She was raised in Northern Minnesota, just south of the Canadian border. The eldest of seven children, she grew up on the Iron Range, close to the world’s largest open pit mine for ore. Her earliest memories are of pines, icy lakes, blizzards and endless sky – a somber palette of dark green, tawny brown, grey, blue and white.
After studying English at St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Leslie completed her Ph.D. in English at Yale University and joined the Yale faculty as an Assistant and then Associate Professor of English. At Yale, she taught 17th and 18th century British literature, co-directed the University’s writing programs, and wrote a book on Milton, Beautiful Sublime: The Making of Paradise Lost, 1701-1734.
A change of career saw her complete a J.D. at Yale Law School and move to New York, where she practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In 2001, she moved to Sydney, Australia, to become Regional Legal Counsel for Deloitte Consulting in Asia Pacific, before moving into the role of General Counsel for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Australia.
In September 2012, she took a leave of absence from the practice of law to work full time on Turn Right, Good Moon and to complete a novel, Shooting Cellos.
Leslie Moore is currently the Director of the Piper Center for Vocation and Career at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.