To Be. . .or Not to Be. . .
So many times, life gives us the opportunity to star in a new “role.” Take, for instance, the time I was asked to play the role of bridesmaid for the first time. I happened to be 45 years old at the time. Yep. My first-ever bridesmaid experience came in my middle years. Still, I took to the role with ease (and joy)!
We are often offered roles that take us out of our comfort zone. While writing STARS COLLIDE (the first book in the BACKSTAGE PASS series), I decided to make my heroine a sitcom actress. She has a starring role in one of television’s most popular situational comedies, Stars Collide. But she’s also got a very real “role” going on as the would-be girlfriend of the show’s male star. Only one problem: they don’t want the other cast members to figure it out!
Here’s a blurb about STARS COLLIDE: Happily-ever-afters abound in the opening act in Thompson’s new Backstage Pass series. Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy are the stars of the hit TV sitcom Stars Collide when they realize that their own real-life pathways have begun to sweetly entwine. Couple this burgeoning romance with the on-screen marriage of their fictional television characters and with the escapades of Kat’s somewhat confused grandmother, and hilarity ensues. Surrounded by well-intentioned friends and relatives who sometimes seem only to make matters worse, Kat must somehow manage to uphold her chaste reputation, keep the paparazzi at bay, and hold on to the man whom she has begun to fall in love with. An eclectic mix of the sort of zany characters Thompson is known for adds levity to this modern, star-studded romance. Glimpses into a Hollywood television studio and a series of lively comedic events make for a contemporary low-key inspirational romance that will appeal to readers who enjoyed the setting and humor of Rene Gutteridge’s Occupational Hazards series. --Elizabeth Ponder/Booklist
The next time I’m asked to play a role (or bridesmaid or otherwise) I’ll think of Kat Jennings! She would know what to do and would surely offer sage advice!