She told me so herself and was very specific on this one point. “I am a story teller” she says and yesterday’s interview with her was a total honor and a privilege and she did indeed tell me some great stories. She also shared her secret ingredient for macaroni and cheese, told me the significance of the 1022 in the title of 1022 Evergreen Place which is her 10th Cedar Cove book (and her birth date!) and all about her third annual ‘Grandma Camp’ where she spends time cooking, shopping, knitting, practicing gratitude and swimming every day with her granddaughters. She also shared some inside info on her upcoming Call Me Mrs. Miracle movie for HBO. She was fresh off the set and shared a picture of herself and Doris Roberts who plays the wonderful Mrs. Miracle. Oh, and about that secret ingredient? Comment on the blog below and I just might share!
Debbie Macomber with Doris Roberts, who plays Mrs. Miracle in the upcoming HBO film Call Me Mrs. Miracle
Then Deanna Raybourn stopped by to update us on the latest adventures of Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane. We most recently followed them to the exotic Himalayas in Dark Road to Darjeeling (most gorgeous book cover EVER), where Deanna introduces a dasterdly archvillain, reveals some terrifyingly delicious family secrets and then breaks our hearts with an important plot turn. She also shared fascinating insights into life beyond the drawing rooms of the aristocracy and particularly how Nicholas defies all stereotypes of the Victorian Male. She looked as wonderful as ever, told us her new favorite fragrance (Gypsy Water) how she really felt about the Titanic exhibit and how she manages to pack everything she needs for RWA in a 9x20x14 1/2 inch carryon and one oversize slouchy purse. Here’s the breakdown!
The purse contains: iphone, wallet, sunglasses, folder of travel documents, chargers, netbook, two paperback books, snack, cosmetic bag, pens, TSA-approved bag o’liquids, and blank notebook.
The carry-on holds:
1 curling iron
1 toiletry bag
1 stack promotional postcards for Dark Road to Darjeeling
1 stack bookmarks for The Dead Travel Fast
1 stack business cards
1 paperback book
4 pairs of shoes: leopard stilettos, multi-color floral peep-toe heels, black faille wedges, white Jack Rogers sandals
1 thin woven wrap in leopard print
1 white bikini
1 green silk caftan for wearing in my room
1 patterned mini-caftan for a bathing suit cover-up
5 clutch purses: gold leather, silver leather, black sequin, multi-color floral wristlet, raffia with white trim
6 dresses: brown linen, black lace cocktail, peacock taffeta cocktail, yellow sheath, apple green linen sheath, flame orange silk
1 black taffeta evening gown
Ok, now that I’ve blogged your ears off, I have to leave you with a tease, since I have run out to the business center and pick up the entry forms for this afternoon’s draw to win a Sony Reader at the Carina Press Cocktail event that Angela James and Malle Vallik are hosting here in the Disney Dolphin.
You’ll just have to come back later on today to get the inside scoop on Brenda Jackson’s exciting new project, how Maria V. Snyder made me cry and all about Brenda Novak’s Department 6!