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Belmont author plots upcoming Carolina Book Fest

Leslie Dover

Belmont resident Leslie (L.P., as she’s known to her readers) Dover is a prolific writer, having written and published 17 novels in the past three years.

She’s always loved reading and writing, but until several years ago, never considered writing as a way to make a living. “You never think of being an author as a profession,” she said. “It seemed out of reach.”

She worked in the dental field, but after staying home with her first child, found she “had a little idle time,” and tried her hand at writing.

She self-published her first book in 2012, and she hasn’t looked back since. It was the beginning of a new career. “When the first book did well, I published another one.”

Dover’s novels are mostly contemporary romantic suspense. She also has done a fantasy series. She finds writing to come naturally, because she writes about subject matter that she enjoys reading herself.

Although Dover found quick and consistent success going the increasingly popularly route of self-publishing, she is now working with a traditional publisher. She has a deal with Random House to publish four books within the next year, and her agent is working on other deals.

As a popular author, Dover has been to many book signing events, where readers have the opportunity to meet and have their favorite authors sign their books. “I’ve been all over the country, but I’ve never been to one in the Charlotte area,” she said. Recognizing that Charlotte is a city with great appreciation for the literary arts, she wanted to bring an author event here.

It took over a year of planning, but her efforts will come to fruition Aug. 15, when the first Carolina Book Fest will take place. More than 80 authors will participate in the event, which will be held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. It was important to Dover to keep costs affordable, as to provide an opportunity for as many readers and fans to attend as possible.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, which includes a tote bag that can be used for author’s signatures – something that is commonly done at author signing events. Each author will have books available for sale; guests can bring their own books for signing. For $20, attendees gain admittance to the after-party, which will be held at Dave & Buster’s. Guests can enjoy a dessert buffet, while mingling with other attendees and authors.

Including a variety of genres at the event was something into which Dover put a lot of thought. She wanted there to be something to appeal to all types of readers. Writers of young adult and adult novels will be be there. Historical fiction, adult contemporary and adult paranormal are a few of the genres that will be represented.

Dover is excited to bring her vision to the Charlotte area, allowing readers and authors to connect in person – and hopes readers turn out to make the event a huge success.

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