Did you see Robert Altman's movie The Player? Good film, by the way, with Tim Robbins. (See the official movie trailer here.) Last week, I flew out to Hollywood (LA, really) to pitch my books to a dozen production companies. Sounds cool, right?
Actually it was more like a speed-dating marathon. I had five minutes with each company, and I pitched Easy Innocence, Nobody's Child, Havana Lost, and a Bitter Veil, depending on what the company seemed to want. To find out more about the experience -- some of it amusing, some not so much -- head to my blog post called Movies 'R Ushere.
High five here! I recently finished the 5th thriller in the Ellie Foreman Series! It's called Jump Cut – both my background and Ellie’s are in film production -- which is when there's an abrupt cut, or “jump” in a shot. More on this novel will be coming later.
After finishing a book -- well, it's not really finished until it's published -- there can be a letdown. You feel like your entire focus is getting the book done, and then it suddenly is. What do I do next? Well that's the topic of another blog post called What I Do Between Books, in case you're interested.
WRITING CRIME FICTION – MY LOVE- HATE RELATIONSHIP
There are some aspects of writing crime fiction that I LOVE, such as imagining plot twists and turns. But then there are the parts that I HATE, such as dragging myself into my office, staring at a blank screen, forcing myself to write, something, anything, to move the plot forward. It's excruciating, and I compare it to being a Polar explorer. Too extreme? Learn more of what I LOVE and what I HATE in these blog posts.
Now for the truly gratifying part of being a writer. I'm thrilled to announce my latest novella: The Incidental Spy -- set in the early years of the Manhattan Project in Chicago. Here’s the description:
Young Lena Bentheim is forced to flee Nazi Germany for Chicago in 1935, leaving her family and boyfriend behind. After learning English, she eventually finds a new life as a secretary in the Physics Department of the University of Chicago. She meets and marries another German refugee scientist and has a child. Then tragedy strikes and Lena is forced to spy on the nuclear fission experiments at the U of Chicago.
You can purchase the print version here, and I hope you will. The ebook version won’t be out for another month or so, but either way, honest reviews are always welcome, as those of you on the Libby's Review Crew already know.