This page is a work in progress.  And because I believe that sometimes we find resources where we least expect them, some of the links go beyond writing and networking.  If you find them helpful, please know I wish you the best.  God bless.

Writing links:

Spalding University’s MFA Blog  What I’ve been doing for the past two years: Earning a Masters in Fine Arts in Writing degree at Louisville’s Spalding University. Stop by their blog to meet some of the wonderful people I met during my time there!

Catholic Writers Guild Blog   In past years, I posted tips for writers on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Check out my archived articles, or see what other lively and smart authors have to offer!

Louisville Romance Writers  A great group of talented and generous women who support each other through the rocky journey of writing and publishing. There are none better.

Romance Writers of America® The national organization for romance writers. As diverse and savvy a group as you could ever imagine. I’m especially glad to belong to the Luckies, the 2013 Golden Heart® finalists. 

Women Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) – A vibrant group of gifted authors, fascinating books. Check them out! 

Catholic Writers Guild  The main website for this international organization of Catholic writers.

Other links of interest:

RAINN      Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Free. Confidential. Secure.

The Hotline   The National Domestic Violence Hotline.  Anonymous & Confidential Help 24/7

The National Drug Abuse Hotline – Anonymous and Confidential Help, in Spanish or English, 24/7.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Support and education for families and caregivers of persons with mental illness. Crisis text line: Text NAMI to 741-741.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Free and Confidential Support, 24/7. – Addiction, Treatment & Rehab Resources    Drugs and alcohol use are often associated with domestic violence and rape. Further, addictions can begin as innocent coping mechanisms after an assault. Here is a 24/7 hotline for help with those issues.

The Recovery Village  – A national resource listing of substance abuse treatment centers; you will also find much educational material regarding the interrelatedness of substance abuse with domestic violence and a variety of mental illnesses.

Restorative Justice
A healing alternative to criminal justice, which gives voice to victims and promotes restoration of right relationships to all harmed by crime.

Links to Leslie’s nonfiction:

Articles for The Criterion, Indiana’s Largest Weekly Newspaper, published by the Archdioscese of Indianapolis: