About Lesley

I’ve always loved writing and spent my schooldays sitting by classroom windows staring at the sky and dreaming up stories. As a result I never mastered simultaneous equations or kinetic theory but enough education filtered through to get me to university and blag my way into a series of careers – firstly as a solicitor, then as an event organiser and, in time, as a Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a charity.

Writing was an important part of all of those jobs, from explaining complex legal issues in plain language to composing newsletters, adverts and funding applications. However, much as I enjoyed those creative outlets, my favourite kind of writing is fiction. People are endlessly fascinating to me and I just love creating characters then exploring their challenges and triumphs.

After writing four novels set between 1909 and the Roaring 20s I’m delighted to be writing a World War II series. The Wartime Bookshop series is set on the home front in a village in Hertfordshire.

The original book was published in 2022 with Land Girls at the Wartime Bookshop and Christmas at the Wartime Bookshop following in 2023. Evacuees at the Wartime Bookshop is being launched in 2024 with A Foundling at the Wartime Bookshop coming in early 2025. All my books feature lively characters and explore friendship, courage, loyalty and love in difficult times. 

As well as writing my own stories, I have many years’ of experience of mentoring other writers too, so do take a look at my ‘For Writers’ page.

Writing achievements – winning the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, being shortlisted in the UK Romantic Novel Awards and success in competitions as varied as crime writing to writing for children. I have also sold more than 90 short stories to the magazine market.

Where I live – Originally Manchester but currently in Hertfordshire.

Lesley Eames - book author