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This is a little piece I wrote on one of those days . . . Know-it-all   I know you. Sure, I realize you want to say ‘no you fucking don’t’, but I do. I know how you want to … Continue reading

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Liesl D Wilke

Liesl Wilke is a New Jersey- born and southern-raised author of novels, short stories, and television dramas. She has a Sociology degree from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina. She has written several novels, the most recent of which, Circle of Three, won the 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel Award. She has also won awards for her novel Unfurling Lily, her short story “Ordinary Commerce,” and a narrative non-fiction piece entitled “Of Crab Traps and Fisherwomen.” In 2011, she won the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for her story “Stalled Symphony,” which is the inspiration for her current work on a television series called “Stalled,” set in and around a Seattle mall bathroom. Her stories have also appeared in the G.W. Review and Short Story, and an excerpt from her novel, Circle of Three was published by Narrative Magazine. Ms. Wilke has also written (as L.D. Thornton) a mystery novel called Jordan Falls, optioned for television by Keith Samples, with whom she worked on a pilot script and series treatment for a one-hour drama set in the North Carolina mountains. She is actively at work on several other television scripts including one based on her award-winning story “Stalled Symphony.”

Ms. Wilke is a mother of two daughters and lives with her family outside of Seattle and in Southern California. She is an accomplished oil painter, a very messy cook, and a passionate philanthropist advocating for Indian higher education, the arts, and scientific progress. She is a Lyme Disease survivor, having spent a number of years on multiple antibiotics and as a result takes vitamins and sunshine seriously and tries to lighten up on most everything else. More than anything, she loves, and needs, to create things - art, worlds, characters. Writing is a compulsion fed by the surprising joy found in connecting to other human beings – of knowing that a character or a world woven from daydreams and all the breaks and mended bits of her own life has deeply resonated with another person.

Endorsement:

Liesl Wilke's stories are the sophisticated work of a sinuous mind and deep heart. Her characters span a darkling mid-American range from the police beat to the Ivy League. Driven equally by the worst and the best in themselves, her characters' desires lead them toward raw confrontations in which the riddle becomes how to support grace when it unexpectedly arrives

--Tom Jenks, Narrative Magazine