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I don’t know about other writers but getting a story in my head is one thing, actually being able to create action without a character fascimile is difficult.  When I started writing for fanfic, I looked through hundreds of photos for a visual of what my young hero might look like.  He needed to be an amazing combination of Catherine (Linda Hamilton) and Vincent (Ron Perlman).

I started my search knowing that in the final year of the series, Vincent and Catherine have a child who is kidnapped.  As the story unfolds, and we see his son we knew then that the Man/beast and Catherine had produced a child who appears without any of the facial markings which characterize Vincent.

As the primary story developed, I would add some physical powers to ensure that he inherited something from his father and this story line evolved into an entire history.  As I searched for photos of someone who could inspire me to write, I finally came across a young Russian actor who was being celebrated for starring in a new movie entitled, Inhabited Island.

He couldn’t have been more perfect.  Vasily Stepanov became my ideal.  Every time a new photo came out, I would check and note how he changed, matured, dressed and acted (in videos of him).  He has been a true inspiration.  His eyes, hair, action and innocence portrayed in the movie allowed me to create a persona for my stories.

I can’t understand his language but he has a lovely booming voice and beautiful eyes which remind me of Vincent and a smile which could have come right from Catherine.  I continue to celebrate his looks, talent and hope that he is able to achieve the career goals in Russia and anywhere he choses.

In looking for something new today for my next story, I came across this video which I had never seen.  Clearly someone else has seen something in him which is inspiring musically and I thank the creator of the video.  Right away it got my mind thinking about when I wrote my first story, how much the character has matured and indeed, a new story line is already forming for the future.

I am grateful to him, have thanked him personally via Facebookand wish him all the best.  I thought that some of my fanfic readers who check out this blog would like to see him. And,  if you love the character Jacob, you will love this video.  I sure did!


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Thank you

Thanks to everyone who cheered me on before and after my recent trip to Hollywood.
Just to let everyone know, one producer picked up my book. It isn’ t movie time yet but someone was interested.
It was difficult to learn to sell a story in three minutes to people who listen to this all day long but despite being amateurs at the big sell, the opportunity was an amazing experience.
If things go further….. well, I keep my fingers uncrossed and pray.  Thanks for all your encouragement.


Front and back cover by Bryan Davies, Creemore ON

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After a whirlwind trip to Hollywood, I can say that I learned a lot about myself and who I could be.
The best part of my trip apart from the business end was meeting with some awesome folks who have done similar things to what I have done, who feel the same anxiety and insecurity about putting out their life’s work, but who did it anyway!

Wow!.. I have been to LA before, thanks to my dearest friend who passed away in 2005. We had a great time on Rodeo Dr., in Malibu and just taking in the sights and sounds of the legendary city. This time I went to fulfill a childhood dream, because the opportunity was presented to me. My hotel was located on The Avenue of Stars surrounded by MGM, Century Fox, etc. You get the idea.

I don’t know how many times I have told my clients that spending time with other people who are sharing your experience builds your own confidence and gives you support. The truth of my words came back to haunt me in the nicest way. Strangely, the concept of shared anxiety and excitement was echoed in my choice of flight movie, Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.   Please see it.

So, one hundred and fifty or so aspiring authors from across Canada and US got together with reps from the industry. Our goal was to sell our compelling stories to the arts media. The ages ranged from 15 to 90+ years. Some of the stories put out were fascinating to me, others less so but what was most compelling was the individual’s own journey into authorship and their belief in the rightness of what they were doing. I was inspired.

I commend the organizers for keeping anxiety to a low level hum, while helping all of us to put our best foot forward in selling our stories. I will write a little more about this journey in the days to come but for now I can ‘chill down’ and think about my next move.

I remember when my second son passed his driver’s test. He walked down the road towards me but didn’t see me immediately. When he did, he jumped up in the air and pumped his fist in utter relief and release for that small challenge met. I am too old to jump and too conservative to do fist pumping but I sure can relate to what he felt that day.


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Writing, or rather story telling has always been a love of mine. Being a hopeless romantic, most of the stories I create will define my ideal of falling in love and overcoming life’s challenges to make it work. This fantasy fiction writing is a little different from the usual romance stories which I love to write. I have found that adding a little adventure and mystery helps me to enjoy the crafting of a story.

I am an old TV baby, growing up in the 50’s. I can remember when we didn’t have TV and the excitmement of getting our first black and white screen back in 1954. Serialized stories were still a big part of radio and early television. I have loved the ‘cliff hanger’ ever since. It allows the imagination to run wild while waiting for the sequel.

I have been a big fan of Beauty and The Beast since the inception of the TV show in 1987. The recent release of the DVD’s was instrumental in motivating me to write into the present time to give Jacob his mother back. The story line was inspired by a friend who took a similar journey. I hope I have done her justice while remaining true to the characters in her life and those of BATB. The concept of lost and found has a great deal of resonance for me. I believe that in birth we lose something of our connection to a greater world and our time spent on earth consists of a yearning to reconnect either with people who drive our life story or a desire to find a higher energy power which to some is known as ‘God’. I did not have the heart to rewrite what others have done in the past. We can’t alter history but we can refashion the future from our vast store of knowledge.

