Arts & Culture

Ansley Lesley: Serial Story Columnist

An aspiring writer since the age of five, Ansley Lesley has been taking TPS classes for a year. Describing herself as punny, nerdy, and tomboy-ish, Ansley is a proud Gryffindor. She is also an avid bibliophile, as she will read anything from Shakespeare to John Flanagan. Some of her absolute favorites are The Ranger’s ApprenticeInkheart, and The Lord of the Rings.

She is the third child of four, with an older brother and two sisters. Her dad is a polymer chemist, which means that he makes textiles and glue, and her mother is a third-grade ELA (English Language Arts) and state history teacher. She also has two miniature schnauzers: Lady Pemberton and Mr. Darcy, and two guinea pigs: Lewis and Anakin. Ansley’s favorite thing to do with her family is to eat dinner with them, which typically includes much laughter and many awesome puns. Her favorite food is her mother’s cheesy grit casserole, and her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

Ansley’s dream is finish her fantasy novel and eventually have it published. While writing, she enjoys making playlists of songs that she thinks her main characters would listen to. She is very excited to write for Clay Magazine, but is nervous, as this is her first time having her stories published.

Ansley’s plans after high school are still to be determined, although she would love to go to Oxford. Most likely, though, she will end up going to a school in the U.S., where she hopes to earn a professorship in English (particularly myths and legends) and minor in linguistics.

Ansley’s favorite movie character is Gerald the Sea Lion from “Finding Dory.” When asked about her favorite movies, she picked Star Wars, Star Trek, any animated movie from Disney (especially Tarzan), “Hunt for Red October”, and Lord of the Rings.

Unabashedly admitting that she is a fantasy nerd, Ansley cites J.R.R. Tolkien as her hero. One of her favorite quotes is by Charles M. Schulz: “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.” Another of her favorite quotes is an abridged one from T.E. Lawrence: “…the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act with open eyes to make it [their dream] possible. This I did.” Lastly, she is inspired by Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Ansley is very excited to work on clay; she says that being accepted as a columnist is her proudest accomplishment. Also, she is eagerly looking forward to a trip to Washington, D.C. later this year. Ansley is especially thrilled to see the Library of Congress.

An incredibly gifted and talented young woman, Ansley is destined for great things. So, let’s welcome Ansley Lesley, Serial Story columnist, to clay!


  1. Great to meet you, Ansley!

  2. I’m sure your stories will be fantastic, and by the way, I absolutely love that quote. Excited to have you on staff!

  3. I love your bio. I’ve known you for years and still I learned a thing or two. Very proud of you. I can’t wait to read more.