Thanks to Skylar Kade for including me on this writing process blog tour!
1. What am I working on? Currently, I'm tidying up and revising one of my earlier books, Hooked, for re-release later this year. It's my first foray into self-publishing, and the learning curve has been steep! I'm enjoying it, though. I'm also closing in on the ending for a new rodeo-set novella.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? Wow, that's a tough question. I've been told that my dialogue stands out - and considering my college degree was in playwriting, I guess that's fitting! And no matter how angsty the story, I can't resist leavening it with a little humor.
3. Why do I write what I do? Because I'm a sucker for a happy ending. Romance is what I love to read, love to watch, and love to write.
4. How does your writing process work? I'm supposed to have a process? Oh, maybe that's what I've been missing... :)
I've always been a pantser, frequently following the muse down pathways inspired by "what if". And though this can be an exciting start, I've had to learn to rely more on structure and outlining as my stories and series become more complex. (This was especially challenging while I was working on The Girls Most Likely To, a trilogy set during a high school reunion. All three novellas took place at exactly the same time, leading to a lot of "what did she say in that scene?" and "were they kissing or just holding hands there?" as I explored the same reunion events from different perspectives.)
As far as the rest of the writing process, it's pretty much whatever I can cram into my schedule around work, family, and sleep. Sleep gets the short end of the stick most of the time.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to swing over to Kinsey Holley's blog next Monday for the next installment!
TITLE OF FIRST BOOK: Quicksilver Dreams, Book #1 Dreamwalker
RELEASE DATE: January
FAVORITE WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: I’d read an adventure
story written in the first person by Gena Showalter called Playing With Fire. It was
such a fun, lighthearted read, and I completely enjoyed myself. I may have even read it in one sitting. It
got me thinking. Could I do this? I hadn’t had time to write for a while
because my children (identical twin boys) were young, but now they were older.
Quicksilver Dreams started as a short scene written in the first person as an
experiment, and it was such a blast, my characters were so real for me, that
the story filled in naturally. Taylor
Lane became this very spunky, kick*ss character that you could really cheer
for. She wasn’t someone who ever gave
up. She might get knocked down, but she
came back swinging. I loved that about
her. Then she meets Ryder Langston,
someone with his own demons to slay, and letting the two of them hash it out
was exciting. They were both intense,
passionate people and by the end of the story, you’re really pulling for them.
FAVORITE NON-WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: I get my best
thinking done in the shower.
Really! It’s the least
distracting place, and the ideas just flow. It’s a place where I don’t have to
solve an issue between kids, I don’t have to look for a missing object for my
husband because I seem to be the only one who knows where anything is (even
when it’s not mine), and I don’t have the dog blowing unfriendly toxins at me.
The shower. Seriously. And, it’s a glass shower, so I even get extra
time to think because I take the time to squeegee it.
COMFORT FOOD: After a busy day that gets me home too late to
be motivated to do something healthy, my go-to food is this great little mom
and pop place that is really small enough to be a hole-in-the-wall-Mexican food
restaurant. It’s cash only and has the best meat-bean-rice-cheese burritos around.
This was a hard question because sometimes, In-n-Out Burgers is the place.
Sorry. It’s a toss-up.
COMFORT READ: Authors
I’ve gone back to time and again over years have been Joanna Lindsey, Nora
Roberts, Christine Feehan and Kresley Cole to name just a few. I sincerely
can’t pick just one.
YOUR PERFECT DAY: My usual workdays are jam-packed with
activity where every part of the day is completely accounted for, which is why
I love days when I can stay in my soft PJ bottoms until noon, lounging in front
of the TV with my kids, my husband and my dog all intertwined on the couch with
a book in one hand and a football game on at the same time. In my family, we enjoy laying all over each
other and randomly snoozing. A family that loafs together stays together.
