Leslie A. Rasmussen
Leslie A. Rasmussen is the award-winning author of After Happily Ever After: A Novel. She graduated with a bachelor’s in communications from UCLA and went on to write television comedies and is a member of Writers’ Guild of America, West. She wrote for Gerald McRaney, Burt Reynolds, Roseanne Barr, Norm McDonald, Drew Carey, and Ralph Macchio as well as The Wild Thornberrys and Sweet Valley High. Later, she earned a master’s degree in nutrition and ran her own business for ten years. Most recently, Leslie has written personal essays for online magazines such as Huffington Post, MariaShriver, and SheKnows. She loves dogs and besides having two adorable Labradors, she is a member of The Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at The Burbank Animal Shelter. Leslie lives in the Los Angeles area and has two sons, and a husband she has been with since college. This is her debut novel.
After Happily Ever After
After Happily Ever After is a novel about a forty-five-year-old woman, Maggie Dolan, who isn’t dealing well with getting older. Once a high-level executive at a publishing company, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom for the last seventeen years. Now her husband has been disconnected and hiding a secret, and her daughter will soon be leaving for college, leaving her with an empty nest. Maggie, at a crossroads, decides it’s finally her time to figure out the rest of her life. As she steps out into an exciting and sometimes scary journey of discovering who she is now, she must figure out what’s happening in her marriage, deal with a narcissistic mother, a brother who’s always resented her, and most damaging of all, the news that her father, her rock, has medical issues that may take him from her. Overwhelmed by everything, she begins to question the life she’s built, and she finds herself torn between the safety of what she’s always known and something more exciting that she never expected. After Happily Ever After deals with love, marriage, family, the empty nest, aging parents and what happens when they all come crashing down at the same time.