Monday, June 25, 2018

Prescott, Arizona Travels

When I'm not writing I enjoy traveling and photography, and one of my favorite places to visit is Prescott, Arizona. This scenic historic town is about a three hour drive from Tucson, and it's a lot of fun. Whenever I'm here I enjoy shopping, being pampered at the hotel spa, and, of course, photography. I shot these at the historic courthouse. It's one of my favorite spots in Prescott as there is plenty of shopping and unique restaurants right across the street, and the historic Sharlot Hall Museum is also close by.

Another thing I do in Prescott is write. When I'm not out shopping or taking photos I'm hanging out in my room and writing, as there are fewer distractions. I don't have to stop in the middle of something to get to an appointment or run errands, and, most especially, there's no cooking or cleaning. The hotel is refreshingly quiet too. So please enjoy the photos while I go to work on my next novel.

MM


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Meet Stephanie Ellis, Leading Lady in THE LETTER

© Can Stock Photo / aletia
I really like Stephanie, my leading lady in The Letter. She has a lot of spunk, and she's not afraid to call it as she sees it.

As the story begins Stephanie is a legal secretary who's been in a relationship with leading man Danny for some time. Stephanie wants to know where their relationship is heading, but whenever she tries to bring it up, Danny quickly changes the subject. 

Stephanie's relationship with Danny will take an unexpected turn when she accidentally stumbles on a card sent to him by another woman. While Vanessa, her best friend, thinks the sender is nothing more than a lonely ex, Stephanie remains unconvinced. Is she really an ex? Or is Danny still seeing his old girlfriend on the side? The old girlfriend, however, will soon be the least of her worries as her world suddenly spirals out of control. And while things aren't necessarily as they appear, she'll make a rash decision that will change her life forever.

Stephanie is a purely fictitious character. However, the opening chapter of The Letter is based on a real-life event that happened to a close friend of mine many years ago. 

MM

Monday, June 11, 2018

It's Time to Start Planning my Next Novel

Now that The Letter has been successfully launched, it's time to start planning my next novel. And, as typically happens, my inspiration comes for the strangest places. 

A few months back I was reminiscing about a distant cousin who, decades ago, played on a soap opera. I was a young artist at the time, and I used to create the cover art for her fan club newsletter. When she decided to leave the show, I was invited to watch her final taping and attend her wrap party. It was an interesting experience, to say the least, and then the thought hit me. Why not use the wrap party as a starting point for my next novel? Why not have my next leading lady be a successful actress who suddenly decides to walk away from Hollywood for good because she no longer knows who she really is? Then, a few weeks later, as I was playing around with ideas, the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted, and I thought wow, here's even more inspiration for a good novel.

The working title is, The Scandal, although that title is subject to change. And, just so you know, the lead character will not bear any resemblance my cousin. She's a unique character with her own set of issues, and her life will be very, very different from my cousin's. 

If all goes according to plan, The Scandal should be out in about a year. Give or take a couple of months.

MM

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Meet Danny Woodruff Leading Man in THE LETTER

© Can Stock Photo / barsik
Danny Woodruff is probably my most complicated leading man so far. Hard working and ambitious, he intends to work his way up the corporate ladder; all the way to the top. He also loves leading lady Stephanie. Or at least he thinks he does, in his own way. Unfortunately, Danny has a problem. He's haunted by women from his past.

The story begins with Danny and Stephanie having been in a relationship for some time. Stephanie wants to know where things are going, but whenever she tries to bring it up, he changes the subject. He's perfectly happy with the status quo, and he's not sure if even he wants a wife or a family. As the story unfolds we learn more about Danny's past and his struggle to overcome it. However, the ending may not be what you were expecting. 

Danny is a composite character inspired by men I've known in the past. He may not be my most likable leading man, but he's probably the most realistic.