Friday, September 02, 2011


How my work in soaps inspired me to pioneer a brand new medium...

I come to enhanced e-books via two separate but equal paths. At the same time as I was writing romance novels for AVON and DELL and mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, I was also working in television, covering figure skating for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN, and soap operas for E!, ABC, and Procter & Gamble Productions. I even combined my two favorite media and wrote three best-selling tie-ins,
Oakdale Confidential and The Man From Oakdale for As The World Turns, and Jonathan’s Story (with Julia London) for Guiding Light.

It was while at P&G and working on the on-line revival of their soap opera,
Another World, that I came up with a whole new way to tell a story. Another World Today combined text that you read with video clips that you watched. It was both a book and TV at the same time!

Deeply excited by the possibilities of this hybrid medium, I next took an excerpt from one of my own books, Skate Crime, the fifth in my Figure Skating mystery series, and, in partnership with The Ice Theatre of New York, added in professional skating videos to enhance the story. The result was Skate Crime: Multimedia.

My next step is to enhance all of my skating mysteries, including Murder on Ice, On Thin Ice, Axel of Evil, Death Drop and the complete edition of Skate Crime. I also intend to enhance my romance novels, When a Man Loves a Woman and Annie’s Wild Ride, and an original title, Soap Opera 451: A Time Capsule of Daytime Drama’s Greatest Moments.

However, the $100,000 dollar question is: Do I think that e-books, especially enhanced e-books, are just a fad, or here to stay?

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