FAQ

Some questions come up a lot, so I thought I would answer them in advance and save you an email/tweet.

 

…Are you an English Department student of Barnard College/Columbia University, in New York City? If so, yes, probably. Please use my school email for any class-related inquiries. Also, stop Googling your teachers. S’weird.
Yup! My debut Young Adult novel, THE FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER, will be published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins January 2019.

You should buy yourself a copy. And another copy for someone you love. And maybe even a third one for someone you hate; start building that bridge back with a gift, y’know?

Leslie York at Fredrica S. Friedman & Co. Another human phoenix. I’ve been pretty lucky on that front.
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Born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, QC, defected to America for college. Four different types of Visa later, I’m still here.
Gah! These are impossible questions! Ask me every day for a week and you’ll probably get seven different answers. (Although, Gilmore Girls might come up twice.)

Today, hm, Book: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, Movie: Catch Me If You Can (2002, Spielberg), TV: The first season of American Vandal (Netflix).

No, I’ve hung up my ghostwriting cap. Hopefully, for good.
Lol, no.

BUT, I might consult on your project and give you thoughtful and extensive feedback at the treatment or script level for a pre-agreed upon fee. (What? This stuff takes a lot of time and money’s fun.)

“Nobody needs to see this story that’s in your head. Nobody asked for it. For most of your first readers — classmates, potential agents, underpaid slush pile readers — it will be work. So, it’s only polite to make this unnecessary, unsolicited thing interesting.”
Beauty and the Beast. I really wanted my furniture to come alive as a kid? (Why, yes: I am an only child.) But not the toys like Toy Story; that’s lame. Armoires, davenports, and stuff.
5’8”

Now, when we meet you’ll say “You’re taller in person!”, but that’s just because everyone who is 5’8” lies and rounds it up to 5’10”. I’m owning being the most average height possible.

Err, probably a little. “Loosely inspired by”? Sorry! Or, you’re welcome. Whichever answer you were looking for.