Today I’m delighted to welcome CeCe Osgood to Me, My Books and I:
I currently live in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After grad school, I ventured into the film industry. For many years I was on the production side until I moved to LA and became a freelance script analyst evaluating screenplays, novels, and non-fiction books (main client: HBO).
I also reviewed scripts for the Nicholl Fellowship, which is the USA’s most prestigious screenplay competition as it is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. During this time, I wrote screenplays and had two optioned. But my childhood dream was to be a novelist, so when I moved back to Texas I fought my self-doubt and completed this novel.
Due to my “indie” spirit and hereditary lack of patience, I chose the self-publishing path and now my romantic comedy/chick lit/ lighthearted women’s fiction, THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP, is available as an eBook. It’s about dating after divorce. I wanted to treat the serious subject of divorce and the subsequent anxiety producing re-entry into the dating world with humor and goodwill, two things I believe we all need for a happier life.
I’m continuing to write and intend to have my second novel out in the summer of 2014.
To find out more:
Where did the idea for THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP come from?
One morning I woke up with the title, a sense of the main character, the setting and a smidgen of the plot. It was wonderful. I know that I’d been mulling over what to do next after finishing my first attempt at a novel. (I had turned one of my screenplays into a YA novel, but felt it wasn’t strong enough and stuck in a drawer — where it is to this day.)
After that first effort, I started mulling over ideas for my next book, but the dating workshop for divorced people wasn’t one of them. Usually I don’t remember my dreams, and I don’t remember having one that night, but just out of the blue, I woke up and there it was. Too bad the rest didn’t come as easily. I think, perhaps, the idea emerged from my subconscious as a wish fulfillment. I had been divorced many years before and, wow, wouldn’t it have been terrific to go a workshop about dating and meet someone there.
Who was your favorite character to write and why?
Dorsey Bing, the main character, was my favorite since I really got into her mind and heart. The story is told in first person so I could get deeply into her attitudes and emotions and the ups and downs of being human. That’s what stirred my interest the most. We humans are complicated and our mental patterns are what bring us together and drive us apart: Becoming conscious of that can make for a happier life.
One of the themes of the book is about changing your attitude and how it’s not easy. It’s one step forward, two steps back. But you have to let go and forgive yourself for failing and get back to trying again. That’s what the workshop delves into and that’s what Dorsey goes through in the story.
If THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP was made into a movie who would you like to play the lead roles?
I’m a big fan of Emma Stone. She can do comedy and drama, like in The Help, and her intelligence and heart are right there on screen. Rupert Friend from Pride & Prejudice might be a terrific Theo and I’d love Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones for Finn.
If you were to write it all over again, would you change anything?
I thought the story toggled fairly well between the workshop and the romance until, of course, the romance becomes paramount. But I have heard from some readers who wish I had more of the workshop in it. A few told me they were using a couple dating tips from the “workshop” in real life. Which I love! I’m not sure, though, if would add or change it.
What makes THE DIVORCED NOT DEAD WORKSHOP stand out from the crowd?
The idea about a dating workshop for divorced people made me smile, and I considered it had a fairly fresh concept on which to anchor a plot. For me, the romance echoes what the intellect encounters in the workshop, which is an vital point I believe. I also liked that the attendees are impacted by their journey in the workshop because I feel this gives the story a wider scope. It’s a romantic comedy, and yet there’s more going on. It’s a full world.
Why did you choose to write in your particular genre?
There’s this story I’ve heard about Stephen King. I’ll tell it, although I don’t know if it’s true. A reader came up to him once and asked why he wrote what he did, and he said, “Do you think I have a choice?” I feel like that too. My mind tends to go to comedy. Recently I’ve been considering a romantic suspense, so I started playing around with it, and sure enough, I got more comedy than suspense. I’m still going to try though.
What are you working on now?
I have a couple ideas hopping around inside me. One is that romantic suspense I mentioned earlier, although I might have to put it on hold since this other idea keeps popping up and taking over. It’s not a romantic comedy per se, but will have comedy in it. More of a humorous women’s fiction I think.
Paperback or eBook?
Well, now that I have a Kindle, eBooks. But I do like print too.
Heels or flats?
Compromise. I do love my Crocs, but a little kitten heel is fine too.
Vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla. With gluten-free chocolate pudding. Mmmmm.
Snow or sun?
Sun. At least I can drive in it.
Dogs or cats?
My cats are giving the evil eye right now, so I have no choice: cats.
Any last words for your readers?
I love hearing from readers and getting their feedback about my characters and story so please feel free to contact me at my website or my Facebook author page with any comments or questions.
Thank you so much for being here today CeCe, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog. I particularly enjoyed reading about why you write in your genre!
Now check out the book:
“Divorced five years and recently dumped by Theo, Dorsey Bing brainstorms about a dating workshop for divorced people. Too bad she’s an idea person with zero follow-through. That changes when her pal, Pilar, sets up the workshop, puts herself in charge and gets Dorsey to be her “gofer.” Dorsey’s widowed stepfather Ralph, and his bride-to-be, Audrey, ask Dorsey to join their wedding cruise to Cabo, which will be held on the same weekend. Dorsey and Pilar nip that problem by holding the workshop during the cruise. But do things ever work out as planned. No. No, they don’t.
Everything goes topsy-turvy with a startling mishap, rebellious workshop attendees and the arrival of Audrey’s good-looking but wily nephew Finn. More trouble comes with the unexpected re-appearance of Theo. Will Dorsey and Theo revive their relationship or will she discover Finn isn’t who she thinks he is? Facing failure and heartbreak, Dorsey must tackle her biggest challenge if she’s to win the love, and life, she’s always desired.”