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JESSILYN STEWART PEASLEE is the author of four fairy tale retellings. Her debut novel, Ella, was awarded the Silver Quill by the League of Utah Writers, and her third novel, Finding Beauty in the Beast, was awarded the Gold Quill, both in YA fiction. She loves encouraging youth in their writing and in achieving their dreams, and has visited schools throughout Utah and surrounding states. Jessilyn graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English. She grew up in Southern California in a family of avid readers, music lovers, movie quoters, and sports fans. She now resides in Utah with her amazing, science teaching husband and their five, adorable, rambunctious boys. As you read this, she is probably folding laundry . . . or should ...more

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Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee Hello Ella (What a beautiful name. :)) You are so sweet! I think you are on the right track with focusing on story line and characters. Those are the…moreHello Ella (What a beautiful name. :)) You are so sweet! I think you are on the right track with focusing on story line and characters. Those are the foundation of the story and are critical. Those are what I focus on first, making sure my characters are real and that the story line is compelling. I add descriptions later to make the story come alive. :) I try to immerse myself in the scene--what is the character seeing, feeling, hearing, etc.? When have I been in a similar situation and what did I see, hear, and feel? When I ask myself questions like that, I can hopefully convey those things on the page and hopefully the reader feels them too. A lot of the time, the descriptive phrases come to my mind when I'm not writing, just living life, which is when we really feel things anyway. Pay attention to those moments and write down those phrases and words that come to mind while you're really experiencing life, then fit them into your story. The more you experience, the more you can describe. I hope that answered your question. It was great to hear from you! (less)
Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee Thank you, Camille! This means so much to me! I hope to retell more fairy tales, but I'm trying to find some that might be a little less well known.…moreThank you, Camille! This means so much to me! I hope to retell more fairy tales, but I'm trying to find some that might be a little less well known. Or even a perspective that might be different than we've heard before. I'd love some suggestions! Thank you again for your kind words and for your question. I appreciate it so much! Take care!(less)
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Finding Beauty in the Beast

Finding Beauty in the Beast

by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Corbin’s simple rose was supposed to drive the princess away. He never wanted her to choose his gift–or him. After all, no one would choose to marry a beast. Princess Rose’s fiery temper has kept every potential suitor away, until now. Corbin and Rose might be stuck living with each other, but no one can force them to fall in love

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