The more things change . . .

 

child baby black and white portrait
babies are out to get you…

It seems to be a law of nature that as soon as a person gets used to a certain way of doing things, it changes. How many times did I learn my babies’ rhythms and then they grew out of them?

 

Things are always, always changing…

My babies both grew and established themselves as toddlers. Oh the joy of screaming tantrums, leaving groceries in the cart, failed play dates… I think it’s hilarious that my friends and I tried to have play dates and then stressed out over the fact that Child A hit Child B on the head with a toy he wanted…You understand Child A was my kid… Well, it wasn’t funny at the time.

Take that knowledge forward into the adult world of wonders…

Everyone knows that running a business is hard. Most fail within the tantrum age, about 2-3 years. Especially at risk are those who dare to start up a publishing house. Damn those 3-year-olds.

My first novel, Curse of the Seven 70s, was released through such a start-up-you-really-trying-something-new-publishing-hi-bred-models. It was good. Great people running the show, avant garde concept of cooperation, everyone playing nicely together. It truly was this author’s answer to questions like, What the hell am I going to do now?

For awhile it was Camelot, but even the best intentions cannot levy results in a difficult marketplace. There wasn’t a one of us who didn’t love it, though.Untitled design (6)

On May 31st of this year, my publisher will be giving all of the rights to our work back and closing the doors. Heartbreaking. Like a child who didn’t quite make it…

What’s an author to do…

If you are in love with my cover, now’s the time to buy my book. But I will be re-releasing the work with my second novel, with new covers. So, there Cover_Curse-of-the-Seven-70s.pdfis that.

I will continue to write and produce novels, short stories, articles, and poetry. Writing is like breathing to me. It’s what I do. And while I’m very sorry for the people who are losing their jobs at the end of the month, they are a talented bunch of people, generous and brilliant, and I know they will have all sorts of wonderful coming their way. Growing pains? Absolutely.

It is, after all, the Writing Life.

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The Amazing Suzanne Kelman!

This week multi-award winning author and screenwriter, Suzanne Kelman, has been blog-hopping to celebrate the re-release of her very funny book, The Rejected Writers Book Club on March 29th. It’s been a week full of fun! Today I’ve asked Suzanne to drop in and let us know what she’s been up to.

Friends, I give you Suzanne Kelman…

Suzanne Kelman scarf photo

Anderson:  When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

Kelman: Writing actually decided it wanted me, I totally fell into it, which means I was on a different path when I veered, fell into a word pothole and have been trying to find my way out ever since. I’m still surprised every day that what I am, because it has a real title. I have re-invented myself so many times in my life I’m not used of having a job with a real title. I often feel like a kid trapped overnight in a chocolate factory, may as well eat everything around me as it’s only a matter of time before someone realizes the Emperor has no words.

Anderson:  Funny! I counted 9 awards on your website – what was your favorite award and what was it for?

Kelman: Ok, so I had to go and count, too, and actually I have 11 not sure if they are all on my website, that is awesome, I had no idea there were that many. I’m always amazed about that. I have two favorite awards, the first is the first one I ever won, that was “Best Comedy Feature Film at the International Film Festival” I loved it because it was my very first award and I had to go up on stage and collect it and give a speech. And I was so shocked I had won I forgot my best friends name who had come with me. The second is the fact I placed in the Academy of Motion Pictures – Nichols Fellowship last year. Just because it’s so cool to say “Academy of Motion Pictures” and also I have a little gold Oscar stamped on the award they sent me! He is awesome! My own little Oscar man.

Anderson: Your own little Oscar man! That’s fantastic! By the way, you have one cool website. Everyone needs to go to http://www.suzannekelman.com right away! – Who did your website?

Kelman: A very unknown slow, technically challenged author called Suzanne Kelman. She’s not very good I’m thinking of giving her the boot. But thank you for popping over to visit.

RWBC meme

Anderson: Who’s your literary hero?

Kelman: You are Sharon:-) Was that the right answer? … AND right after you would be (living) JK Rowlings just because of all she has managed to achieve in her career, and my dead hero would be Jane Austin – for exactly the same reason. She is still getting reviews on Goodreads I noticed the other day, here’s hoping I’m still getting reviews on Goodreads 400 years after I’m dead!

Anderson: Great answers!  If you could magically insert yourself into some literary book/world, where would you go? And who would you be?

