic creatures and have long fascinated humankind as messengers of the spirit world. With the ability to walk on land and fly through the air at will, to live...

Dawn Leslie Lenz

Introduction to The House of Muses: Part 1, The Muses

I'm so glad you've decided to stop by for a visit to my site. You are probably wondering what the House of Muses is and what in the heavens House of Muses means. House of Muses...

Lodgeo Blog

Lodgeo Travelogue Blog

This is the travelogue blog concept I came up with for Lodgeo, the hotel app, which commenced in 2014.

Dawn Leslie Lenz

Strategies for Handling Your Inner Critic

 [krit-ik]1 noun Every morning, as I sit down to write, I hear my inner critic say things like "What you produced yesterday was awful. You call that writing?" and "A child can...


Zephyr of Ashes

Untreed Reads Publishing

The sun’s intense draw lures out all the people of the world, while agoraphobic Chava Logan hunkers down inside her San Francisco apartment in terror. Slowly, more and more...

Mystic Illuminations

A Thousand Cranes

The cranes descended from the sky in droves of white. Lana watched the birds swoop from the cloudless blue to the clearing in a massive sheet. The wind from the birds' descent...

Mystic Illuminations

Ethereal Blythe

Blythe jumped onto her mare's back, arranging cumbersome skirts and sitting astride the black horse without a saddle. The first light of dawn peeked over the hills. Blythe's...

Untreed Reads Publishing

She Flies

Nora went to Florida to kill herself. That, at least, she knew for sure. As for everything else, it was a big, screaming, ugly haze that squeezed itself into her head, kept...

Mystic Illuminations

The Enchanted Library

Irving Ambrosi forgot to comb his hair again. He forgot most basic things like eating, bathing, and changing clothes. He wore his stained button down shirt from yesterday topped...

Mystic Illuminations

The Wintertide Spell

Wind rocketed through the trees causing ice-laden branches to shudder and sway. Phi stood at the edge of the frozen pond with her black hair whipping about her face, bundled in...


Jennifer Lynn

Coming Home Book Cover

Sometimes living in the present requires getting lost in the past...I did the design for the book cover of Jennifer Lynn’s novel, Coming Home.

Jennifer Lynn

Being Here Book Cover

Have you ever wondered if life is more than a series of random events...I did the book cover design for the novel Being Here by Jennifer Lynn.