Thursday, November 28, 2013

Five things I'm thankful for . . .
regarding my new writing career!

Today is Thanksgiving and while I am grateful for so many things in my personal life - my loving husband of nearly 31 years, my two fantastic adult daughters, my bonus son, his wife, and three children, our darling Yorkie, my parents and their continued health, my siblings, my friends and all my extended family . . . this year I am especially thankful for my new writing career!

My first book was released on July 17 and while I struggle to find the time to promote it - while working on  book #2 and still running a legal business selling real estate - I feel it's already been a HUGE success!! Every time someone I don't know (my family and friends naturally tell me they love it!), tells me THEY loved reading it . . . I feel such a sense of accomplishment!! My goal from the very beginning was to make people laugh, and that's happening. B-I-N-G-O!!!

That alone is enough to give thanks . . . but here are the top five things I'm thankful for regarding my new career.

1) I'm thankful for Jeffrey Taylor, the gentleman who challenged me to write the book in the first place. Rest in peace, Jeffrey.

2) I'm thankful that I work in an industry that allows me the flexibility to find time to write! While I typically write from ten p.m. to way into the wee hours of the morning, I don't have to then get up at dawn to get ready for a one hour drive through traffic to report to a desk job across town.

3) I'm thankful for my sisters who supported me through the beginning stages of trying to figure out how to write a book! And then for having the guts to offer to be my first beta readers! Thanks for your continued support.

4) I'm thankful for my husband who has supported me 100% of the way! He's never read the book (and I've never asked him to), but he believes it's great just because he loves me.

5) I'm truly thankful for my new real estate agent, and now new friend, Stephanie Spade, for becoming as excited about my book and it's success as I am!!! Steph is now my co-writer/producer and the editor of our new web series "6 Degrees of Separation to Kristen Wiig." If you haven't checked them out yet, you can catch up watching the first three episodes in four minutes or less!!

Oh, I now I want to add #6 :)

6) I'm SINCERELY thankful to everyone who has read my book! I know it's a risk to invest in a book from a debut author - there are millions of us out there - but you had the faith that my story would be worth reading, and for that, I am so grateful!!



Friday, November 15, 2013

Do you know Kristen Wiig??

I'm on a quest to get Kristen Wiig
to read my book!!

Do you know her?

I love the movie Bridesmaids which she wrote (with Annie Mumolo), stars in and co-produced! I think the entire cast of that movie could be cast to play the characters in my book!

Kristen would make a FANTASTIC (ten years younger) Niki Brooks. 

Maya Rudolph has the snap and attitude to play man-hater turned dominatrix, Morgan Snow.

Wendi McLendon-Covey could easily pull off sex kitten meets Mati Hari, Piper Foles.

And for anyone who's read the book already . . . can't you see Melissa McCarthy as the perfect Pussy Galore?? Hilarious!!

Although I understand he's not happy with all the notoriety about his . . . manhood, who better to play Tall, Dark and Has Some than Jon Hamm?? Sorry Jon but it might get you another gig :)

I even think Chris O'Dowd could pull off my gay Puerto Rican, Rico!

I will find a way to get Kristen to read my book, hoping she'll think it's funny - and original - enough to write the screen play, produce it AND star in it!!

I've got some ideas on how to make that happen so stay tuned.
I hope you'll follow me on my quest!!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November is National Novel Writing Month!

NaNoWriMoNovember 1 marked the beginning of the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month project, designed to inspire new writers to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

Check out the USA today article for more information.

Quote: The event continues to grow, and new highlights include a partnership with Wattpad. Participants who upload their stories will be eligible to win $2,000 and access a community of millions of writers. Cafes, bookstores and other spaces have also agreed to serve as community writing spaces; the official site will help you find resources in your town.

This is GREAT WAY to get inspired and begin that writing project that you've been dreaming about. Put down your rake, forget about your already long-over due filing project, stop worrying about how you're ever going to get your old photos organized and START WRITING A NOVEL!

You can also check out the NaNoWriMo official site at:

I've begun writing my second Niki Brooks story but haven't had much time over the past couple months to work on it. Maybe I'll take advantage of this special month and get mine done too! Believe me, it doesn't take that long to reach 50,000 words!

Go for it!! The world is waiting for your novel!

P.S. If you accept the challenge, let me know how you do :)