Lee French


I am a writer and storyteller from southeast Texas. I fight the traffic into Houston every morning to earn my daily bread as a marketer in the oil and gas industry, and spend most of the rest of the time trying to stay connected to my agricultural roots.

I married a beautiful girl from Waller County in Kathy French, and we both believe that our greatest stories have yet to be written.

I was born in Wharton County, Texas in January 1973 and I can trace my roots back to the original Austin 300. I spent my childhood in and around the small town of Round Top, where I had the freedom to spend countless hours exploring the Bethlehem Lutheran Church cemetery, stone-bottomed creeks, cedar-spliced fields, and oak forests out on County Road 201, now called North Nassau Road. I think it was the beauty and culture of that place that shaped me into a writer. I used to make up stories and talk to myself a great deal and to the animals and the trees. And sometimes, they talked back.

I graduated from the University of North Texas with an English degree and then earned a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Texas A&M University in 1999. I was fortunate enough to win the Gordone Award for Graduate Fiction for a story named “Edges” while at Texas A&M, and turned my love for writing and storytelling into a marketing career.