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Interview with Leslie Montanile

Updated: May 13, 2022

Through the lens of a 30-year career in matrimonial law and her own decades-long marriage, attorney, and relationship coach, Leslie Montanile offers timely insight on love and law and realizing a life partnership for a balanced, fulfilling life. Never one to quite fit the mold of the conventional divorce lawyer, Leslie brings a modern outlook to relationships by challenging norms, affirming meaningful truths, and providing a framework for modern courtships and couples of all stages.

1.Tell us what drives you to write? Your motivation and the purpose of your book(s).

To share with others my experiences and what I have learned both through success and challenges. The motivations and purpose of my book are to give hope, share joy and inspire others to live their best life.

2. What do you hope readers will get out of your books? How will they feel or be different after reading it?

I hope that readers learn from my book that no matter the road you choose to take in life, you can and will find happiness, love, and success along the way. After reading my book, I believe that readers will feel uplifted and inspired.

3. What books did you read as a kid/young adult? What are you reading today? How have other authors inspired your writing?

As a young kid and young adult, I read a lot of fiction to escape and dream. Today I find that I am drawn to reading about the life of others and how they persevered. Reading other authors' autobiographies inspires me to be better in my own life.

4. What is one thing in your book that will surprise readers? (no spoilers, though!)

My continued positive outlook on life and love. 5. What are you working on next? More books?

I am contemplating my next book that will possibly focus more on my discovered family and the connections I have made.

Prologue: Never Settle On August 26th, 1964, I was born in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. For reasons that have eluded me (not for lack of trying to find them), my biological parents didn’t feel equipped to raise me, and so they put me up for adoption. I’ve always theorized that my father, apparently a high-powered — and married — man in New York City, felt that an illegitimate child would besmirch his reputation. Through some combination of his absence and my biological mother’s unwillingness to become a single mother, they let me go. Three days later, Arnold and Shirley Haus