Former publishing executive Leslie Schnur is enjoying a new career on the other side of the editor's desk, as the bestselling author of The Dog Walker -- a fiesty urban frolic about finding friendship and love in the big city, with a little help from Man's Best Friends.
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Leslie Schnur at Barnes & Noble.
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 3, 1954
Place of Birth:
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1977
Leslie Schnur's official web site
|The Dog Walker|
Schnur's delightful debut tells the story of Nina Shepard, a Manhattan dog walker who has been around the block, so to speak, and yearns to find that something -- or someone -- she can be passionate about. Luckly, one of the perks of her job is that she holds the keys (literally) to some of the most interesting apartments in town, and she just might find something -- or someone -- interesting behind one of those doors.... Jennifer Weiner, author of Good in Bed and Little Earthquakes, calls The Dog Walker "a warm-hearted, big-city fairytale about the things that matter most: dogs, friends, music, and falling in love."
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|An Author's Inspiration|
|In our exclusive interview, Schnur told us about a piece of paper torn from the manuscript of Stephen King’s On Writing that she keeps taped to her wall. "Scribner Publisher Susan Moldow sent me his manuscript when I left publishing to write, thinking I’d find it helpful. And boy, did I!" Schnur recalls. "When I was feeling bratty and sorry for myself because I was working in my bedroom, on an old computer on a tiny table and using the bed as a desk, I read this: 'Put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.' ” |
|Schnur's Reading Recommendations|
We asked Schnur to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books. Nick Hornby's High Fidelity topped her list. "I loved every word, every page, every character. And the sensibility. And the writing itself. And the obsession with music," Schnur recalled. "High Fidelity made me say, 'I wish I could do that.' It gave me something to aspire to -- and still does."
|The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing|
Schnur also tapped Melissa Bank's "chick lit" pioneer, The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing as a favorite, praising its "totally recognizable characters and truths." Read our complete interview with Schnur to learn about more of her favorite writers and reads, including: