Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York, and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled, and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned, and has so far produced five novels, including two historicals. Hatchel lives in Memphis, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband, a wonderful stepson, Matt, and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.