2/23/15, Moving Around

Hi Everyone,

I hope last week was a good week for you, and that you got a day off for President’s Day and had a long weekend. I used the day off (my office was closed) to do some travelling, and I am definitely moving around these days. Last week, I visited a new city, Seattle, to meet two of the big distributors of my books, Costco and Amazon, as I told you in last week’s blog. This week, I spent the whole week in a city I know well, and always love: L.A. I had meetings for some very interesting possible new projects, and this seemed like a good time to explore them, between books, so I went to LA for the week. San Franciscans are often snobbish about LA, but I love it, and always have a great time there. For one thing, I left Paris in a snowstorm two weeks ago, landed in New York in freezing weather between two snowstorms, and the weather has been below zero in New York for weeks now. The weather in San Francisco has been nicer than usual for this time of year but not summer, and Seattle was gray and chilly while I was there. I hopped my bus, which is a fun and easy way to travel—I’ve had a rock star bus for 20 years, which was a fantastic way to travel when my kids were younger. Herding 9 kids and all their equipment onto airplanes got complicated and when I had to go to LA for business regularly, when I was making the TV movies (and always took the kids to LA with me). The bus was terrific for all of us then, with comfortable couches and seats, a kitchen and a bathroom. I still use it whenever I have to go to LA, or for trips to the mountains. I can walk around, eat, sleep,work, go barefoot, and do whatever I want. So I got on the bus in San Francisco last Monday, and five and a half hours later, I was in LA, in gorgeous sunny weather, hovering around eighty degrees. It felt like summer, sheer Heaven. It was so wonderful to be in warm weather, and escape wintry cities for a few days. (I felt guilty toward my New York friends, who keep telling me how cold it is with bone-chilling temperatures).

I have new dramatic agents in LA (dramatic agents handle movies and TV, as opposed to my literary agent, who handles my books). And it was exciting spending time with them, getting to know them, and meeting the people they thought I should meet. It was a VERY exciting week, spent mostly on business, and tossing around some ideas. LA is a vibrant city, where much of the business activity centers around the entertainment industry, and if you’re even remotely related to it, it’s exciting and fun. People are busy, working hard, doing interesting creative projects and the names of famous actors, actresses and directors are bandied around like old friends. And even for someone on the fringe of that world as I am (I did 21 movies for TV, based on my books, 20 years ago, and they still show on TV from time to time around the world), the excitement of that milieu is contagious. And last week was particularly exciting in that business, with the Academy Awards only days away. I had a wonderful time meeting people involved in the business, and those who produce everyone’s favorite TV shows and series. TV Series have become one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and everyone seems to be addicted to one show or another. The series I LOVE is Downton Abbey, and have been in love with it for five seasons now. And they say that next year will be the last season!!! (And before it ends, I hope they tie up all the loose ends just the way I want. I email with several friends who also love the show, and we all have our wish list of what should happen next. I love so much about that show: the characters, the script, the touching moments, the dramas, the funny comments, how well written it is, and the fabulous authentic costumes of the period (1924 right now, it started in 1912, with gorgeous costumes), and even the hairdos are fascinating and true to the times. An incredible amount of meticulous research must go into that show. And when I turn it on, I feel like I’m visiting old friends, after 5 years of devotion to them. Sometimes, when I have a bad day, I watch a favorite episode to cheer me up!!) Being around creative people, involved in creating TV shows and movies is always invigorating. So I thoroughly enjoyed my week in LA, the people I met, the meetings I attended, and my new film and TV agents treated me like royalty. I told them that I felt like Cinderella at the Ball. When no one is spoiling me this week, I will feel like Cinderella after the coach turned back into a pumpkin and the coachmen into 6 white mice!! I’ll be back in my cozy old cashmere nightgown (with the holes in it), at my typewriter at my desk. I won’t be meeting any new creative people, the weather will probably be foggy and gloomy, and no one will be squiring me around!!! Back to real life. LA always has an unreal/movie quality to it, and going back home afterwards is always something of a jolt. But I sure had fun while I was there, and my agents were incredibly kind to me, and even took me to dinner twice. They are both wonderful people, and I really enjoyed their company and discovering their world. They’re terrific, and are already two new friends, and it was a pleasure working with them, and their abundance of ideas.

So it’s been a very lively two weeks for me, ‘out in the world’, and now I have work to do, a set of galleys to edit (the last stage before a book goes to the printer, and my last chance to change anything that needs correcting), and I have an audio script to correct for one of my books to be read on CD. (I have to pick the actor’s voice for that too). And I’ll have to deal with everything that piled up on my desk while I was in LA. But what a fun week it was, definitely a Cinderella experience!!…..and now back to real life. Have a great week!!

love, Danielle

PS. AND DON’T FORGET THAT MY NEW BOOK “PRODIGAL SON” COMES OUT IN HARDCOVER TOMORROW!!! As the publisher says, “it’s a novel of suspicion, betrayal, and suspense”. It’s full of doubts and questions, and the mystery as to who is good and who is evil, with two men who are twins as the main characters, and all the people and complications in their lives. It’s an exciting book, and I worked hard on it. I hope you love it, and have a chance to read it soon!!! love, D.

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7 Comments so far
  1. Shannon February 23, 2015 2:12 pm

    What an interesting couple weeks. Thanks for sharing the last couple posts with us!

    I was so excited to read someone as glamorous and beautiful as you actually eats Oreos and hot dogs – how refreshing! It gets so old reading about beautiful celebrities who live on unrealistic (and sometimes unbelievable) diets of steamed vegetables and green juice cleanses. THANK YOU for being real!!

    God bless!

  2. Keyla Marques February 24, 2015 5:15 am

    Everything i see about “Downtown Abbey” reminds me of you.
    Great couple of weekes, huh!

    Liked the new book theme. As usual it seems really good and catching, cant wait to have it translated into portuguese.

    Ive found a typewriter in my house, its been a while since i last used one, but it was really fun to do it again and it was different from the computer, it seemed more real.

    Keyla Marques

  3. Tina February 24, 2015 1:31 pm

    Here in Denmark, ur movies are still being sent (the last one “Safe Habour” only a few years back tho). I do hope that more of ur movies will be made into films! Even I have never understood why some of the films are so different from the book. Like in “Full Circle”.

  4. Jean February 26, 2015 8:45 am

    Just finished prodigal son..you did it again …kept me up to finish at night! Don’t know how ONE person can be so talented. How you can keep up with all you do has to be something very special.. Enjoy your sharing it with us…really did enjoy the book.

  5. Axxcexx February 27, 2015 12:43 pm

    My favorite thing about you is the kind of mother you are. I admire that so much. Your kids has always been first and first. Not ever a great second…just first.

  6. Elaine March 2, 2015 9:07 am

    Hi Danielle,

    Your book, Prodigal Son, dispelled Ohio’s winter gloom for me! I spent two days avoiding the cold, hibernating inside, and reading Prodigal Son.

    I hope your LA meetings mean that we will be seeing more of your books turned into films soon! (I’ve always loved Summer’s End and Impossible and would love to see both of them filmed). Please keep us posted.

    Regards, Elaine

  7. cara crawford April 11, 2015 9:09 pm

    I remember discovering your books when I was around 12; my best friends mom had them. (I’m now 35) I just wanted to say how neat it is that you let your readers get a glimpse into your life and ideas. Instead of just knowing your novels, you have allowed us to know a different side and it’s very kind of you to do. Thank you. While I’ll never know what it’s like to attend a Chanel fashion show in Paris I can read about it almost as if I were there verses just an article about it.