About Lesley Ann McDaniel…
LESLEY ANN MCDANIEL is a lifelong lover of writing and musical theatre. While completing a degree in acting, she fell in love with theatrical costuming, and pursued that as a career while nurturing her passion for writing on the side. Through God’s guidance, she has shifted her focus to honing her skills as a writer of women’s and young adult fiction.
About “Pure Hollywood”, Lesley’s YA Novel Coming June 2015…
Can 15-year-old movie actress Jeralyn Rose avoid the fate of so many child stars— embitterment, rehab, and the inevitable tell-all? Only if she can figure out a way to stay true to her faith while remaining a hot Hollywood property.
When Variety questions whether Jeralyn’s new movie will prove her acting ability or end her career, she turns to her grandpa for advice. Once a major star himself, Grandpa suggests that God places beacons in the darkness.
Jeralyn decides her costar Ryan is her “assignment”. Her biggest stumbling block is mean-girl Rachel, a gorgeous blonde who has other plans for Ryan’s heart and soul.
With the help of her new BFF Mickey—a talented teen who hides a dark past—Jeralyn learns that leading someone to the Lord is even harder than making a movie.
If she doesn’t turn Ryan into a believer, what else would be worth all this trouble?
Ask Lesley Ann McDaniel…
Medea, age 13, asks “Which Disney princess are you most like”?
Well, this might not seem very original, but one of the things I love about Frozen is that both Anna and Kristoff are flawed. Wow…an imperfect princess. I can totally relate to her. At the same time, she has a lot going for her. She’s loyal and courageous, two qualities I admire and strive for. I’m not sure how I’d do trudging through all that snow, but for real love…who knows?
Danielle, age 12, asks “Do you like ebooks or real books better?”
If you’d asked me that a year or so ago, the answer would have been a serious thumbs-down to the e-book, but I’m starting to come around. I still prefer real books, but I definitely appreciate the convenience of having a book in my hands after just a couple of clicks. I think they both serve their purpose.
As an author, I definitely prefer real books. People see the covers of what other people are reading, and it registers with them that it must be good. You definitely lose that “I’m seeing it everywhere” marketing boost with e-books.
Katie, age 12, asks “What is your biggest pet peeve?”
Ugh. Do I have to pick just one?
I think my all-time biggest is when people don’t listen. I mean really listen. Then they assume they know what the other person said, but what they really heard was their own assumption. When I’m writing dialogue, I like to use misunderstandings and miscommunication because it helps to make it real. None of us is perfect when it comes to communicating.
Kylie, age 17, asks, “How young were you when you started writing? How long does it take to write a book?”
I can’t remember exactly when I started writing. I’ve loved doing it for as long as I can remember. I didn’t hit the point of realizing what it takes to actually write well until about eight years ago.
As for how long it takes to write a book, that really seems to vary. Some writers can crank books out much faster than I can. In fact, rumor has it that one best-selling and very well-known author can write a book in a week. I can only imagine that she’s put a lot of time into researching and outlining before she starts the actual writing, but still that seems phenomenal to me.
It takes me about a year to go through the whole process of writing a full length novel. My novella series that was published by Heartsong Presents took a few months because they are shorter, and I was up against a deadline. Ack…the dreaded deadline.
Sam, age 15, asks, “Do you ever judge a book by its cover?”
Oh boy, do I ever. Book covers are an extremely important element of the book. In my opinion, whoever coined that popular expression wasn’t actually talking about books. He was talking about people. Judging a person by their outward appearance is a totally different thing.
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