That’s my motto. (-;
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?: Dreams Of A Wild Heart, Book #2 in the
Dreamwalker series, is coming out in June, so I’m currently in the middle of
the editing process. At the same time,
I’m writing Book #3, which does not yet have a title, but will be coming out in
Danube Adele wrote her first romance at the age of seven
when she penned the story of her dogs falling in love and having puppies. She’s
been dreaming up romantic tales ever since. A lifetime resident of southern
California, she spends time playing at the beach, camping in Joshua Tree
National Park, and hiking Mammoth Mountain. Always a lover of adventure, she
and her husband took their sons on a cross country road trip to Florida and
back in an old VW Westfalia, that had no A/C, in the month of July, and still, it
continues to be the best trip they ever took. Extensive travel and trying new
things has kept the creative spark alive. Danube lives in Claremont with her
biggest fans, her loving husband, amazing and wonderful identical twin sons,
and a teddy bear of a Rottweiler. Her
debut novel, Quicksilver Dreams, Book
#1 of the Dreamwalker series was officially released January 6, 2014.
My name is Taylor, and damn but my life changed overnight. One moment I was
just a regular girl working two jobs to pay my bills, and next thing you know,
I'm uncovering secret metal disks at my boss's house. Now I'm reading minds,
dream-walking and being saved from bad guys by Mr. Dark and Brooding.
That would be Ryder Langston, my new next-door neighbor. He's sex on legs
but he's also a secret agent from another world—no joke. I believe him now
because he dragged me back here "for my protection" after he
discovered someone was trying to assassinate me on Earth. It isn't working out
There's a war going on, one that's been fought for generations. Ryder's
having trust issues (not that it's stopping us from falling into bed), and it
turns out I'm connected here, if you know what I mean. The target on
my back finally makes sense, but there's nowhere left to hide…
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In which I ask a lot of random, silly questions, and he is infinitely patient with me.
If you weren’t an actor, what do
you think you would you be doing?
Carpentry. Well, I am
doing carpentry. Is that a fair answer? I have a dream, still, of just having a
farm somewhere and a shop in the barn, and building stuff. I kind of think I
would go crazy at some point, but that’s my go-to thing. I have to be doing both
of those things. So if you took acting away, that’s all I would be doing.
What position did you play in
the Broadway Show League?
(long, drawn out silence.)
Oh! I’m shortstop. “What position…? In a Broadway show…? Oh,
As The World Turns. Julie and
Julia. Pizza Hut. Oikos Yogurt. The world wants to know. Do any of your
characters not eat?
(Laughter) I don’t think the guy in Teenage Daughter ate.
We were trying to remember that.
We know he was looking for Pop-Tarts at one point.
Oh, but he was high. That’s not fair. Someone who eats all
the time sober.
Yes, there’s tons of characters that don’t eat, I’m sure. I
don’t eat all that much.
So it’s an acting choice, then.
Yeah. I’m starving right now, now that you’re talking about
Any TV shows that you’re
watching this season?
Any favorite songs?
Music-wise, I’m fed mostly from that radio station in
Seattle, KEXP. That’s what I listen to most of the time. I bought the new
Arcade Fire but haven’t listened to it yet. I don’t know if that’s helpful.
(We discuss my middle child’s
first audition experience.)
Our kids are away from it. If they, on their own, show an
interest, you don’t want to squash that. But you also don’t want to be driving
your kid around to auditions all the time when they’re young. If they can wait
until college it’s probably for the best.
Thanks so much for taking the
time to talk again. Do you realize it’s been three years to the month since the
last time we talked?
That doesn’t even make any sense.
How can it be?
It was November of 2010.
Well, I saw you at the filming,
but the last interview we did was in 2010.
(Sounds dubious) Right...
Was that when I was doing the show? As The World Turns? Or
was the show over?
The show was over. It finished
airing in September of that year. So it was a couple of months after it
Wow, I think I must have lost a year
I’m sure I did. I have three
kids and every time I turn around they’re taller.
That’ll do it. That takes some brain cells away.
So mark your calendar for 2016.
We’ll chat again. *** There you have it! Hope you've enjoyed the series. And don't forget to watch Eric in Elementary this Thursday - or to sponsor his team for The Race to Deliver! Part One Part Two Part Three
In which we discuss documentaries, theater, and kids
a credit for the narration of After the Fall on your IMDB page. I was wondering
how you got involved with that project.
