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…
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.
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
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
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?
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.)
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 Librarian 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.
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