Do you remember some of the great TV shows you watched as a child?
Recently, I got into a detailed discussion with some of my co-workers about which show was better–Love Boat or Fantasy Island? I voted for Fantasy Island. I just loved it when Mr. Roarke and Tattoo made somebody’s ultimate wish come true. I was eight or nine years old when the show premiered. I had no idea of the logistics behind actually giving someone a new lifestyle and identity for a couple of days. All I knew was that it was COOL!
When one of my co-workers asked me what my fantasy was, I told her I had two fantasies. One was to be Wonder Woman. The other was to marry Michael Jackson. What a pair we would have made.
And she said, “No silly, not back then. If you could go to Fantasy Island right now, what would your fantasy be?”
I was stumped. Isn’t it crazy how as a child I could come up with a fantasy off the top of my head? Yet, as an adult, I had to seriously think about what I wanted and who it would affect? After some deep thought, I decided my fantasy really hasn’t changed. Well, I can’t marry Michael Jackson for obvious reasons, and I don’t think he could have handled me anyway. I’m too loud and outspoken! But I still want to be Wonder Woman–figuratively speaking. I want to be able to do it all. Have a fabulous career, a romance that stands the test of time, a passport full of stamps from traveling the world, a massive kitchen with two stoves for cooking (Oh, and the skills to cook on them), and a life filled with great memories.
I know, you may be thinking that sounds so corny. But if I told you I wanted to be a dramatic actress in a Broadway play with people giving me a standing ovation every night, then would you think?
Now, it’s your turn: If you could be on Fantasy Island right now, what would your fantasy be?
In my novel, Dirty Laundry, my character, Imani loves watching old black and white classic movies. When she meets a guy with the same interest, she decides he is definitely a keeper. There’s nothing more romantic than watching a black and white love story–especially with a hot guy!
Before I got rid of cable (long story, even longer list of charges on my bill), I used to watch AMC (American Movie Classics) a few times a week. The world could be crashing down around me, but I would always get stopped in my tracks by a good black and white movie. From love stories to comedies to who-dun-its, those movies held my attention like a water fountain in a desert.
My husband once told me that he remembered the day his parents bought the family’s first black and white T.V. He and his brothers were so excited–it was like nothing they’d ever seen. But with all the gadgets of today, you probably couldn’t pay a teenager to watch a black and white movie.
I may be alone in thinking this, but I just don’t feel like the movies of today hold the same mystique. Therefore, today I’m paying homage to all the black and white classics.
One of my favorites is An Affair to Remember, where Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant were supposed to give up everything to be with each other. They were scheduled to meet at the top of the Empire State Building, but Deborah Kerr didn’t show up. Cary Grant never knew the real reason until he saw her a year later in a wheelchair. She’d gotten hit by a car on the way to meet him that day. Damn, I’m getting misty-eyed just thinking about it!
I’ve listed my favorite black and white classics below. What are some of yours, whether they’re romances or not?
Yesterday, I had a very sore throat, so I thought I’d make myself a hot toddy with tea, honey, lemon, and Captain Morgan’s 100 Proof Spice Rum. Ahem, did I mention I had a VERY sore throat? I had all the ingredients except the lemon. I dragged my sick butt and more sore throat to the grocery store for one lousy lemon. Actually, I drove to Walmart. Believe it or not, they only sold lemons by the bag. Funny, I remember they used to be 5 or 10 cents each – now I had to buy a whole freakin’ bag?!!
Thankfully, the produce guy just took one out of the bag and I was able to buy one lemon for a whopping 25 cents. Damn, inflation is a son-of-a-gun. Maybe that one lemon costs 25 cents because it was so huge. Take a look at it. I couldn’t resist snapping a picture. It’s like this thing is on Miracle-Gro!
This got me to thinking about how to incorporate food into romance novels. Don’t ask me how my thoughts wandered in that direction. My mind is convoluted with disgusting thoughts sometimes – you don’t even want to try to figure out what I’m thinking. At any rate, I want to know what books or movies do you remember primarily because they had scenes that dealt with food? I’ve listed some below. Please feel free to add to the list, whether you’re a writer or a reader.
9 1/2 Weeks (I don’t even know what it was about. I just remember Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke eating off each other)
Chocolat (Never saw it, but any movie with Johnny Depp is going to be weird)
When Harry Met Sally (Okay, you know I’m thinking of Meg Ryan in the restaurant getting her big “O” on)
Romancing the Chef – Robyn Amos (Great book, by the way)
Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with Kayelle Allen, Founder of Marketing for Romance Writers (MFWR). This all started when she sent an email to the members of the MFWR loop requesting banners for a banner promo. Kayelle is so sweet, she also offered to help members create their own banner for posting. Me, being the independent, hard-headed multi-tasker that I am, decided I was going to use one of the free websites out there to create my own banner.
As usual, my first attempts were remiscent of a newborn foal trying to walk on wobbly legs. After some tweaking, Kayelle helped me get my banner ready for publication. The woman has the patience of Job on steroids!
Finally, she sent an email requesting my Facebook and Twitter links. When I told her I had none, she was shocked. Okay, that’s putting it mildly. I think she probably wanted to respond back, AYSM (Are You Shittin’ Me?)! I told her that I’ve had issues with FB in the past. Frankly, I was overwhelmed by all the posting when I first got the account, and I immediately shied away from it.
Of course, Kayelle stressed the importance of authors having social media as a way to interact with readers. Let’s face it: Readers keep us in business and they deserve to have a way to communicate with us. My readers have made wonderful suggestions for my books. Even the reviews I’ve received have helped me refine my writing. None of this would be possible without email and social media. My response prompted Kayell to blog about the importance of social media. You can check it out at the link below.
Kayelle provided me with the same list that’s on the MFRW list. And guess what? This prompted me to get a Twitter account. I’ll be sharing it with you later this week. I’m still not ready for FB, but I’m taking baby steps! So, what are your thoughts? Is all this social media overwhelming for you?
I’m now blogging at WordPress, instead of Go Daddy. What does this mean for you? More interaction. Better ease of use. And polls – yes, wonderful glorious polls! I’ve got one on the VIDEOS page and another on the COMING SOON page. So make sure to stop by and vote for your favorite book trailer or book concept.
I have a lot of exciting plans coming up for the second half of 2012. You can get all deep into my business by checking out the ANNOUNCEMENTS page. My upcoming projects are listed there, including my new releases as well as the return of The Chanta Rand Show: Where Love Meets Romance.
So, take your time, sit a spell, drop me a comment or whatever floats your boat. I look forward to chatting with you. In the meantime, it’s 2 AM and I’ve just had a pint of Butterfinger icecream. So, I’m going to watch the Olympics reruns until my sugar high wears off!