By Alina Adams
When this blog launched in September of 2006, it was purely a corporate entity, designed to promote PGP soaps still on the air and on-line. As a result, a majority of the posts were strictly informational, with only periodic bursts of opinion or personality.
Now, however, the focus has changed. This will now be a place to remember the soaps we all loved and to continue their legacy the best that we can. I won't be doing it alone. Other soap professionals have already joined me and there are more to come, so please stay tuned. (On that note, only two more days to enter our drawing for an autographed copy of Tina Sloan's new book. We'll be picking winners on Friday, so if you haven't already, sign up now!)
In the meantime, I thought that I would finally formally introduce myself, and I hope that you all will do the same in the Comments section below.
I came to PGP in 2001. (I had previously worked at ABC Daytime and ABC Sports.) In addition to producing the show's official websites, I also wrote the ATWT tie-in books, Oakdale Confidential and The Man From Oakdale, as well as co-wrote the GL tie-in, Jonathan's Story. (I was pregnant with my third child at the time the GL project was happening and when I looked at the book's due date, I saw that it conflicted with another due date I already had on the calendar; that's why the additional writer was brought in.) I recently contributed a chapter on writing tie-ins for soaps to the book, Tied-In.
I also created Mindy's Twitter and Another World Today.
On a personal note, I was born in the former Soviet Union and came to the United States in 1977 as a refugee from the Antisemitism there. My husband is African-American, which means that our kids are being raised in an interracial, interfaith, intercultural home, and that I am particularly interested in issues of diversity and personal identity in the media. (I've written extensively on the subject in other publications.)
In between my soap stints, I also worked as figure skating researcher for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN. Those experiences formed the basis for my figure skating murder mystery series of books from Berkley Prime Crime.
But, enough about me. Tell me about yourselves and the sorts of things you hope to see on this blog in the future! Let's all remember the shows... and continue their stories... together.