When the show first aired, I was so taken with the love story, it pushed me to fulfill a life long dream of writing my own book. I find it strange that the book was not published for twenty years. I put down the manuscript when the show ended. When I was able to sit and soak up the BATB stories on DVD, I was again inspired to refine and complete that book. At the same time, I felt an obligation to create online BATB stories of my own using some characters from the past as well as new ones who invade my dreams asking for release.

Last year, I was able to publish my book, The Will to be True/In the Shadow of the Blackbird. It is also crafted as a complex love story and set locally in Southern Ontario.

July/2011 update My new novel, Suspect, Love published in May 2011 is also now available from Authorhouse.com or Amazon.com.



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On the 26th of May, 2011, AuthorHouse published my second book, Suspect: Love, A Profound Prophecy.  I am very excited about its release.  Like The Will to be True/In the Shadow of the Blackbird, it was written some time ago.  The draft of it sat for years on the shelf waiting, like Cinderella,  for the right time to be turned into a soft cover novel.  I received my first copy in the mail last week and with its completion, I feel that I have fulfilled a promise to a couple of  people who were  instrumental  in encouraging me to write stories from my heart.  They have both passed away now but their spirits were guiding me all along.

What took me so long?  I don’t know.  I love both the stories and I hope that readers will too.  I am thankful to my brother-in-law Bryan Davies for providing me with lovely photographs of Italy which grace the front and back cover.  He has an extraordinary talent for capturing the right moment, or the right spirit, or both, in everything he photographs.  I am also grateful to my family and several close friends who have been very supportive and of course my sister Gertrude who helps me to edit all my work.

A couple of quotes from Suspect: Love….

‘Rosanna knew her thoughts were unworthy, but fear of an unknown circumsatnce flickered along nerve endings, sending a clear signal that, if she continued, her life would never be the same again.  Fate and free will warred witin her.  In a heartbeat, fate had taken over.  The elevator landed with a soft whirr on the ground floor ending any thought of retreat.’

‘Love can remove many boundaries, including and especially those built by fear.’

Here is a synopsis of the story.

Rosanna, a highly educated, professional nurse in her mid-thirties is hoping for a promotion from a dead-end supervisory night job.  She is on the shelf as far as her old fashioned Italian family is concerned.

During a crisis, she ‘meets’ Angus Howard, a dedicated pediatric specialist who leads a dynamic research project close to her heart.
Stepping outside of her comfort zone, she spends a passion-filled weekend with him, engaged in some unexpected research into her own long dormant feelings.  Before the relationship gets off the ground, a long awaited promotion comes through.  It is the opportunity of a lifetime!  As part of her new duties, she is appointed, as a lone female, to participate on a powerful hospital executive committee whose mandate is to investigate a charge of fraud by the very man who has already engaged her heart.  Her sudden defection from his life leaves a trail of pain and suspicion in which he believes she used him to further her career. 

Their large and remarkable families try to intervene and help save the relationship but Rosanna knows that she has no choice but to fight to preserve the integrity of his career.  Her decision only serves to keep them apart.

The title will soon be available for purchase at AuthorHouse or any of the other online book sellers.  I keep thinking that I will not write another book but since I decided to get cracking and finish these two books, I have written 9 full length adventures for Fanfiction.  Online stories count.  I thank the many people around the world who enjoy the Beauty and the Beast series and encourage me to keep finding challenges for the characters in an updated version of the original 1987 TV show.

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Plodding on

I can’t believe how single minded I was in getting my first book published.  Definitely not my usual character which embraces many forms of  procrastination.  I just can’t apply myself in a steadfast way to stuff which doesn’t interest me.  My second book does.  I loved the story line and embraced the characters.  Why the big slowdown? 

Unlike the last time when I had to make a neverending series of costly corrections, I decided this time to be absolutely sure that the finished product was definitely finished.  However what I learned is that reader fatigue comes with practiced work.  After all this time, the words flow in my vision and I hardly have to read the pages.   I have seen each one of the 65,000 words many times.  I have written them, pondered them and applied them to paper so many times that even when the mind knows change is necessary, it can’t do it.  I just don’t see it!

So I set my book aside.  I immersed myself in writing another book for the online fanfic series which is almost done. Then  and only then did I decide to review book II.  Really, it was like looking at a new story.  Not so many errors this time. 

Making hard copies is useful for me.  Perhaps that’s not true for  everyone born of  the computer generation but I grew up reading and hard copies make me feel secure.

So the final copy is off to the publishers.  I look forward to getting the ‘hard copy’ from them.  Nothing ever happens in isolation.  My sister is a wonderful help in editing.  She questions threads which don’t connect.  Her new husband is an extraordinary photographer.  His work is on the front and back cover. 

Because I am writing here, I think excitement is beginning to thread through my veins.

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