Oh, that’s a good friend of mine who produced it. Really
fantastic piece. She’s been involved in this story for years and years. Over
ten years. It’s about these children who were in orphanages when (Romania) was
still under communist rule. They (the authorities) ended up paying people to
donate blood, and so you’d get repeat customers, sailors and prostitutes,
trying to make fifteen dollars or whatever, and a lot of it was tainted with
And then they used it in the public blood supply, and
infused children who weren’t getting enough nutrients with this blood to sort
of perk them up. It was a regular practice to give them infusions when they
were malnourished. So scores of children in Romania contracted AIDS while they
were in orphanages.
And she became sort of convinced that she wanted to tell the
story. So she hired a film crew and she filmed and interviewed over seven or
eight years, I think. And then she had somebody cut it all together, and then
she asked me to do the narration for it. Which I was happy to do.
your first voiceover experience, or have you done that kind of narration
I feel like I have. I can’t really identify what it was…
(laughter) I’m not really sure. Nothing, I guess, that’s seen the light of day.
any stagework in your future?
We’re starting a workshop tomorrow on a play that we’ve been
developing for a while. So we’re going to go into the rehearsal studio for three
days and workshop this play and get it into shape. But then I’m not really sure.
Two of the four of us that are working on it just got Broadway shows, so it’ll
depend on how long their shows go, I guess, before we’ll be able to get it up.
Because we would all four like to do it together. But we’re at least getting
the workshop done.
We’ve done some public readings of it before, but the last
one was a year ago, and now it’s moving on to its next stage. It’s just been
kind of slow because we’ve not been able to be in the same town at the same
time. So we scheduled out this time starting tomorrow. I’m looking forward to
that because I love this script.
Jenny? Any joint projects you’re working on?
She’s actually one of the four actors in the play that we’re
doing. She’s busy, doing great.
considered doing theater in other areas? Say, the Ashland Shakespeare Festival
in Oregon, or anything along those lines? (interviewer’s note: I have a vested
interest in this, as I live driving distance from this festival.)
Yeah. I would kill to work out there. I mean, I’ve stopped
doing a lot of regional things because of kids, but that’s the only reason.
When the kids are – I don’t know if I have to wait until they’re out of the
house. But at least when they’re older, and don’t want to hang out with me
anymore, then I will be back out going to places. Yeah, Ashland would be a
great place to work. I would love to go back to Baltimore, even the McCarter in
Princeton. Well, maybe not Baltimore (currently). I’d have to live there. But
all the commutable ones, I’d really be up for doing.
NOTE: One upcoming project Eric didn’t mention was the benefit
screenplay reading for the Vermont Shakespeare Company, which takes place
Saturday November 16th in NYC. Here are the details:
Reading of the screenplay "WILL" by Jon Glascoe
Saturday, November 16th The Atrium 725 Fifth Ave (between 56th and 57th Streets) Doors open at 7PM Reading begins at 8PM $10 at the door There will be snacks and a cash bar with wine
All proceeds to benefit Vermont Shakespeare
Company's summer 2014 season.
Jon Glascoe is a writer, producer and director who co-founded
NYC's Cyprus Films in 1996. He now lives and writes in Vermont.
WILL tells the
story of William Shakespeare. It is about the mystery of genius -- a mystery to
the man who has it, as much as to those who wonder at it. But it's also an
epic, a universal story of freedom and humanity in a tumultuous time when the
modern world as we know it was being formed.
So if you’re in New York, go check it out!
Also, Eric is running in the Race To Deliver, an
annual fundraising race he’s participated in for the past five years. It raises
money for God’s Love We Deliver, a charity that provides meals and
delivers them to the homes of people who are unable to do leave the home
because of illness. GLWD was originally created to serve those homebound
because of suffering from the ravages of AIDS in the '80s, but they have grown
to include many illnesses. Anybody who would like to pitch in and support us in
the race and GLWD in their mission can do so online atglwd.org.
In Which We Discuss Los Angeles and I Hate My Teenage Daughter
guessing you’re back in New York now. How long were you in LA?
A year. We had a lease on our place, and we ended up staying
through the end of our lease. We would have come back sooner if we didn’t have the
lease. Once we found out Teenage Daughter was done, I was dying to get back
home. But we just couldn’t.
