Lenore Appelhans - Author

Thanks to my father's job in the US military, I became addicted to travel early.  To date, I've visited over 70 countries and have stepped on every contintent except Antartica. My travels inspire my writing - in fact, the original spark of the idea for THE MEMORY OF AFTER grew out of an discussion with my grandmother about whether it was better to spend my money on Precious Moments figurines (her view) or plane tickets (my view). 


I currently live in the D.C. area and the last foreign country I visited was Northern Ireland (October 2017). Clearly I need to get my passport on the move again! 


I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Class of July 2016 - go Themepunks!) My latest YA book, THE MANIC PIXIE DREAM BOY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT began as my creative thesis at VCFA. 


Fun facts:

  • I've lived in 10 US states (North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, California, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia, and Maryland) and 5 foreign countries (Greece, Ecuador, Spain, Japan, Germany)
  • I am owned by a Sacred Birman cat. You can see pictures of her in cute and crazy poses on my blog.
  • I wrote my first book, Timothy the Bug, in the car on a family vacation when I was in the 5th grade. In 8th grade, I made it to the state semi-finals in Ohio's Power of the Pen competition (I placed 5th at the regional level).
  • I've swam with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, walked with lions in Zimbabwe, fed anteaters in Tikal, Guatemala, braved fire ants in Australia, chased a puffin across a black sand beach in Iceland and narrowly avoided stepping on a snake in Burma.