Ask the Author: LESLIE ZEMECKIS
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am a best-selling author and award-winning documentarian. I profile real women in our American pop culture that previously were huge stars in their day, but because they were women and because of the work they did they were marginalized and stigmatized by society. Be it Siamese twins, strippers of tiger trainers they all have a story to tell and were all a part of our culture that remains today.
What is Feuding Fan Dancers about for those who haven’t read it?
The latest is Feuding Fan Dancers. About Sally Rand and Faith Bacon, two iconic showgirls from the 1930s; it involves the mob, Hollywood and the biggest names on Broadway
What has been your inspiration for writing Feuding Fan Dancers?
The women themselves and their very real struggles to make it with little help from anyone. They fought, struggled and persevered to be wealthy and famous.
What was your favorite scene or part of Feuding Fan Dancers to write?
I love the research. I love finding out hidden tidbits previously unknown about real people. I do 99% of my own research for my own projects.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always wanted to write. I’m continually inspired by writers past and present – really too many to name.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Read, read read; with an eye to studying structure, story, words, grammar, punuation. You cannot read enough and all genres. Story is the most important thing. Are you telling a story, is it clear, beginning, middle, end. Drama? Action? It all needs to be in there.
My books and movies are all on amazon and my website http://www.lesliezemeckis.com
Leslie Zemeckis wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed documentary Behind the Burly Q, the true story of old-time burlesque in America (which aired on Showtime). The film was championed by such publications as USA Today and The New Yorker reveals the never-before told stories of the men and women who worked in burlesque during its Golden Age.
Leslie’s film as writer/producer/director is the multi-award-winning documentary Bound by Flesh about Siamese twin superstars Daisy and Violet Hilton. The film played to sold-out audiences in the prestigious Palm Springs International festivals, Santa Barbara International Festival and Chicago Film Festival. Leslie once again chronicles an important part of American entertainment from a bygone era, delving into the world of circus and carnival life in the early part of the 20th Century.
Her current film is Mabel, Mabel, Tiger Trainer, again a multi-award winning documentary. Mabel, is the story of the world’s first female tiger trainer, Mabel Stark and her extraordinary story was released by Cinema Libre in March of 2018.
Zemeckis is the author of Behind the Burly Q, the definitive oral history of burlesque and Goddess of Love Incarnate; the Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr. She is a frequent contributor to Medium, wrote for Huffington Post, and has written for W Magazine. Her third best-seller is Feuding Fan Dancers about Showgirls Sally Rand and Faith Bacon. Many of her works have been optioned and are in various stages of development.
Zemeckis’ expertise is in early forms of American pop culture, featuring misunderstood and oftentimes stigmatized women. She created a line of popular burlesque and pinup emoji available on itunes 2Burlyqji
As an actress she has acted opposite Tom Hanks, Michael Madsen, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Firth amongst others. Leslie is currently co-starring in Welcome to Marwen opposite Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.
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