Kelman: Oh, I love this question, and a movie script may come out of it if I give this too much thought. I think I would love to slip into a bunch of childrens books that somehow became one Never-ending story (like the way I added that one in). So something like this, I would follow a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and come up on the Dawntreader sailing to Treasure Island where we would meet 101 Dalmatians that were eating green eggs and ham in Oz, or something along those lines. Ok, and that is how my mind works. Scary even for me!

Anderson: That would be amazing! If you could write one more story in your lifetime, what would it be about?

Kelman: I still really want to write something classical and historic. I am torn between a Victorian murder mystery or a twist on a classic, you know what happened the day after a famous story ends. I will do this one day, but it would take a lot of work and research and that’s why I haven’t done it yet.

Anderson: That would be cool. You should do that in your spare time . . . Since it’s St Patrick’s Day, give us your favorite recipe to celebrate the occasion…

Kelman: My husband’s birthday is on St Patrick’s Day so we normally eat birthday cake. But for the interests of keeping up the premise here is my recipe for Bubble and Squeak an English favorite, especially on Monday night as it uses all the leftovers from a Sunday dinner. And it has corn beef in it so I think it counts. It is particularly good with Brussel sprouts and roast potatoes.

Cornbeef Bubble and Squeak
bubble and squeak
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
Leftover cooked potatoes (mashed, roasted, and/or boiled), chopped if needed
Leftover vegetables (cabbage, carrots, Brussel sprouts etc.) chopped*
Leftover Corned Beef (or left over pork or other beef) chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
In a medium to large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the potatoes, cabbage, carrots, corned beef, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Press mixture down with your spatula and let fry approximately 8 to 10 minutes to allow browning. Turn mixture over and press down with your spatula again. Allow to fry an additional 6 to 8 more minutes or until the edges are a golden brown.
Remove from heat, season with additional salt and pepper (if desired), and serve.
Excellent served with Irish Soda Bread.

Anderson: Happy birthday to Mr. Suzanne Kelman! Thanks for the great recipe–it’s mouth-watering! . . . Okay, you’re from Great Britain, and you know we Yanks LOVE the accent. How do you feel about our accents? What’s your favorite state-side accent? What is it about accents anyway?

Kelman: I think it’s funny when people tell me they don’t have an accent. As though America is some sort of neutral point. But everyone has an accent, to an English person every American has an American accent.  I forget I have one until people remind me, on the whole it works for me people think I’m very intelligent so I’m happy with that. I’m thinking people here should stop paying for college degrees and instead get out a tape on British accents from the library, it will be cheaper and will work wonders for their career. I love strong accents, anything in the South, that is one of the reasons I added Southern twins in my book.

Anderson: Tell us something about yourself that most people would never guess?

Kelman: I have a very bubbly personality so people are always surprised to know I’m actually an introvert. I am never happier when alone for hours, days, years at a time.

Anderson: I hear you. We’ve met over wine before and we had so much fun, tell me, what would it take to actually have another date with you?

Kelman: Money works great, or the words “let me do your social media for you.” But, seriously we had so much fun when we got together, it would just take finding a way in our crazy schedules to do that. I always seem to be juggling way too many projects. Soon Sharon, soon.

Anderson: Wouldn’t that be great if there were little social media angels flying around, volunteering to make us look awesome? Hit me up, I actually know someone 😉   Okay, You and KJ Waters host a podcast, Blondie and the Brit… tell me, who was your favorite guest, and why?

Blondie and Brit logo

Kelman: Is that a trick question? Is the answer… Sharon Anderson? Actually, your interview was a great deal of fun, because YOU are so much fun and I still laugh about Vampires and Anime. But, if I had to choose someone it would have to be Terry Persun, for an arha moment he gave me. He talked about how he was is a constant process of observing life to create story, and I it was a big moment for me, as I am in a constant process of somersaulting through life, my mind is one never-ending to do list. Terry showed me a different way to move through the world. I’m not there yet, still doing double axels, but there is the hope of being there. (Listen to Terry Persun’s interview on Blondie and the Brit here.)

Anderson: What’s coming next for Suzanne Kelman? Suzanne Kelman phot

Kelman: Oh Crikey, where do I start. I have just finished a comedy mid-grade novel called the The Misadventures of Horace Higginbottom, I need to start shopping that. I also have a T.V. pilot that is in development and a feature film that I’m about to start work on and I’m working on book 2 of the Southlea Bay Series. Just spinning creative plates as always, though I love to work this way, I never get bored.

Anderson: Okay, your down time looks like my busiest day ever. . . So now, because I was a guest on your podcast (you can listen to that here) and you gave me a quick-fire round of questions, answer the following in one or two words: (Ready?)

