Tag Archive | writers

Shelly Frome-A Man of Many Talents

 

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Shelly Frome, author of Murder Run, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, play write, director, columnist, just to name a few hats he wears. I’m told he has written over twenty-five plays in addition to articles, novels, and non-fiction.

We are so delighted to have him visiting with us today. Thank you Shelly.

It is a pleasure to visit with you Susan.

Murder Run 

Your fiction includes Twilight of the DrifterThe Twinning Murders, and Lilac Moon. His Hollywood crime caper Tinseltown Riff and your latest crime novel Murder Run, which was released in August.

Your non-fiction works are the acclaimed The Actors Studio and texts on The Art and Craft of Screenwriting and writing for the stage. Many people would love to know how to become a screenwriter. What is your book about exactly?

Unlike many handbooks on the subject offering surefire methods that often contradict one another; this book is an attempt to offer a variety of approaches in view of differing aims and sensibilities.  To accomplish this, in addition to my own experiences and understanding, I interviewed a range of insiders. As a result, the introductory chapters cover basic essentials. The second part deals with options, such as engaging in a host of genres, indie films and adaptation.  Part Three is a collection of the revealing interviews I engaged in in Hollywood and elsewhere in order to get deep within the realities.

Well indeed this would be a good book for people to read and study who want to be a screenwriter.

I want to get back to your newest novel, Murder Run. Tell us about it. Murder Run

It’s a crime novel in which I wanted to explore what happens when a rank amateur unwittingly gets caught up in circumstances beyond his or her control. In this case, I picked the most unlikely amateur detective–a wayward handyman who finds himself grappling with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, more mayhem takes place and leads begin to connect to the handyman’s past, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Lakes and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

You got a great review from Peter Lefcourt, who won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

I was lucky. Peter just happens to hail from the mean streets of New York before he became a fixture in Hollywood. In fact, there’s a full interview with him in my book on screenwriting relating to his background and unique vision. As for my crime novel, he said, “A terrific read, fast and funny, with well-drawn characters and a good deal of ambiance and charm.”

Tell us about your directing.

I directed my original screenplay The Royal Palm Ragamuffin Blues for Time-Warner’s Cable 5. I’ve also directed over sixty college, Community Theater and high school productions and thirteen original dance/theater pieces.  You could say, my days as a New York starving actor, teaching acting and film at The University of Connecticut all those years, and the original plays I’ve written along with my directing experiences have a lot to do with my sense of what makes stories come to life on the page, stage and screen.

You are truly a busy man. We are so delighted you visited with us today. Please come back and keep us posted on your next book release.

Thank you, Susan, I surely will. In the meantime, I’m always happy to receive feedback from my column on screenwriting in Southern Writers Magazine.

 

 

 

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Tina Bausinger–Busy Is Living

tina bausinger1Tina Bausinger, knows about being a mama to teenagers. Her newest book, Cold Coffee and Speed Limits: Encouragement for Mamas of Teens is a book for you if you have teenagers. It’s an honest guide to the joys and heartbreak of raising teens.

Tina Book CoverShe is a mother of three teenagers, a writer, experimental cook, and an English professor.

“I live in Texas (the land of Old Yeller) and I survive on large amounts of coffee and ungodly amounts of sugar. It’s really not healthy.”

Tell us more about you.

“Besides being a mom, and a wife of 24 years, I’m a scholar, a writer, a poet, a public speaker and an English professor.”

You’re  also an award-winning writer and you’ve been published in several venues.

“I also like to cook. I like cooking good southern dishes that fill the stomach and warm the soul.”

Tell us some of the groups you’ve spoken to.

“The Dallas Fort Worth Writers Conference, NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) in Austin, The South Central Writing Centers Association Conference in Corpus Christi, and the Keynote Speaker for the Sigma Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony at Tyler Junior College.”

I noticed how much you give back in helping other writers as well as mothers. In reading some of your blog, I found where you share writing techniques and give moms’ encouragement.

WarEagleWomen2_850 (1)Tell us about your book,  War Eagle Women.

“It’s about strong Southern women who, although they are hopelessly flawed, put nothing else above those they love.  You might be interested in seeing the book trailer for War Eagle Women. It  was featured on USA Today. Here is the link:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492651646714260003/

Thank you for visiting with us today Tina. Let us know when your next book comes out.

Be sure and visit Tina at: http://tinabausinger.com/

Getting To Know Authors-All Through The Year.

We have enjoyed so much visiting with authors Amanda Kyle Williams, Irene Hannon, Gail Martin Gaymer, Jamie Langston Turner and Robin Lee Hatcher. Each one in their own right are very successful authors.

Amanda Kyle Williams is a  contemporary American crime writer best known for her Keye Street series of novels.

Irene Hannon is an edge-of-the-seat suspense writer and writer of heartwarming romance.

Gail Martin Gaymer writes great romance and suspense novels.

Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.

Jamie Langston Turner writes Christian Fiction with warmth and vivid detail.

Be sure and check out their books for the holidays at http://www.southernwritersbookstore.com

 

Don't Talk to Strangers Amanda Kyle Williams

DeceivedSide     Irene Hannon

BettertoSeeYou2      Gail Gaymer Martin

Love-Without-End       Robin Lee Hatcher

to see moon       Jamie Langston Turner

Check out their interviews in Southern Writers Magazine  Irene Cover 8620211

We hope you will visit their websites, get to know them, let them know how much you enjoy their books. They are always glad to hear from their readers and if you have questions about the book, be sure and ask them.

Thank you for joining us to visits with these terrific authors.

Come back soon and see who will be joining us for the next round of visits from authors!