“Words, words, words, words, I’m so sick of words,”
sang Eliza Doolittle to Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.
Today I welcome Charmaine Gordon. Charmaine has written a short story series of Mature Romance under the umbrella title of The Beginning. . .Not The End. It’s about sexy seniors full of fun, still capable and full of promise. Charmaine has had an interesting life for sure, and has now taken the new title of published author. In only a few short years, she’s written nine books about women who survive & thrive. I’m so happy to be able to introduce you to Charmaine and her stories. Welcome Charmaine!
Where would we be without words? I learned early on that marriage is one long conversation. During the years of professional acting, I treasured every word in a script, never paraphrasing in respect to the playwright. And here I am a published author in yet another career. The written word my own to communicate a story that comes in the night.
To Be Continued was my first book published by Vanilla Heart and the beginning of a whole new life for me. As newbie to the business of writing, I wrote a fictional story about a woman who, like me, learned to survive and thrive after facing a calamity. Remember, before this I only knew dialogue, setting, some conflict learned from scripts read over many years. The title is a show business phrase apropos, in this story, of the heroine’s life.
Elizabeth Malone wakes up the morning after an amazing night of passion with her husband of forty years to find a note: Dear Lizzie, it’s not you, it’s me. Abandoned by her husband, disappointed in daughter Susie’s casual attitude Dad’s having a mid-life crisis, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was. When Frank Malone returns, he’s in for a big surprise!
Imagine my surprise when a producer called to offer an option on To Be Continued for a television movie. Out of all the thousands of books on the market, he and his associate selected my book. He said the dialogue was so natural, it could be lifted from the book and the beginning grabbed the reader. Music to this author’s ears.
“Go to school on this”
—a golf expression as you watch someone before you putt. Description is great but don’t forget that even fictional characters’ speak and humor goes a long way. And when a rejection comes from a query, it’s just one person’s opinion. Move on and find the editor, publisher, agent who might give your baby a good home.
(I can’t resist sharing this with you. It’s Chapter 35-later in the story where Beth. . .well, enjoy this part of her journey)
Wrapped in a towel after the evening swim, Beth strolled back to the house after locking the enclosure. Her mind focused on dessert for the first party. Three flavors of crème brulee served in small ramekins along with everyone’s favorite, tiny chocolate chip cookies, or? No, leave it be.
Before entering the kitchen Beth paused to gaze at the sky. Peppered with a generous dose of stars, a dash of billowy clouds and one sliver of golden moon. A recipe if she ever wrote a cookbook for romance. She reflected on the darkness, losing one minute a day until daylight saving time. Clocks fall back in one month. Survival one season at a time. So far—so good.
Locking the sliders, Beth turned to see a body peering into the refrigerator.
Oh my God! I’d know that ass anywhere. Jaw dropped, Beth froze.
Frank Malone straightened up, cheese in one hand–tomato in the other, a huge smile on his whiskered face. “Lizzie,” he said, arms outstretched as he advanced. “I heard about Susie’s pregnancy. We’re going to be grandparents. Can you believe it?”
He moved to embrace her, food still clutched in both hands. Beth ducked under the tomato. “Get out.”
“Ah Lizzie, I must’ve been having a mid-life crisis and now I’m back.”
Face contrite, ever the performer. No wonder his patients loved him, she thought. He could appear boyish, serious, sympathetic, sexy, kind; whatever he believed his audience required.
“No more, Frank; show’s over; the long run ended when you walked out.”
A bit about the author
Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive. Her motto is take one step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission, The Catch and now a new series of three stories of Mature Romance, Sexy Seniors enjoying life at the fullest, under the umbrella title The Beginning. . .Not The End.
“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Melanie Griffith and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand-in leg model, my first job giving me entrée into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”
Connect with Charmain
Buy Links for To Be Continued now available in audio for those of us who enjoy listening to the magical words.
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Thank you, Anne. It’s been fun revisiting my first experience in the solitary wonder world of writing and the journey that follows. Success to all the writers out there. And to the readers, I give thanks.