about the author
Leslea Wahl lives in beautiful Colorado with her family. Leslea is the author of three other Catholic teen novels, The Perfect Blindside, An Unexpected Role, and Where You Lead, and strives to write Young Adult novels that will encourage teens to grow in their faith through fun, adventurous mysteries.
In addition to writing her own books, Leslea has begun reviewing Catholic and Christian teen novels on her website to help families find faith-based novels. She is also one of the founding members of the joint-website CatholicTeenBooks.com.
For more information on her award-winning Young Adult mysteries please visit www.LesleaWahl.com.
Describe your writing style in five words.
L: Mystery, adventure, faith, humor, romance
Share your inspiration behind eXtreme Blindside.
L: This novel is set at an extreme sporting event. I really wanted to bring these amazing sports to life through my descriptions, so I spent a lot of time watching videos of snowboarding, snowmobile jumping, ski jumping, and other such sports. It was definitely fun research.
What are some of the challenges you faced while writing eXtreme Blindside?
L: Ever since I had written my first novel, Perfect Blindside, I had hoped to write a sequel. But since I had no pressing ideas, I worked on two other stories, An Unexpected Role and Where You Lead first. Once inspiration finally stuck, getting back into these characters was more difficult than I’d expected. So instead of tackling the full-length novel, I wrote a few short stories and a published novella with the main characters as well as a couple from my book An Unexpected Role. Writing those short adventures was so fun and did the trick. (By the way, one of these is offered as a free gift for anyone who signs up for my author newsletter.)
What is your reading style?
L: I mostly read kindle books on my phone. I enjoy paperbacks but having numerous books right on my phone is so convenient.
What is your next release and/or what are you working on now?
L: I recently finished a new book titled 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 deals a lot with 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’m in the process of searching for a publisher.
What’s your writing style?
L: My stories all usually start with a general idea, then I let my imagination run wild. Unlike some authors who plan and outline, I just start writing and see where the story leads. As the book develops, the themes that I want to focus on become apparent. Writing went from a hobby that I fit around raising children, to a full-time job/ministry. I would say I spend about 1/3 of my time writing and editing, 1/3 marketing, and 1/3 reading and reviewing other faith-based YA novels for my website and other organizations.
B: Thank you so much for taking the time to visit with us, Leslea!
about the book
eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he’s offered a gig he can’t refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility.
Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one.
Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.
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