Winner of the "Become A Character" Contest Announced!

This was not an easy choice for me to make.  I received a few requests from friends, readers and perfect strangers.
I went with someone who I thought would be the perfect fit for Aylin Ashton, the fun-loving daughter of Jordan and Haley in the “Dream Catchers” series, who is feeling slightly pushed aside by her parents’ fame and lost at to what she should pursue in her future–both career and love-wise.

Mandi Pimental

Mandi Pimental

My business colleague turned friend, Mandi Pimental is who I chose!  Mandi and I first met over 10 years ago through email.  I was the editor of StarShine Magazine and Mandi Leigh was pitched to me to be featured.  I interviewed Mandi a couple of times and we kept in contact.  We’ve only met in person once when I took a trip to Phoenix to promote my first novel “Lost In You”.  Mandi was also writing a novel and we just connected as two pop culture loving writers.
Since then, we have both been on a path of healthy, happy lifestyles and often bounce ideas off each other.  Mandi even hired me to be a writer for Runway, where she served as managing  editor.
Anyway, these reasons are not why I chose Mandi.  This is our journey as professionals and friends.  Why I chose Mandi to be Aylin’s friend is because she’s compassionate, insightful, and understands the entertainment industry.  She could sympathize with Aylin about people trying to use her for fame.
Congratulations Mandi!  Thank you for being a friend, and giving me professional opportunities, and now doing the same for the character of Aylin Ashton! 🙂
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  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.