Leslie Lindsay|Always with a Book

Leslie Lindsay on a beach somewhere in the world.

Hey…I’m Leslie!

Leslie Lindsay is the creator and host of the award-winning author interview series, “Always with a Book.” Since 2013, Leslie, named “One of the most influential book reviewers” by Jane Friedman, ranks in the Top 1% of all GoodReads Reviewers and has conducted over 700 warm, inquisitive conversations with authors as wide-ranging as Robert Kolker and Mary Kubica to Helen Phillips and Mary Beth Keane, making her website a go-to for book lovers world-wide. She also snaps artistic photos of book covers and circulates on social media.

Her photography has been featured on the cover of Up the Staircase Quarterly; other photography featured in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM), Brushfire Arts & Literature, The Closed Eye Open works of photography short-listed in the Manhattan Review, forthcoming imagery in Tiferet Journal.

She has contributed to Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, Motherwell, Semicolon Literary Magazine, Ruminate’s The Waking, and many other publications. She currently has a memoir on submission with Catalyst Literary Management about her mother’s devolve into psychosis, their subsequent estrangement, her mother’s eventual suicide.

Leslie is the author of the award-winning/#1 Amazon bestseller special needs/parenting/communications disorder book, SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2020), now in its 2nd edition. She has appeared on Language During Mealtime with Becca Eisenberg, CCC-SLP and chatted with Dr. Erik Raj’s graduate level courses about educating future speech-language pathologists. She has also collaborated with various top-ranking pediatric SLPs in her research for SPEAKING OF APRAXIA. Penguin Random House will publish the audio version, with Leslie narrating, which will be available July 6, 2021.

A cum laude graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Sinclair School of Nursing, Leslie worked as a child/adolescent psychiatric R.N. at the Mayo Clinic before turning to writing full-time. She has continued her education at Northwestern University and the University of Madison-Wisconsin. She is a member of #BindersFullofNovelists, #ReadersCoffeeHouse, and #TallPoppyBloggers. Leslie currently lives near Chicago with her husband, and her two teenaged daughters. She always has a book nearby.


Author Interviews

Warm, lively, and generous conversations with contemporary bestselling and debut authors since 2013 about inspiration, process, writing tips, more. Conducted at leisure via email and shared here, always on Wednesdays, sometimes other days, too, in collaboration with publicists at top-notch publishing houses & PR firms.

Book Reviews

Balanced and thoughtful book reviews–ranging from literary fiction to psychological thrillers, historical fiction, children’s literature, and memoirhared widely on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads.


Audiobook, Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Penguin Random House Audio, July 6 2021). Directed by Allen Towbin, recorded at ARU in Chicago, Illinois

Sampling of featured authors: Emma Donoghue, Dani Shapiro, Mary Kubica, Thomas Christopher Greene, Kristin Hannah, Naima Coster, Mary Beth Keane, Chris Bohjalian, Meredith Hall, Sylvia True, Caroline Leavitt, Cynthia Swanson, T. Greenwood, Shari Lapena, Zibby Owens, Christina Baker Kline, Fiona Davis, Laird Hunt, Julia Fine, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Sonja Livingston, Angie Kim, Erica Bauermeister, Jan Eliasberg, Anna Solomon, Maya Shanbhag Lang, Caitlin Myer, Gilly Macmillan, Sally Hepworth, Julia Heaberlin, Ursula Hegi, Lynda Cohen Loigman, Diane Chamberlain, Marion Winik, Ladee Hubbard, Jessica Strawser, Samantha Downing, Sarah Erika Swyler, Lauren Acampora. *Sample to indicate wide-range of styles, themes, & genres, not to promote favoritism.

Book Photographer

Artistic images of book covers with natural elements, bringing the story to life, generating pre-publication publicity for select titles.


Currently on submission: MODEL HOME: Motherhood, Madness & Memory. Just released: SPEAKING OF APRXIA: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, 2nd edition (Woodbine House, 2020).

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