I knew I wanted a job in soaps from the time I was 10 years old. What I didn't know at 10, and for many years afterwards, was how one went about the process.
I did the usual things, went to college, got a Bachelor's in Writing for Television. Then I got a Master's in Writing for Television (for the record, I don't recommend either, but that's a topic for another post). As I tried to figure out how to get a job in soaps, I thought I'd give a shot at writing for the next best thing: romance novels. (I always thought if the soap thing didn't work out, I could be Sidney Sheldon.)
I wrote two Regency romances, The Fictitious Marquis and Thieves at Heart, and two contemporary romance novels, Annie's Wild Ride and When a Man Loves a Woman.
I also worked for E! Entertainment, writing their talk show, Pure Soap, and then moved to ABC Daytime. At ABC Daytime, I was asked for writing samples. But, when I gave them the books I'd published, I was asked whether I had anything a little more soapy.
I didn't. But, why should that stop me?
They wanted soapy? I'd write soapy! Which is how Counterpoint came about. It's got star-crossed lovers, long-buried family secrets, scheming bitches, swoon-worthy heroes, illegitimate babies, exotic locations and sex. Lots of sex. You know, all that good stuff.
Counterpoint was the sample I used to get my early soap jobs, as well as the chance to eventually write such soap opera tie-ins as Oakdale Confidential, The Man From Oakdale, and Jonathan's Story (with Julia London).
I'd always toyed with the idea of publishing it, but, fact was, Counterpoint was a sample, not a complete story.
And then, I had an idea.
Having written Another World Today and Mindy's Twitter for P&G with fan interaction to tell me what should happen next, I decided to do the exact same thing with Counterpoint.
I've started it, but I'm counting on my readers to help me finish it!
Counterpoint: An Interactive Family Saga (Volume One) is out now on Amazon. Click the link below to check it out.
A new book is scheduled to come out every month. Written by me... and you!
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