489. Edgewater's Tia McDonald featured in book


Photo for Headline Surfer / Tia McDonald, a former Florida teen pageant winner, model and star of an MTV music video, is now on the cover of a new book, "Fairy Tale -- Once Upon a Time, Act 1."

EDGEWATER -- Local gal Tia McDonald, who has travelled quite a bit in her young modeling career, including a spot in an MTV music video shoot, was in Australia in early 2012, where she took part in the making of a book, "Fairy Tale -- Once Upon a Time, Act 1," by Somsay Toumngeun.

The university of Florida student also was on the cover and was the inspiration for one of the characters.

McDonald's Australian book deal comes in at No. 489 in Headline Surfer's 5th anniversary countdown of the Top 500 stories.

"I am so excited," said the 20-year-old 2011 New Smyrna Beach High School graduate. "The author is in the process of doing some great things with bookstores and I am really hoping this becomes the next Harry Potter."

"I am so excited," said the 20-year-old 2011 New Smyrna Beach High School graduate. "The author is in the process of doing some great things with bookstores and I am really hoping this becomes the next Harry Potter."

McDonald added, "I was fortunate enough to call Australia home for three amazing months. I spent New Year’s (2012) in breathtaking Sydney... It was hard to image my trip getting any better."

McDonald said she received an email from an international modeling agency stating she had been selected out of hundreds of girls, to be on the cover of a book: "Not just any book. This story was being compared to the infamous Harry Potter series and I had been cast to portray the main character."

Award-winning Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick is counting down his ranking of the Top 500 Stories throughout Volusia County, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the 24/7 Internet newspaper launched April 7, 2008. 


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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.