Welcome October

I feel October stealthily creeping up, disguised in a shawl of brisk,  cool temperatures. A harbinger of rain, sleet, snow and ice, of evenings spent cocooned in blankets warming toes by the  fireplace.  I see through October’s guise and recognize it as a portender of death, the final nail in the coffin for fireplacesummer, but only a prelude to winter’s icy embrace which hankers up ahead.

Fall is my favorite time to write, when life has less  distractions and the heaviness of autumn lays a sound barrier blanket over the static noise, muffling the sounds of the outside world. It’s a quiet, cozy time for me. I can immerse myself more fully into my characters and their lives and be more attentive to the stories they tell.  It’s a time for creating, for breathing life into the fancies of my imagination.

Welcome October.

fall leaves

Life in a Nutshell – Author’s take

I write romantic comedy, but  comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events.   In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.

Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…

Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.

If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story.  That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.

She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.

When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.

A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again.  Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced,  with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.

What are some of the qualities you think a good book should  have?  Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.

Voting has started at the World’s Best Story

Entries are beginning to show and voting has begun over at the World’s Best Story Contest.  This year I opted to submit my YA title, Shattered.  It’s a “novel” approach for me since I write Romantic Comedy.  It’s also a wonderful opportunity for my YA book to get a little exposure.  Shattered is #125 in kindle ebooks foSHATTERED COVERr children.  Not a bad representation, if I do say so myself.

If you’ve hesitated submitting your own story, why wait?  The prize packages are impressive and there’s a line up of noteworthy judges.  The best part is, submission is FREE. While you’re checking out the site make sure you register to vote, and take a peek at the wonderfully talented submissions.  This is your chance to make your voice heard.  There are prizes for readers as well (hint, hint).

Meanwhile, I’ve got my nose to the grindstone determined to finish Life Bites (a Romantic Comedy) by deadline.  This is the sequel to my best selling title, Life in a Nutshell, a Riley Jones novel.

James Kahn reviews Life in a Nutshell

I was over the moon delighted for my book, Life in a Nutshell, to receive a review from a man of James Kahn’s caliber.  If you’re a fan of Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Goonies, Melrose Place or Poltergeist, then you’re a fan of James.  Right now, I’m fan girling him hard!

“Life in a Nutshell” is “Bridget Jones” meets “Bright Lights, Big City.” It starts breathless and keeps you running to the finish. Funny, sexy and smart – this is your next must-read romance novel.”

– James Kahn, writer-producer, Melrose Place

James Kahn’s newest feature film, Wrongside Bob, is shooting next year.  If you’re looking for more GREAT entertainment, follow his progress at https://www.facebook.com/wrongsidebob (like and follow the page for updates)  and check out his website at http://thatjameskahn.com/  .

The CD , Man Walks Into a Bar, that his new feature film is based on can be heard and purchased there. I’d encourage you to take a listen.  While you’re there, hop on over and check out his newest book releases.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

This thing called Life

One of my favorite quotes from Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else´s life.”

Apparently Mr. Jobs has never had to contend with the people that exist inside of my head.  By virtue of my writing I AM living someone else’s life.  A life that couldn’t have been given birth to without first gestating inside my brain.  In my mental womb a small seed takes root, suckles upon gray matter and grows into it’s own existence.

As I spend hours and days hammering away on my keyboard I live another life, I see life through a different lens and I experience my existence via an altered reality.