Leslye Walton was born in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps because of this, Leslye has developed a strange kinship with the daffodil--she too can only achieve beauty after a long, cold sulk in the rain. She was named a William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist and a Waterstone Best Book finalist for her debut novel, The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, whichwas also awarded the 2015 Pacific Northwest Book Award, the 2015 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award, and the 2015 PEN Center Children's/Young Adult Literary Award.
Leslye is a full-time writer currently living in Seattle, Washington with her chihuahuas, Mr. Darcy and Doc Holliday. She received an MA in writing from Portland State University and is affiliated with SCWBI, and PEN CENTER USA. Her next novel, The Price Guide to the Occult, is set to be published in March 2018.