Leslie Gould grew up in the small farming community of Pomeroy, Washington and graduated with a degree in history and communications from Judson Baptist College. Her past professional positions include curator of the Swedenburg House Museum in Ashland, Oregon and editor of three Northwest magazines. Her own close friendships and friendships she has witnessed inspired her to write her first novel, Garden of Dreams. Her second novel, Beyond the Blue, was inspired by the adoption of her youngest daughter in 2001, although it is not her story. Her third novel, Scrap Everything, was also inspired by friends and family.
Her ultimate goal in writing is to convey God's love, grace, and beauty. The themes of family and friendship are central to her writing. Fiction allows her to recreate emotions surrounding those relationships and to reveal truths about God and his redemptive work in our lives. Besides writing, she enjoys both teaching fiction and leading discussions about subjects included in her novels. She has presented at Oregon Christian Writers' conferences, Multnomah Bible College, Vietnamese Heritage Camp, book groups and in community settings.
She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.