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Lesley is a former television reporter and journalist. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her husband and a menagerie of animals.
What five words describe you?
Peaceful (I know those two sound opposing but somehow they aren’t), Happy,
What are you working on at the minute?
What is it about?
I spend a lot
of time speaking and promoting my current book, The Foolish Sinners Guide
to…Living in God’s Wisdom.
I am also
working on two projects right now, well actually three if you count my
One is a
weekly book serial and podcast called Churchies. Churchies is
a Christian dramatic fiction series about a church in northern Ohio. We
follow the congregation as they work to live as Christians in a broken and
fallen world. If you’ve ever experienced drama at a church before or struggled
living your life as a Christian you will LOVE these characters and this
series. The first chapter will be available for free, to read on Wattpad
and Kindle and to listen to on iTunes by the end of January 2015. The
website is nearly complete at www.churchies.org. If someone is interested in subscribing and the site’s not up yet, just send me
a message on www.foolishsinnersguide.com and I’ll
make sure you get added to the Churchies subscription list.
The second is
the next release in the Foolish Sinners Guide series. It’s The
Foolish Sinners Guide to…God’s Animals and the Rapture. As an animal
lover, with many animals, I have always been troubled by what will happen to my
animals after the rapture. Will they be here by themselves? What
will happen to them? I began to study relevant bible verses to get an
answer. I was shocked by what I found so I decided to make it the next
book in the series. Yes, there are actually many bible verses that deal
with this seemingly obscure topic. Who knew right!?! This should be
ready for release by the end of May 2015.
materials and online support for Spirit Strong Ministry. At Spirit Strong
Ministry, we provide churches (free of charge) with the materials and support
necessary to offer their congregations Workshops, Challenges, and Projects.
They help teach biblical principles in fun and exciting ways.
Which actor/actress would you like to see
playing the lead character from your most recent book?
question since the lead character in my latest book is me. Sooo, probably
Emma Stone, as a blond. I LOVE her personality!
If you could have been the original author
of any book, what would it have been and why?
What a great
question. That would have to be To Kill a Mockingbird. Her
writing is amazing.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
thing about writing is just sitting down and doing it. Oh, and learning
to do it well!!
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded
I am actually
a former journalist and news reporter so I look at writer’s block differently
than most authors. It’s not an option. When you’re in journalism
you don’t have that option, the news will go on no matter what so you MUST
write something. You just sit down and write, period! That way of thinking has
helped me tremendously. It’s also why I always have multiple projects
going at any given time.
Where would your dream location be for
I just have
one dream location.I would have no
problem doing anything there.Tropical.Hot.Sun.Sand.Water.Ahhh, I feel better already!!!!!
When creating characters, are they based
on people in your life?
I think all
characters at their core are based in some way on the people you know or people
you have met. Then you have to take their personalities and amp them up
and twist them this way and turn them the other way and eventually they become
an interesting character. It’s the characters that I eventually realize
are based on my personality that truly freak me out. It’s an interesting
step toward self-realization!
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond
to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
journalism helps me here. In TV journalism criticism was a daily
thing. So I have learned to deal with criticism by:
if there is any merit to what is being said considering the source.
difference between a personal attack and constructive criticism.
knowing myself well enough to not get hurt or offended but take what I need
from it and moving on.
finally knowing when I am not in a state of mind where I can follow these
steps. If I can’t then I don’t read them.
As far as
responding, in my search for Wisdom I have learned there is a time to interact
with words. However, when you are dealing with foolish people then no
matter what you say they will continue to be foolish. My guideline for
this is, when I feel the person is sincerely loving in their desire to help me
hone my craft then I will respond, whether good or bad. If they are being
foolish, I let them continue to be foolish on their own!
If you couldn't be a writer, what would
Writing is not
optional to me. I would write regardless of what else I was doing in my
life, it just so happens to be what God has assigned to do. It’s my
What would you tell your younger self that
would have helped you in your writing career?
passionately and write often. Which is basically what I have done.
The only difference would be that I would tell myself earlier about the true
power of words and I would be more diligent about honing the craft of writing.
Where can we buy your books?
Sinners Guide to…Living in God’s Wisdom is an e-book and can be purchased anywhere you
buy e-books. It’s basically available on any reader.
Churchies will be on Wattpad, Kindle, and as a
podcast on iTunes
How can we keep up with you? Blog,