Author Lesa Cline-Ransome is known for her picture book biographies of poets, anti-slavery crusaders, musicians, athletes, and mathematicians. Her novel Finding Langston received a Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. We impatiently waited for the companion novel, Leaving Lymon, which was published in early 2020. Lesa is a wonderful storyteller and a stellar nonfiction researcher and author. We’re glad she’s Skinny Dipping with us!
One green thing I wish everyone would do: Recycle
The book I wish everyone would read: Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. It will forever change the way in which you see history, race and inequality in this country.
The best way to stay fit: Walk. Every single day.
What keeps me up at night: The current state of politics, divisiveness, and partisanship.
Proudest moment in my career: Completing my first middle grade novel (Finding Langston) after years of writing picture books.
I don’t believe in: Limitations
My mom was right about: Nearly everything, but when I was young, she told me to always focus more energy on grooming my interior than my exterior and I would grow into a woman I could be proud of.
I tell myself every day: To trust myself.
The bravest thing I’ve ever done: Become a mother to four children. There is no instruction manual and yet every day requires a different skill set, hard work, energy, humor and resourcefulness.
If I could give you a piece of advice, it would be this: Be a reader.
The food I can’t resist: Chocolate layer cake (warm, with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side)
What I do when I want to feel joy: Surround myself with friends and family, good music and great food.