The Truth, Finding Your Own Truth

Leslie Schmidt 1643102994491


1980s & '90s,1960s & '70s

Les Schmidt

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A man evolves from a faith-healing church and auto repair business, to a major meth manufacturer and a life of horses, fox hunting and socializing. In a cold, dark jail cell, he finds 7 reasons to get right with God, family and country.



Short Summary

Conflicted by the choice between a simple life in the church with a living family and his dream of financial freedom, he thinks money is the answer and pursues life in the fast lane.

He leaves federal prison after 6 years with no money or credibility, but armed with the commitment to his 7 daughters, he goes on to a successful career and family life, dedicated to help other overcome their past and realize their potential.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bucks County.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Les Schmidt

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Alana Honigman/Mann

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Curt Bernhardt

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Bonnie Sue Schmidt

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Faithful,Modest,Religious

Development Pitch

The Truth, Finding Your Own Truth is a true story that reads like a novel. A powerful church influence, an adventurous, determined young man who is conflicted over a life choice; romance, divorce, fast money, prison, and finding what is really important in a jail cell facing big time for a second offense. Viewers will connect with the difficult and seemingly insane choices, the highs and extreme lows that cover most every aspect of life, and the possibility to overcome anything to a life with purpose.

About The Author

Les tried his best to walk the line between his wife and parents wishes to abide by the rules of the faith-healing, cult-like church he was raised in, and a life of freedom to pursue his passion of hunting and fishing. He created Schmidt Auto Repairs in a tiny back alley garage in Philadelphia. Five years later, with 12 employees and massive headaches and stress, his dream had become a monster. A customer asked to meet him alone in the shop. "What do you really want and how much money will it take?" The offer was too good to refuse, and Les became a major methamphetamine manufacturer. The money was even greater than Curt had promised, Les sold his business and purchased a 55 acre horse farm. For five years he and his second wife Alana enjoyed the good life fox hunting and socializing, until the money ran out and they went back to the well. This time the feds had upped their game on monitoring illegal labs, and the DEA raided the lab in the Pennsylvania hills. Eventually Les spent 6 years in 5 federal prisons an 12 county jails. The night of his second arrest, sitting on a hard bunk in a cold, dark cell of the Philadelphia Roundhouse, Les found 7 reasons to get right with God, family and country. For the last 34 years Les has been a successful body shop manager in automotive dealerships. He lives in Florida with Carolyn, his wife of 19 years, is the author of 2 books, an industry consultant, life coach and teleseminar host.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: ingram

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available