Meet the Author
THE LETTER DIARIES is written by and based on the life of Daniella Cracknell, whose expertise stems from a seasoned career in the media industry as a public relations professional in New York and Los Angeles. She is a media insider.
Cracknell ran departments that developed the reputations of lifestyle cable series, daytime talk shows and TV news magazines from Inside Edition to EXTRA and A Current Affair, shows hosted by some of America's most popular television personalities from the iconic Dick Clark to the comedic Howie Mandel.
This media insider is known for stirring media frenzies, managing controversy and negotiating national media stories. She has been quoted in major media as a spokesperson and in the New York Post's famed 'Page Six' for representing one of the most controversial talk shows in daytime TV history.
Her career started in the big agency world of Manhattan, where she held account executive positions handling consumer good accounts. She managed a cause marketing campaign for Pizza Hut that won numerous industry awards. For the past decade, Cracknell has run a boutique marketing consultancy named after her late actor father of British BBC television fame.
Cracknell credits the making of THE LETTER DIARIES to a conversation she once had with former NBC Today co-host Jane Pauley, current host of CBS Sunday Morning and a celebrity vocal about the stigma of mental illness. At the time, Cracknell was VP, Head of Publicity for Pauley's short-lived daytime talk show, which had the two traveling together on a media tour of American cities.
On those travels, Pauley was writing her memoir, Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue (Penguin Random House), a book that would reveal Pauley's hidden mental illness. While the two were up in the sky on the NBC corporate jet, Pauley confided in Cracknell that the process of writing her autobiography was so immensely therapeutic she recommended everyone write one. So, Cracknell wrote one.
Of the experience, Cracknell says, “Pauley was correct. The writing process does take you on a journey into enlightenment, where at the end of the road I felt like Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz when she clicked her ruby red slippers. Glenda, the good witch, then tells her, “You’ve always had the power.”
So, if not for the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy may never have found the answers that were within her all along. THE LETTER DIARIES has taken Cracknell on a similar road and is a real-life story, as told through letters, about fueling the power of resiliency when life unexpectedly throws you off the beaten path.
Cracknell's personal stories have appeared in national magazines from Travel Girl to Fitness, Redbook, and SELF and featured among adversity stories in Hachette's Be Fierce, a #MeToo groundbreaker from Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor globally recognized as an advocate for women’s rights and named among Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Two decades after Cracknell’s sexual harassment case appeared in The New York Times as a “garbage” claim, Gretchen’s case lands front and center on every newspaper. During Gretchen’s time at Fox News, Cracknell also walked those same halls, as Director, Media Relations for a news program hosted by the legendary TV journalist Geraldo Rivera.
This was at a time when scandals were brewing at the network and Cracknell was working with several of the characters depicted in subsequent films and TV series about the toxic workplace. Carlson was portrayed by Nicole Kidman in the feature film Bombshell and by Naomi Watts in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice in the Room.
But this was not Cracknell’s scandal, as she writes in the last chapter of her memoir of mishaps. Cracknell had already had her fair share. When she experienced sexual harassment in the early 90s at the end of the Mad Men era of the advertising industry, no one knew the term nor understood exactly what gender discrimination meant -- least of all Cracknell, fresh out of college and early into her intended career.
The issue resided in dark shadows and hidden corners where targets were shamed and gaslighted into silence and submission. So, when Cracknell spoke up, she was alone in her plight. There were no news anchors or actresses bringing down media tycoons within weeks of reporting incidences. Nonetheless, Cracknell spoke up, so she could be a number, a statistic that would eventually add up to birth a #MeToo movement.
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