In our current vast crop of presidential candidates, it’s easy to spot the UFO politicians. No, I don’t mean candidates who are interested in unidentified flying objects and who want to help us find the truth—if it’s really out there. In this case, UFO stands for Unilaterally Frightening and Outrageous (or Oppressive)—and it’s easy to spot them.
In writing the character of Mitchell Bancroft, the smarmy politician in The Congressman’s Wife, Arie Pavlou and I drew on our observations of political campaigns over the years, and news reports about the indiscretions and shenanigans of a few of the candidates.
True, politicians are no different than the rest of us when it comes to human foibles. They eat, sleep, laugh, cry, hate and love, just like the rest of us—but when you add inflated egos, ambition and greed to the mix some of them become truly frightening.
The saving grace is that in this country, we all get a vote. Instead of moaning and groaning and complaining about them, we have the power to choose our best leaders. In order to make that vote count (and not end up with leaders like Mitchell Bancroft), we have to get off our duffs and go cast that vote.
It’s really important, now more than ever. Don’t forget to vote. The power for change is at your fingertips.
June 1, 2014
Okay, I know I said I wasn’t going to write much about writing, but first I have to put some demons to rest. Yes . . . I did work as managing editor for Playgirl Magazine. And not once, but twice!
I also worked for Romantic Times (convention coordinator), For the Bride (editor in chief), I’ll Take Romance! (editor and publisher) and Animus Entertainment (senior story editor), but I have to say that working at Playgirl was probably the most fun I’ve ever had. True, at For the Bride, I got goodie baskets filled with luxurious cosmetic items—but at Playgirl I was inundated with fun stuff like edible panties. We never knew what outrageous item would arrive in the day’s mail.
The editorial staff, during my second tenure there, kept a list of “Men Who Can Make Me Hum.” And yes, hum is a euphemism. We had a saying, you see: “If he can make me laugh, he can make me—well, hum.”
Here’s my top ten list.
Men Who Can Make Me Hum
This bad boy just has the devil in him. I catch his monologue every night before I sleep, for good belly laughs. What will I do after December?
Crazy, sexy and chuckle-licious! His take on himself as a disabled father walking around with his two very able kids is a riot!
If smart is the new sexy, this guy is a genius (on both levels). Who else could come up with Ted, Stewie, and Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey?
I love his take on politics, and his outrageous irreverence only strengthens my faith.
He’s just so darn cute, enthusiastic and mischievous. I’m a huge fan of his Thank You notes.
Possibly the most hysterical episode of Two And A Half Men was Alan getting injured after falling off the roof because he wouldn’t call the cable guy.
Tim Conway as the Dentist who shoots himself with Novocaine, or the Old Man at the dry cleaning counter are comedy gold—and they’ll leave you rolling on the floor.
Everything he does is funny. It’s his impishness that gets me going. He just looks like he’s having so much fun.
Who could forget him on SNL as James Carville, or the irrepressible Stefon? Can’t wait to see what he’s going to get into next!
His portrayal of Antonio Banderas, and his turn as Mango on SNL are equally funny. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Corky Romano.
June 1, 2014
Welcome to my new website, I hope you will stay a bit and check out my new books and other works.
March 13, 2012
J. Gabriel Gates and I are getting rave reviews for Dark Territory but the book is not selling as well as expected. Could it be the cover? My co-author and I think that has a lot to do with it and we urged our publisher, HCI Books, to change the cover on the Kindle version, at least, and they obliged. Which cover do you like best? The old cover is on the left; the new one on the right. Which one would make you want to flip it over and read the back cover blurb?
July 7, 2011
My first blog entry absolutely must be a salute to my co-author, J. Gabriel Gates. Working with him on The Tracks series has been one of the best experiences in my career, even though we never set foot in the same room during the process—and part of the time we were in two different countries.
Jacob has an amazing, exciting talent and unlimited creativity. It is a joy to work with him—even during those rare occasions that our creative conflict matches the kung fu throw-downs in our books. But somehow we always manage to behave like professionals and resolve our differences in record time.
There’s also a vast difference in our ages (later, I’ll reveal how we met). When my last novel came out, there was no Internet. Can you believe we did all promotion with snail mail, fax and phone? To have such an immediate response from readers and critics is wonderful and we are delighted with the reviews coming in for Dark Territory.
It’s also fun to get questions and comments from readers like, “Who’s going to play Raphael in the movie?” and “Emma Roberts should definitely play Aimee, and Dakota Fanning should be Maggie.”
There’s no movie in the works yet, but our agent will soon be pitching it as a TV series so if you have any ideas who you’d like to see playing your favorite characters, please email me with your suggestions and I’ll be sure to pass them on. And, once I figure out how to work this blog, I’ll open the door for your comments.
Now that we’ve finished Ghost Crown (book 2 in the series) I can finally watch the season finale of Fringe. I’ve been saving it to savor (and to make my Fringe withdrawal easier to bear until the new season starts). And I am just as much in love with Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies on TNT—just can’t get enough of this new Noah Wylie treat!