Before the debut of Diane Les Becquets's adult novel BREAKING WILD (Berkley, Penguin Random House), she was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "writer to watch" after the release of her young adult novel THE STONES OF MOURNING CREEK (YA Kirkus Star Review). Since then she has published two other young adult novels: LOVE, CAJUN STYLE (YA Booklist Star Review) and SEASON OF ICE, the latter being the recipient of a Pen American Fellowship. Other awards she has received include a BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, the Maine Lupine Award, ALA Best Book of the Year, Foreward Reviews Gold Winner Book of the Year, Volunteer State Book Award Selection, and Garden State Book Award Finalist. Her nonfiction essays have been published in Idaho Review, Amoskeag, and several anthologies.
Les Becquets is a Professor of English and a faculty member of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University, where she was the program director for over three years. She has served as a judge for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and has taught writing workshops at venues across the country, including the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, the New Hampshire Writers' Project, the Department of Forestry, Writers Conference at Ocean Park, Writers in Paradise, the Arkansas Writers Festival, the Telluride Arts District, and at shelters for Katrina victims. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Les Becquets received her B.A. in English
from Auburn University and her M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine. In addition to teaching creative writing, she has worked as a medical journalist, an archaeology assistant in the fields of Colorado, a marketing writer, a sand and gravel dispatcher, a lifeguard, a motivational speaker, and a music teacher. She is an avid outdoors woman, enjoying archery, bicycling, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, backpacking, and hiking in the woods with her Labrador, Lacey. Before moving to New Hampshire she lived in a small ranching town in Northwestern Colorado for almost fourteen years, raising her three sons.
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