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I didn’t know I wanted to write about haunted water, but it’s a theme I return to every time I write a short story or start a new novel. If it’s got a tentacle, or a water ghost, or a near-drowning, I’m probably going to write about it.

I started writing FRACTURED TIDE while I was taking an advanced open water scuba class out in Clearsprings Lake near Dallas. Our group dove in this insane area of the lake called The Silo, which is not much more than a sixty-foot-deep muddy sinkhole where light can’t reach. It was terrifying. After that, I got the chance to dive off the coast of Key Largo on this monster wreck called the Speigel Grove. This time I got clear water, coral-encrusted railings, and schools of snapper. That wreck is beautiful, but it’s also a little creepy down there. The 90-foot depth keeps the place in perpetual twilight, and the empty hallways of the ship feel haunted. Those experiences got inside my head, and over the last three years, I wrote a book. For the record, there are no recorded sightings of sea monsters on the Speigel Grove (yet).

My writing has found its way into some journals, including Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, TypishlyNumber OneThe Glass TesseractThe Lyric, and Raintown Review.  I won the 2018 Frisco First Chapter Contest for FRACTURED TIDE, which gave me enough confidence to pitch the novel to Amy Bishop, an agent with Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. She said yes, and I’ve been celebrating ever since.

When I’m not writing or diving, I’m hanging out with my husband and seven-year-old. My daughter and I love hiking and taking care of the chicken coop at school. My husband, Russell Lutz, is a writer as well, so if you want to read some awesome science fiction, pickup The Department of Off World Affairs or Iota Cycle.

Contact Info:

Email: lesliewrites@lesliekarenlutz.com

Twitter: @lesliekarenlutz