Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and eightieth, is of multi-genre author and interviewee Bridget Straub. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
When she’s not blogging at http://bridgetstraub.com, she is painting or spending time with her family.
Bridget has published three novels The Salacious Marny Ottwiler, On a Hot August Afternoon and Searching for My Wand.
She has also written a sitcom pilot, Bittersweet as well as the musical Room to Grow (written with Laura Hall).
She has several novels ready for future release and is currently working on a second musical.
And now from the author herself:
I have to write 1,000-words, first-person point of view about my writing / anything interesting, writing-related. It would be wrong to just write Yay Me! 5oo times, right? Just checking.
I left the above message on the Facebook page of a writing group I’ve joined, Vicki Abelson’s Women Who Write, and it was suggested I make that my opening line. The “Yay Me” is in reference to a writing challenge that was put forth to write something every day and to feel good about having done so, no matter what you had written. Here’s the thing; I don’t appear to write the way most people do.
Here’s a perfect example; two weeks ago I completed a new novel. This novel is over 74,000 words and was written in fourteen days. The reason it was written so quickly was because I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next in the lives of my characters. I was compelled to write it every chance I got, taking only the necessary breaks to hang with my kids, fix them dinner, and take my daily walk. As I explained to my girls, 13 and 15, it was like watching a movie and being interrupted. It was okay to pause it for a while, but I had to get back to it.
My second novel, On a Hot August Afternoon, took three or four weeks, and my third novel, The Salacious Marny Ottwiler, took a good six months, which actually concerned me. I kept worrying that it wouldn’t flow properly, but with the way that one is divided up, it actually worked very well.
Unlike the movie that played out before my eyes in this latest novel, The Salacious Marny Ottwiler was more like watching a TV series. Speaking of which…
I have also written the pilot of a sitcom I hope to get produced someday soon. Just like with my novels, I have fallen in love with the characters and have a plan as to how the series should continue. That is not to say that as I write more episodes, the characters will behave in the manner in which I have mapped out. In truth, even the pilot didn’t end up the way I thought it would. I was certain that the two leads would get together, but it came to a perfect ending before they did, which is fine because it continues the chase. I’ve completed all but one scene of the second episode, and begun a third, so it’s still evolving, but I think it’s going exactly as it is meant to. After all, I’ve come to trust the way I work.
Lastly I have a musical, Room to Grow, that I am also eager to produce. This one was written with Laura Hall, best known for her work on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? (a series that is coming back this summer. Yay!) When we first set out to write this musical, we did so because the director of our daughters many school plays said new material was desperately needed. We’d all seen our share of the usual musicals available for school aged children, Annie, Grease, Honk, etc. Laura had read Searching for My Wand and told me I should write the story and she’d do the music.
I originally thought I’d write something based on the old woman who lived in a shoe. I was going to have someone drop off a child on her doorstep. I knew I wanted the moral to have something to do with acceptance, but like all of my writing, it didn’t move in the direction that I thought it would. Instead it is about an unconventional, growing family who move into the so called perfect neighborhood, only to face a variety of challenges. The moral to the story, however, is still one of acceptance and the belief that if you pull together you can get through tough times. Because it is a musical that is geared towards families and children, we have yet to find the best way to market it. We have looked into producing it ourselves, but the reality is that it’s very expensive, Laura is crazy busy, and it’s not something I can do on my own, at least at this time. Still, it’s so needed that I find it incredibly frustrating.
Lastly, I am in the process of writing a new musical inspired by a combination of things. This one is intended for grown-ups and would ideally star Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Dream big, right? Last year I took my older daughter to see American Idiot and enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. The songs and performances were captivating and I left thinking, I could do that! Never mind that I can’t write music. Granted, that is a small hiccup, but in working with Laura, I’ve learned that I can write lyrics. I have told Laura to put on her rock/contemporary hat, but I don’t know if we’ll really be able to work together again, just due to her schedule. Still, sooner or later, I’ll find someone to help me with the music.
This may not be all wrapped up in two weeks’ time, but that’s fine. I’m juggling more than my share of projects at the moment anyway, and I find the hardest thing to handle is knowing what to promote, when. That is one of the reasons I’ve been enjoying Women Who Write. It’s inspiring to meet other creative people and to learn how they manage their careers. As an added bonus, every month Vicki hosts a variety of guest authors, actors, directors and musicians who share stories and insights into how they have handled their own careers. Each time I leave one of her gatherings I walk away knowing that anything is possible, which is why I have to trust that I am on the right path. Plus, I’ve written over 1000 words, so Yay me!
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