Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Leslie L. McKee & Hope Amid the Pain

Posted January 17, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, Leslie L. McKee, nonfiction / 5 Comments

Please join me in welcoming author Leslie L. McKee to the blog today to chat about her new devotional for people with chronic illnesses, Hope Amid the Pain!

Leslie L. McKee is an editor, author, and reviewer, but editing, writing, and reviewing are not merely jobs—they are her passions. Leslie is an avid reader with an eye for detail. Leslie has been a chronic pain warrior for more than twenty years, so she is familiar with the peaks and valleys associated with living with a chronic illness. She has felt God come alongside her through His Word and remind her that the battle is His and she’s not alone. Leslie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and The Christian PEN. Her devotional journal (HOPE Amid The Pain: Hanging On to Positive Expectations When Battling Chronic Illness and Pain) was released on October 26, 2021, with Ambassador International. She has had devotionals published in Ellie Claire/Worthy Publishing compilation books, and she’s also published flash fiction stories. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants.

You can find Leslie at or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Hope Amid the Pain

GENRE: Devotional/Chronic Illness
PUBLISHER: Ambassador International
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2021
PAGES: 185

Why me? Is God punishing me? Is my faith not strong enough for God to heal me? How can I achieve my dreams? What’s my purpose?

If you’re someone living with a chronic illness or chronic pain, these are just a few of the questions you’ve likely asked on more than one occasion. You may feel overlooked or even resentful. You try to stay positive, but some days it’s hard. It’s natural to feel this way and grieve, but it’s still possible to have a hope-filled life. God has a purpose for the pain.

Christians aren’t immune from pain and illness, but we don’t have to go through it alone. Jesus promised that He would “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

Millions of women suffering from chronic pain and illness want the reassurance they’re not alone. The devotions in HOPE Amid the Pain are written by a chronic pain warrior with over twenty-five years’ experience and will point the reader to hope and encouragement. It’s possible to Hang On to Positive Expectations (HOPE) even amid the pain.


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Hi Leslie! Welcome to the blog!

Leslie: Tea! I can’t even stand the smell of coffee (Sorry!). I have hot tea most days, especially in the winter. I enjoy various caffeine-free flavors, including chai, glazed lemon loaf, and prickly pear.

Carrie: I’m ok with the smell of coffee but I can’t stand the taste of either coffee or tea lol. That glazed lemon loaf flavor sounds tempting though!

Leslie: Netflix. I do enjoy some Hallmark movies, but I love the fact that I can find a large variety of shows and series, as well as movies, on Netflix. (I’m quite partial to the British dramas 😊 )

Carrie: that’s an advantage of Netflix, for sure

Leslie: Music. I haven’t done a lot of audiobooks, but I listen to music every day. Since I was young, music has always been a huge part of my life, and I grew up doing band and choir. Many of my fondest memories involve music.

Carrie: If i don’t listen to music every day I get twitchy lol

Leslie: Both, particularly tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich—the ultimate comfort food 😊

Carrie: yum!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Leslie:Teleportation. Traveling is challenging for anyone, and it’s even more difficult when you have chronic pain and illness. I’ve never been a light packer (just ask my husband!), so being able to teleport would come in quite handy. I don’t live near my family, so I’d love to be able to just pop in and see them at a moment’s notice … and I’d love to be able to drop in on places I’ve longed to see most of my life, such as London and Australia. And who wouldn’t enjoy avoiding all the traffic on the roads and lines at the airport!

Carrie: yes please! My ability to travel is very limited from my own illness so I would love this superpower as well… as long as i don’t have to give up reading haha

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Leslie: I’m not sure I can pick just one 😊 I can narrow it down to two: Pippi Longstocking and Nancy Drew.

Carrie: I’m totally with you on Nancy Drew!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Leslie: I wrote the majority of my debut book while sitting on our loveseat, and I used a purple pen. (Yes, I did it old-school vs on the computer!)

Carrie: yay for purple pens! (I’m a fan)

Q: Why is the theme of Hope Amid the Pain important to you? 

Leslie: It’s a topic that’s near and dear to my heart, as I’ve lived with chronic pain and chronic illness for over twenty-five years. Living with chronic pain and illness can feel so lonely, and I want to remind women that they’re not alone. The Bible verses I share in my book are ones that have spoken to me over the years, and have brought me hope, and I pray they will do the same for others.

Carrie: Chronic pain/illness can be very isolating, so knowing we aren’t alone – and that God is holding us close – is so important.

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Hope Amid the Pain?

Leslie: I want my readers to know they’re not alone. It’s still possible to live a hope-filled life, even when living with chronic pain and illness, because, as Christians, our hope is found in Jesus, not our circumstances.

Carrie: amen ♥

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Leslie: It’s been an honor to be here, Carrie. There are a few things I’m working on. I have a few book ideas, and I’ve started working on what I hope will be a 365-day devotional journal. I’m also working on some flash fiction stories. (And for those of you who’ve read my other stories, I want you to know that, yes, Speedy, my turtle, will be making an appearance in them 😊)

Hope Amid the Pain by Leslie L. McKee is currently on tour with JustRead Tours & the author is offering an autographed copy of the book, a stressball, a notebook, pen, and tote bag to one winner! Click HERE to enter on Instagram where you can also find the giveaway terms & follow along with the tour.

What about you? What makes you want to read Hope Amid the Pain by Leslie L. McKee?

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5 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Leslie L. McKee & Hope Amid the Pain

  1. Debra J Pruss

    Thank you for sharing. It is challenging living with a disability and chronic pain. God bless you.

  2. Natalya Lakhno

    Thank you!
    “It’s still possible to live a hope-filled life, even when living with chronic pain and illness, because, as Christians, our hope is found in Jesus, not our circumstances.”

  3. Janet Estridge

    I would love to win, “Hope Amid the Pain”.
    I volunteer in the Church Library and have for 43 years.
    A lady who helps us in the library can only come when
    she is having a good day.
    I would love to give her your book.

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