I know a lot of great people who do a lot of great things. I do some pretty great things myself. I have decided that I want to be able to do something to show my support for these great people and the great things they do so I've set up this blog. I invite anyone to leave a comment so I can share the great things you do, too. Cheers!
It’s minutes before Peter turns eighteen. His girlfriend is on her way to make his night. Mrs. Dempsey’s baby boy is tall, dark, handsome, and talented. Romantic and intellectual, a former choir boy and Boy Scout, he’s about to be let loose in the wilds of 1963’s Venice, California. He’ll rub elbows with Jim Morrison and fight the good fight to stay in college and out of Vietnam. As the rock world tries to eat him alive, Peter will struggle to remain true to both his music and his girlfriend.
The first volume, BECOMING THE WOLF, is currently in competition for an Amazon Kindle Scout publishing contract. Go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2VR2J43ESMK0D to read an excerpt and nominate the book. (If the book wins, everyone who nominates receives a free e-copy.)
Dr. Leopold Weintraub lived a normal life. Happily married with two children, he owned a beautiful home on Los Angeles' Venice Canals. His psychiatric practice focused on the neurotic denizens of affluent Santa Monica who wanted to whine about their lot in life. Stella Morelli, a filmmaker of some renown, should have been just another name on his roster of patients. Stella, however, walked into his office with madness, mayhem, and an agenda. God, she explained, was temporarily out of commission. It was Stella's mission to put God back on his throne and she required his assistance. By the way, for this job, he would be working closely with Lucifer and the Archangel Michael, the entire world would be their theater of action, and forty-four people would have to be dead. Dr. Leo took a deep breath and stepped up to the plate, he became the recording secretary for this apocalypse.
D. L. Osment’s first novel, I CANNES, a fictionalized account of true adventures at the Cannes Film Festival, was born on a flight from Toronto to Barcelona for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Someone had left a romance novel in her seat pocket. Osment read the first two chapters and thought, “I could write this.” As described in her book, she cannibalized her life and produced the 5-star rated erotic novel. This book was followed by its sequel, SKETCHES OF SPAIN. Her latest film is 2014’s multi-award-winning SANDBOY, directed by Vittoria Colonna di Stigliano and executive produced by Julian Lennon. She co-produced AFI’s UBUNTU’S WOUNDS, which won Best Short Film at the Pan-African Film Fest in LA, screened at Cannes and Toronto, and was distributed by HBO. She was American Production Coordinator for the documentary BURMA SOLDIER, distributed by HBO and winner of the 2011 Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the UN Film Festival. She consulted on THE FORSAKEN LAND by Vimukthi Jayasundara of Sri Lanka which won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes in 2006. She has been a professional writer since she was thirteen years old, first as a journalist, then as a screenwriter, now focusing on fiction. Her third novel, DEATHMYTH, is an urban fantasy. She has just finished “The Peter & The Wolf Trilogy,” which follows a young rock musician from his 18th birthday through the wilds of ‘60s and ‘70s rock and roll. The first volume, BECOMING THE WOLF, is currently in competition for an Amazon Kindle Scout publishing contract. The video trailer for this book can be seen at https://youtu.be/D4UAbE8B3yM and go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2VR2J43ESMK0Dto read an excerpt and nominate the book. (If the book wins, everyone who nominates receives a free e-copy.)
The biggest thing going on in my professional (and what used to be my personal) life is that the first volume of my recently completed “The Peter & The Wolf Trilogy” – BECOMING THE WOLF – is currently in competition for an Amazon Kindle Scout publishing contract. I’ve bitten my fingernails down to my vaccination scar.
Introducing BECOMING THE WOLF, Volume 1 of "The Peter & The Wolf Trilogy." This trilogy is a rare character study of a romantic hero from the last few minutes before his eighteenth birthday until well into his twenty-ninth year. Mrs. Dempsey's baby boy, Peter, nervously awaits the arrival of his rich and beautiful girlfriend, the delectable Delaney Craig, with whom he intends to "do the deed" at the very second he turns eighteen. Peter's a musically talented boy - handsome and athletic - and Delaney's father owns a record company. The path to stardom should be straight and true. Unfortunately, Peter makes a bitter enemy on his way to the top. Join the adventures of this young man, former choirboy and Boy Scout, as he struggles to retain his values and honor his love in the wild world of '70s rock and roll. BECOMING THE WOLF has been selected to compete for an Amazon Kindle Scout publishing contract and would love to have your support. Check out the amazing video trailer for this book here on this page or at https://youtu.be/D4UAbE8B3yM. When you fall in love with Peter, follow this link to nominate the book https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2VR2J43ESMK0D. If BECOMING receives a contract, each person who nominates it will win an e-copy of the book. And the eternal gratitude of Peter, Delaney, and the author.
When did you know you wanted to write a book?
I have been writing my entire life. My first opus was a penetrating look at life and love in a ballet school when I was so young my mother had to take dictation from me. I spent years as a rock and roll journalist (thus the current series) before segueing to screenwriting. I think I finally wrote my first novel a year and a half or so ago.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
So far, I’ve written in two genres: erotic romance and urban fantasy. Everything I’ve written has grown out of one or more personal experiences. The Peter Trilogy, for instance, was inspired by my lengthy relationship with a rock keyboard player. Most particularly, one instance. I was an executive at Playboy, the only female. One day several secretaries came into my office, upset because one of them had gotten an obscene phone call. “It was terrible. He was telling me all the things he was going to do me – how he was going to bend me over and…” My phone rang. A very familiar voice said, “I think I just got put through to the wrong extension.” Out of that grew about 270,000 words.
What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?
I write all day long. I get up, do the usual morning hygiene stuff, feed my two cats Smoky and Ashley, sit down in my chair, and pick up my laptop. I’m there until bedtime. I have a writing partner with whom I work in kind of an unusual way. She works on her things and I work on mine and we bounce ideas back and forth and exchange scenes and that kind of thing. That’s what breaks up my day.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I think I answered this in no. 2. To be frank, when I’m writing, time gets away from me. It took me about nine months to write the Trilogy, but that happened in a strange way. I wrote a stand-alone and everyone wanted to know both what happened with my characters before the book began and what happened after it finished. I don’t know about other authors, but I fall in love with my characters and welcomed the opportunity to spend more time with them.
Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?
I must have diet Vernor’s ginger ale or I’m absolutely good for nothing.
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
If I had a super-power, it would be flight. I love to travel but hate airports. In fact, I would love to be able to avoid traffic of any kind. Yeah. Let me spread my wings and fly.
What are writing projects are you currently working on?
I have just begun a novel about soul-mates who have been star-crossed lovers across lifetimes and find each other again. I think this one is more of a Nicholas Sparks kind of thing. My writing partner and I are in very early stages of discussion on a couple of projects and she’s pushing me in the direction of a thriller which is very appealing. Also very scary.