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Dawn Leslie Lenz

Writer, Editor and Designer

Location icon United States of America

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



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 about; but did you ever think that a shaman could be a 43-year-old bipolar woman from middle America?

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 earliest known rituals can be traced back to the broomstick. While men...

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 among the trees and bask in the glory of the earth's bodies of water,...

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 is a blog for people with bipolar disorder and other mental illness to find articles and resources to assist them in their daily struggles with their illnesses.

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 write better than you can." and "Do you really think you have what it takes to successfully write a novel?"


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 people succumb to the allure of the sun. The Sun Pandemic is a global phenomenon that no one seems to understand or be able to fight. Alone in her apartment, Chava struggles against this unknown force. Can her neurotic behaviors actually save her life?

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 whipped her dress out behind her like a white beacon of hope in this desolate place.

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 heart ached as she looked back at her sleeping home. If she hadn't mistakenly revealed her unique ability, she wouldn't have to leave.

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