It was nice. It was a really nice chapter. We loved it
there, but not enough to stay there. We were really excited to get back to New
York. And then we were here, and missed the ocean and the mountains and all
that. But not enough to move there.
Right. Visiting’s much better.
whole family did move with you - you didn’t do the commuter marriage thing?
No, we all went out. It was great. Put the kids in school
there, they loved it – you know, when kids are young they make friends easily –
and they just thought it was a great adventure. And then they were excited to
come back and go to their old school here. So it was really nice. It worked out
it like working on a sitcom?
We had *fun*. I would have liked for that to have gone on
longer. We had a great time together. It’s a really great group of people. We
all hung out together, went to each other’s places, I’m still in touch with all
of them. And I stay with them when I go out to LA.
And it was really fun performing it live. It’s really just
an easy schedule. It’s the easiest of the schedules. Because it’s one
twenty-five minute segment every week. There was a table read on a Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday were I think just 9:30 to 2:00 to rehearse, then you get
the weekend off. Mondays and Tuesdays were longer days, but that was it. You
could drop the kids off at school and be done before they were done with
school. Three of the five school days. That’s pretty dreamy.
It was just fun! I loved that character, I loved the
material, really really good writers, and, you know, for a bunch of reasons
it just didn’t work out. But I loved
enjoyed watching it.
Thank you. That’s nice.
as you know, some of the episodes didn’t air here in the US. But they did
overseas, and there are some fans who are very resourceful.
Yeah, I know! People sent me links and I got to see them.
*I* didn’t get to see them until they aired in wherever. New Zealand or
something. I don’t know where it was.
glad you got to see them, then. I always thought it was sad – if they’re going
to put the time and effort and money into filming, why not at least show them?
Yeah, they’re business decisions. I don’t waste my time
trying to understand them. (Laughs)
you had an opportunity for another sitcom someday, you’d be interested in that?
Oh, sure! I don’t think there’s anything I’d say that I
In Which We Discuss His New Movie, The Business of Acting, and Some New Projects
Three years ago, I had the good fortune to interview Eric Sheffer Stevens here on this blog. So when I heard about his new movie, I reached out to see if he'd be up for another chat. Luckily, the answer was yes, so earlier this week, I sat down on the phone with him and had a great conversation. I'll be posting it in sections over the next week or two. Enjoy!
on the new movie. Can you tell us a little about it?
Thanks! Yeah. I spent two days on this. It’s called Life Itself, it’s a film about this couple that bought an apartment I think in the
sixties. It’s Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. And they are thinking about
selling it, and all the issues that that brings up for them – whether or not
they really should leave…
They do test it and put it on the market. Cynthia Nixon
plays Diane Keaton’s niece, who’s acting as their real estate agent.
So I’m one (half) of the first couple to come see the place
and walk through it. And, uh, I’m sort of a jerk.
get to do any of the work with Morgan Freeman or Diane Keaton? Or just (Cynthia
Nixon’s) real estate agent?
Both, or all three. Yeah, it was really, really fun. It was
a thrill to work with all three of them. It was a really nice set. Warm. Like I
said, I was only there two days, but they were having a really fun time. The
director’s name is Richard Loncraine, and I think they’re on schedule, and –
Oh, CRAP. I totally forgot about an email I was supposed to
respond to. I think they finished wrapping. I was invited to the wrap party.
Talking about it made me think of that.
Oh, well. I may have missed the wrap party.
creative professions – acting, dancing, directing – it’s kind of an odd job.
Because there’s no such thing as long term steady work where you sign a
contract and you’re working for years. But more like peaks and valleys, and
most of it based on the whims of other people.
So how do
you deal with that kind of ebb and flow?
In a very … zen kind of way. I try not to look very far into
the past or very far into the future. It’s a mystery. And I think the more you
treat it as a mystery, the less frustrated you get with it. Especially the
longer you’re around it.
And you also learn – if you’re able to step out of it and
look at it – to appreciate it for that very same reason. You’re trading the
security of something for having multiple adventures. For being guaranteed
adventures. And you never know what they’re going to be. You’re just open to
that experience when it comes along. So you trade knowing what you’re going to
do tomorrow for being surprised by what’s going to come up.
Over time, as you look back on it, it’s a pretty great
trade. That’s kind of my perspective on it.
