Leslie Josel is an award-winning academic/life coach for teens and college students, who founded Order Out of Chaos to help students learn the skills they need to succeed in learning and in life. She is also an award-winning author, creator of an academic planner that helps students master time management skills, and an internationally acclaimed speaker on topics spanning from time management to raising problem solvers to procrastination.
What was your favorite book when you were a child?
Anything written by Judy Blume!
What’s your favorite line from a book?
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank
Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?
Anthony Bourdain, Ross Greene, Donna Tartt
Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?
I have been in business now for over 15 years. I travel the world regularly presenting to parents, students and teachers on issues surrounding teens today. Over the years, I am inundated with questions on how to navigate the world of time management, procrastination, studying and so much more. These are issues filled with emotion, anxiety and confusion. Not a day goes by that I am not speaking, writing, emailing, coaching or talking on these subjects. Having developed my arsenal of “Triple Ts,” it was time to start writing books! This one will be my third!
Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?
Yes! Write what you know. Write what you are passionate about. Write in YOUR voice, in your style, and with authenticity. It doesn’t matter if it is fiction or not. Your reader will know.