Thursday, 26 June 2014

Blog Tour: Guest Post: Much Ado About Mother by Celia Bonaduce

Much Ado About Mother

Series- Venice Beach Romance (Can be read out of order)
By- Celia Bonaduce

Genre- Contemporary Romance
Publication Date- May 29th, 2014
Published By- eKensington

Look out, Venice Beach--the Wolf women are all together again. But when 70-year-old Virginia arrives with her teacup Chihuahua and unshakeable confidence, she senses trouble. Erinn is keeping secrets--like being broke and out of work--and Suzanna is paying too much attention to the wrong man--a Latino dance instructor who nearly broke her heart once before. Virginia's ready for the third act of her life, and she intends to make it rousing and romantic. Now she just has to convince her daughters to throw out their old scripts. If life has taught Virginia anything, it's this: there's more than one way to a "happily ever after"...


What inspires you to write?
I was raised by two professional TV writers, so I come from a background where food wasn’t going to be put on the table unless my dad and mom wrote, so inspiration wasn’t a big thing in our house.  My parents wrote whether they were inspired or not! So, while I know it can be done, it’s always much more fun if you feel motivated.  Personally, I get inspired by reading funny quotes.  Woody Allen, Steven Wright, and Mitch Hedberg all have such skewed perspectives, that they can’t help but stir up the creative juices.  Their comedy isn’t just funny – it makes you THINK.  One of my favorite Steven Wright lines is:” If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.” You can’t hear a line like that and not want to start firing up the old brain cells.   I’ll also peruse  quotes by theme.  If I’m writing a scene on “betrayal”, I’ll go to Google and type in “betrayal, quotes” and just sort of look around and see what the great minds had to say.  Often I will hit upon something that will “click” – for example, William Blake said “It’s easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” . This can make for a very interesting twist in a story.  It is timeless and universal.  I might not have thought of adding this element to a story, but I might be able to make something of this and I’m off and running.  Another thing that helps – but you can’t force this one -  is just paying very close attention to life in general.  A snippet of conversation, the way a person is dressed, a couple walking a great looking dog - anything that catches your eye also catches your mind.  Just let a story unfold and see if it’s of any use to you.  You’ll be surprised where everyday life can take your imagination.

About the Author
Celia Bonaduce is an award-winning producer whose credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold andChalkzone. If Celia Bonaduce’s last name is any indication, she is proof that TV talent runs in the family.
An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach is book one of her three-book deal with eKensington, a digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp. The follow up novel, A Comedy of Erinn, has also been released, and book three, Much Ado About Mother, will be coming out on May 29th, 2014.


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