So I’d gone quite a bit after Teenage Daughter, and then I’m
in the middle of kind of a flurry of things right now. But all during that
year, none of that came up, but it was just part of the mystery of it. Like, “Wow,
that’s strange.” But I have plenty of other things that I do that make life
full, and that I enjoy, actually. And that isn’t just that one thing. So I have
time for those things. And then jobs come along, and that’s nice, too.
have some upcoming projects that you can talk about at this time?
I did a guest spot on
Elementary, the Sherlock Holmes show on CBS with Jonny Lee Miller. I just did that a couple weeks ago. (Note:
Episode is scheduled to air November 21.) And I’m going to do The Good Wife in a week, and
Nurse Jackie in a week.
you are very busy!
Yeah, that’s what I mean! Isn’t it strange? I mean, you go
through this sort of (slow) time, and then things all pile up on each other.
There was actually a conflict between these two, and I was like, “How can there
be conflict? I’ve been wide open acting-wise for so long.” I almost didn’t get
to do one because I was working on a different show.
So that’s the mystery. You have to honor the mystery.
Tune in next Tuesday for the second installment, where we'll talk about IHMTD, Los Angeles, and working on a sitcom.
A walk on the wild side with her favorite bad boy is just what this good girl needs...
Mollie Mason is sure her night can’t get any worse. Stuck in an inflatable rubber cake, she overhears her fiancé slamming her to the entire guest list of his bachelor party—and then she catches him cheating! But discovering her high school crush has witnessed her humiliation is the icing on the cake.
Cade Gallagher has wanted Mollie for years. And when she asks him to help her prove to the world—and herself—that she’s not just a good girl, he knows he’d be a fool to say no. But she wants a temporary fling. Will two weeks be enough time to convince her to take a chance on him—forever?
He’s vice. She’s nice. This potent mix has to be handled with care...
It seemed easy enough. Hit the local all-male strip club, pick a likely target and hire him for her best friend’s bachelorette party. But the stripper who catches Caroline’s eye has a different agenda. He’s an undercover cop, and Caroline ends up under arrest—for solicitation!
Tony DiMarco realizes too late that he’s made a mistake. Caroline’s reputation and business are suffering, and he feels responsible. He feels something else too—the pull of red-hot desire. He wants Caroline, but she’s afraid that he’s just trying to make up for his mistake. Can this determined vice cop teach her to trust him?
When the stakes are high, she’s ready to shed more than her inhibitions...
Dani’s been in love with Carter forever. But she’s nothing like the women he dates—glamorous, exciting, spotlight-ready. Instead, she’s stuck in the best-friend role and can’t seem to find a way out of it. Until a scheduling mix-up finds her enrolled in a strip-aerobics class. Now this buttoned-down wallflower is finding her wicked side—and liking it!
Carter can’t understand what’s happened to his best bud. She’s gone from sweet to sexy in ten seconds flat—and Carter’s lucky enough to be around for the ride of a lifetime. But he knows from past experience that relationships don’t last. He’s got to get things back on track before the most important friendship in his life is damaged forever.
Problem is, Dani has no intention of going back to being just friends. It’s about time someone challenged Carter’s assumptions about love and friendship—and Dani’s just the woman to do it!
So if you haven't read these books before, I hope you'll give them a chance! (Especially with bargain pricing and those gorgeous new covers!) And thanks to Samhain for giving them such a lovely makeover.
Angie Lawson is in Bridesmaid Hell—if Hell was a strip club filled with screaming women in stilettos. But her night's about to get a whole lot worse. Now her ex-boyfriend is standing right in front of her—every sexy, delicious inch of him—and Cole Foster isn't the kind of guy that any woman can just ignore….
Cole's working undercover, but he certainly wasn't expecting the intimate reminder of the wicked heat that he and Angie always shared. But when the maid of honor—silver stilettos and all—is knocked unconscious, Cole realizes he needs Angie's help to get into the bridal party. And if getting there means getting her in bed, too, then he's definitely the best man for the job! Whee! I love Susanna Carr, and I love this concept! Can't wait to pick up a copy. It's in stores today - why not head on out and Buy It Now?