Author Chat with Leslea Wahl (Where You Lead), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Leslea Wahl author of
Where You Lead.
Read on for more about Leslea and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Leslea Wahl!
Leslea Wahl is an award-winning Catholic author of adventurous teen mysteries. Leslea not only writes for teens but she also has become a reviewer of Catholic and Christian teen fiction. Her journey to become an author came through a search for value-based fiction for her own children. She now strives to be an advocate for other families who are battling against society’s secular messages through her writing and by offering book suggestions that reflect Christian values.
Meet Where You Lead!
A vision from God leads to the adventure of a lifetime.
Sixteen-year-old Eve Donahue’s lonely existence changes in an instant when visions of a mysterious stranger haunt her. Certain God is calling her for a mission, she bravely says yes and begins her quest to meet this young man.
Thousands of miles away, Nick Hammond has been dealing with his own unusual experience, an unwavering certainness to convince his father to run for political office.
When these two unlikely teens finally meet, their belief that God has called them to work together sets them on a journey of faith to untangle a web of deception involving international trade agreements, lost confederate gold, and a blossoming romance. As they follow century old clues, they realize God can call us all in big and small ways. We just need to listen and say, “Yes Lord, I will go where You lead.”
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The spark for Where You Lead actually came to me over twenty-five years ago with a fleeting thought that I felt would make a great beginning for a book. I didn’t pursue it then, but after I published my first Young Adult novel, I pondered the idea again and wondered how it could be made to fit a teen novel. Eventually, inspiration hit, and the story about recognizing a call from God finally came together.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character is probably Mrs. Grant, the neighbor of the main character, Eve. Mrs. Grant is a grumpy, cynical, elderly woman who has had a lot of heartache in her life. Eve is a bubbly, optimistic teen, and their unusual friendship was a lot of fun to write. These scenes also provided moments to show that we can all make a difference in someone’s life.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I enjoy having my morning cup of coffee while I write. A few years ago, I came across this great saying, which I have posted next to my computer. Job Description: Drink Coffee and Make Stuff Up.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Taking input from others. I never would have published my first book if I hadn’t worked with a writing mentor. Since then, I’ve developed a network of other authors and editors that I share my work with. Their feedback always makes the stories stronger.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
This is probably my favorite cover of all my books. I love the colors, the Washington Monument in the background, and Eve’s inquisitive face. It’s very eye-catching.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I have recently finished a new book, A Summer to Treasure. This story is a little different than my usual books, in that it is about a family on a summer adventure, so it explores the gift of sibling relationships. The idea for this novel came to me a few years ago while on vacation, so I’m excited to have it finally come together. I hope to find a publishing home for it soon.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The character of Nick has some MacGyver-esque qualities. He creates gadgets to help him and Eve on their quest. Coming up with these ideas was a little difficult. There was one specific scene that I was struggling with and trying to figure out a clever way for Nick to resolve and issue. Luckily, my son helped me out. He has been my guinea pig to attempt stunts and see if they will actually work for several of my stories.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
None of the above? 😊 I usually don’t draft a novel. I normally start with a premise and a few ideas for scenes and then just start writing and see where the story leads. This one did take a little more planning because of the treasure hunt throughout the national monuments of Washington DC. I lived in DC for a few years, so this aspect of creating the story was a lot of fun since it gave me a chance to reminisce on my time there and my favorite locations.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
My kids have told me my superpower is my uncanny ability to locate the bathrooms anywhere we go. Ha ha! Although I would say my superpower is even less helpful than that – it would be my ability to remember useless celebrity trivia.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I really love to support Wounded Warriors. I have such admiration for the men and women who serve our country and sacrifice so much for our freedoms. I have included a little shout-out to veterans in this novel.
Where You Lead
By: Leslea Wahl
Release Date: September 15th, 2018
Five winners will receive a signed copy of the book, a custom bookmark, a sticky-note pad, and a scented soap!
~ US Only ~
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