1. Tea or cappuccino – What is cappuccino?
2. Roast beef or chicken – Roast Beef! With Yorkshire Pudding, Roast potatoes and Brussel sprouts. Now I want to go home to the U.K. and have Sunday lunch at my mums!
3. Boxers or briefs – Boxers they fit better on my head! All that elastic means I can pull my ponytail through a leg hole.
4. Sean Connery or Daniel Craig – Is this a trick question? Sean Connery all the way Daniel Craig is a light weight.
5. Bruce Willis Die Hard or Bruce Willis Red – LOL, When I actually figure out what this question means I will give you an answer… can I phone a friend?
6. Helen Mirren or Dame Judy Dench – Judy all the way! Love her in everything Helen’s Ok, but she’s no Judy.
7. Popcorn or Redvines – This is the hardest question so far! Popvines….
8. Haggis or Black pudding – I’m going to say Black pudding only because I haven’t had it for so long and believe it or not I had Haggis recently!
9. Lewis or Tolkien – Tolkien, Lord of the Rings was one of my most favorite stories as a child and I lived at the top of the road in England where Tolkien lived and set the Hobbit. It’s a lovely little mill town called
Sarehole and Tolkien grew up there and it was his inspiration for The Burrows.
10. Dogs or cats – Dogs but only because she would be mortified if I chose the cat and the cat is all like, “whatever, talk to the tail”!
11. Quick! Favorite Doctor Who – Tom Pertwee because he was The Dr. when I was young, so he’s “the real one” the other also just followed him.
12. Favorite holiday – Christmas, I’m missing it already, I have told my husband when I’m on my deathbed he has to put up the Christmas tree even if its July!

Thank you, Suzanne, for being a guest on my blog. We’ll have tea soon on the island, and it will be EPIC!

Suzanne Kelman is the author of “The Rejected Writers’ Book Club” and an award-winning screenwriter and playwright. Her accolades include The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences – Nicholl Fellowship Finalist, Best Comedy Feature Script – L.A. International Film Festival and Gold Award Winner – California Film Awards.

Book Synopsis Rejected Writers' Book Club coverLibrarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.

Here’s how to find everything great about Suzanne!
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5882992/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Blog http://www.whidbeylifemagazine.org/suzanne-kelman/
Twitter http://twitter.com/@goody2prod
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Goody-2-Productions
Linked in http://www.linkedin.com/pub/suzanne-kelman/32/23a/860
Amazon  http://ow.ly/Zm6XL  

Quantity or Quality, that is the question…

Open Book Blog Hop – November 18th – 24th 2015 Quantity v Quality

I am participating in a blog hop where the question is, which would I prefer, quantity or quality?

That’s a fun question–a trick question, really. Because it depends on what it is…

Here’s what I mean:

A pile of gold is only valuable if it isn’t fools gold.

Undying love is only wonderful if you love that person in return, otherwise, it’s called stalking and you might have to get a restraining order.

Dogs are great–in any number. Cats, on the other hand, are not. Why? Because they don’t need you as much as dogs do. Think about it…keep their numbers at a manageable level or you are in danger of being eaten in your sleep. You’ll just have to go with quality kitties here, trust me.

Children. I’m not going to touch that one.

Chocolate. I used to go with the ANY chocolate is a GOOD chocolate, but now, the darker the better for me. And, thank you menopause, for all of your joys, you have now made it likely I will sweat like a pig in the middle of a typhoon if I over-indulge in my favorite chocolate. (Not in a literal sense…I mean, pigs have very few, perhaps NO existing sweat glands. That’s why they roll in the mud…to keep cool…where is this going?)

Food. I’m a HUGE fan of post-apocalyptic movies and television shows. The bleaker, the better in my book. So, yes, food is important, just ask Carole from the Walking Dead…She knows. But It doesn’t have to be gourmet here. Give me a can of hash, and I’m set for the week. (I expect I’ll be MUCH thinner when the zombie apocalypse gets going…don’t judge me.)

Baked potatoes on wooden background

Talking about food, let’s not forget WINE. I am a firm believer that if you’ve spent more than $8.95 on a liter of wine, you’ve spent too much, baby!  Seriously, a person could go broke the way it disappears around here.

Glass of chilled white wine on wooden background

And finally stories. Quality stories please, please, oh for crying out loud, give me a QUALITY book I can sink my teeth into!

Thank you!

 

 

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