I’m delighted to be part of the Leslies group. As a writer, I’m a firm believer in the importance of names; a character doesn’t come alive for me until I’ve found just the right name for him or her. So I’m grateful to my parents for picking a name for me that I’ve always liked. My mother told me I was named after two people. One was the French actress Leslie Caron of Gigi fame. The other was Leslie Huntington, the daughter-in-law of the railroad magnate, Collis P. Huntington, a big name in Southern California where I grew up, and whose estate became the much-visited Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The only drawback with Leslie is that it’s not strictly a female name, which means that I sometimes get mail addressed to Mr. Wheeler. As far as pronunciation goes, I prefer Less-lie instead of Lez-lie. I also answer to Les, but only from family or old friends, rather than someone I’ve just met. Call me fussy, but as I’ve already said, my name is important to me, and I want people to get it right.