Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the forty-first, of romantic suspense (occasionally with a touch of paranormal or mystery) writer Charmaine Gordon.
Charmaine Gordon is the author of To Be Continued (romantic suspense); Starting Over (romantic suspense); Now What? (romantic suspense with a touch of paranormal); Reconstructing Charlie, (romantic suspense and a secret); and Haven (a novella with romance, suspense, and mystery). All of the books are published by Vanilla Heart Publishing, USA.
Charmaine likes to say she tap danced out of her mother at birth into a world of men where women were subservient, expected to be good daughters, wives and mothers. She didn’t blossom until marriage to her high school sweetie and she began life as an Air Force wife, where she had many children while writing sketches and performing for the Officer’s Club on Sunday nights. After Air Force days came to a close and civilian life began, more blossoming took place: raising children, becoming a partner in business with her husband, and performing in community theater. When her happy doubles life became single upon the sudden loss of her husband, she turned to New York City and worked on daytime drama, stage, and movies. This she calls “the sweet time”. While finishing the run of an Off-Broadway play, The Fourth Commandment, she had an idea for a story. When the play ended, she began to write.
And now from the author herself:
Looking back, I think my one-track mind begins like this: some people sleep walk. I sleep write. A story comes unbidden in the night. Beginning and end. In the morning I write. For instance, Reconstructing Charlie starts briefly in a small town in Minnesota, a state I know nothing about. I always write about mature women. Uh uh. Not this time. The girl I see in my sleep is fifteen, gutsy, strong, and fiercely loyal to her mother. I see a drunken father, trouble, the girl’s mother packing a suitcase and writing a letter to unknown relatives in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive. She tells the daughter to run for the last bus. I wake and think, Chicago, my hometown. Lake Shore Drive not too familiar, but there’s always the Internet for research.
Little did I know the next few months, as I held my head in despair over this girl, that I would almost give up. But no. That’s not my style. So I wrote at least a thousand words a day, every day, and when I typed The End, I cried.
To all writers, I encourage them to never give up. There is a solitary joy in writing. Do you have a story to tell? Lift the curtain of memories you hide behind and write.
Thank you, Morgen, for inviting me to share my thoughts today.
You’re very welcome Charmaine, thank you for sharing them.
You can find more about Charmaine and her work via… http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/Charmaine_Gordon.html and her books are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Omnilit PDF, Kindle, Smashwords Multiformat.
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with short story author and blog tour co-ordinator Jaidis Shaw – the two hundred and twenty-first of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. My eBooks are available at Smashwords.