Former TV star Brandi Tyler’s big screen debut crashed and burned amid rumors of an affair with her married co-star… Now, she wants nothing more than to quietly slink away from Hollywood. When she’s offered an opportunity to get out of town and work on a project involving the photographer that launched her career, it seems like the perfect escape! Unfortunately for Brandi, her famous face makes hiding out even a huge city like Houston a little tricky.
When the celebrated photographer’s son offers to let her use his home for privacy, it seems like everything is falling into place. Little does she know that Michael Ames a gorgeous best selling author, and he comes with the package! As Brandi makes her way through old photographs and new scandals, Michael struggles with his next project, and they both fight the growing attraction between them.
Maybe a posse of new girlfriends, some Texas-sized boozy brunches, and a little private time in the writer’s room will help this leading lady find her path back onscreen. And, if she can just picture it, maybe this time she’ll even find love?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m a mom of teens, so very often I just write whereever and whenever I can… In the car waiting for them during sports, hiding out in my office in the mornings before school, on my phone while I get my hair cut. Like most working moms, I’ve gotten pretty good at multitasking. However, my very strong preference is to write in the afternoon, sometime before dinner. And, if I can do it in a coffee shop, cafe or cute restaurant, surrounded by people who have no expectation that I’ll interact with them, that’s even better! I also truly love to write when I’m travelling… there is just something about being out of my normal routine that tends to spark my creativity.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
It’s not much of a ritual, but I usually have to place my phone on a charger in another room, and I have to put my hair back. For some reason, both those things are huge distractions when I’m writing!
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee. It’s essential. I’m not only dumber without it, I’ve gotten a little manic about having it within reach while writing.
– What is your favourite book?
I struggle with this question because I honestly feel like I could pick one from just about every genre. I adore the Count of Monte Cristo and Ender’s Game, and I’m a super fan of the entire Troubleshooters series from Suzanne Brockmann. But, I also re-read The Screwtape Letters at least once a year, and I think I’ve read everything that John Grisham has written (whether I enjoyed them or not).
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
One day, when I’m a lot braver, I would love to publish a book of nonfiction essays. It’s a book I’ve had in mind for years, but I’m just not ready yet.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Absolutely! However, I try really hard to make sure that if someone did recognize themselves in my writing, that they would feel both understood and amused. Meghan Linden from my first book was heavily influenced by a lifelong friend, and her best friend Glen is a combination of some of my very favorite lawyer friends. The character of Kayla in Photographed in the Writer’s Room was quite unintentionally based on a woman in my acquaintance circle… I didn’t even realize I’d done it until I started hearing her actual voice in my head when I’d write dialogue!
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes. Several, actually. One for each work in progress. My handbag is ridiculous. It weighs a ton. And, what is even more ridiculous is that I’m just as likely to jot down notes in my phone. I guess I just like having options!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I like to think that I’ll give anything a try – from reverse harem erotica to YA adventure to horror and historical romance. However, I do find that non-humorous memoirs are the biggest trudge for me.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?
Oh wow! This is such a hard question… In the last year I’ve been introduced online to SO many cool Indy authors, it feels impossible to choose one. I guess I always dreamed of writing with someone like Jennifer Crusie or Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but probably I would have a so much fun co-writing with basically any author that makes me laugh!
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Well, right now it would be Canada. In truth, I’m just really missing Montreal, but since I’m in the US now, the pandemic restrictions make it virtually impossible to travel there. I have a small part of my current work in progress (which will be the the next Writer’s Room book) that will take place in Outremont, and I’d love to actually be there when I write it. I’m not sure if that qualifies as “research”, but it definitely would help with authenticity. I did that in Hidden in the Writer’s Room for the scenes in L.A., and for Photographed in the Writer’s Room I spent a little time in Houston… Even though I’d been to both before, I felt like it made a real difference.
Thank you, Michelle L. E. Price and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the Author
Born in Montreal but raised in New England, author Michelle L. E. Price has been writing as long as anyone can remember. An avid reader who was on the verge of losing her mind as a mom to two small children, Michelle began writing her first book, Hidden in the Writer’s Room, as an escape… at least her characters would do exactly what she told them to do and she could always count on a happily ever after ending. She also enjoys wine, re-watching 90’s sitcoms and occasionally running, but heavily relies on writing to stay sane. Michelle is a firm believer that laughter and love are the best parts of life.