About Lesley

LesleyLesley Kellas Payne is an independent fiction editor with thirty years’ experience in assisting writers in perfecting their craft and achieving publication. She has learned from every writer with whom she has worked, from their varied voices, unique perspectives, and committed effort. Among the published authors she has assisted with novels, short stories and non-fiction are Mitchell Chefitz, Sybil Downing, Harold Lowry (writing as Leigh Greenwood) and Elliot Pattison.

Lesley has presented workshops at writers’ conferences and through California State University, Fresno and the University of California extension services. Her keynote workshop, Solving the Protagonist Puzzle, was included in The Portable Writers’ Conference. Having work-shopped her own writing in poetry classes led by Philip Levine, she understands how to accept and offer critique and how challenging that process can be for a writer. Lesley lives in Fresno, California, with her husband.