Remember NBC’s Smash? No? I’m not surprised.

Smash was a show about a Broadway musical, that premiered in February of 2012. It ended up as an embarrassing flop, but the pilot was pretty good. The road to my novel started during a conversation between me and Brad, after we watched it.

I was kind of annoyed, and I said, why are people always making stories about boring old actors and writers and directors? The crew is way more interesting. Someone should make a TV show about the crew!

And my husband looked me right in the eye, and said, yeah. Maybe someone should. And I thought, huh. Maybe someone will.

At first it was just a thought experiment. What would a show like that even look like, and who would be the characters? Then I had a bunch of ideas, and got excited about it. I would watch this show, I thought. How do you get someone to let you make a show?

Turns out you don’t, but I didn’t properly appreciate that until Pitchfest. More on that later.

You guys, my novel’s finally coming out!

After five years of writing, seven and half years of overall planning, and a lifetime of saying “I want to be a writer,” I’m finally publishing an actual book. The fabulous Daniel Coston at Fort Canoga Press has agreed to work with me, and while we don’t yet have a publication date, it’s coming soon! 

They say to write what you know. But I thought, screw that, I’m going to boldly step outside my comfort zone and write about a stage manager at a community theater in Northwest Ohio. No day but today. 

But seriously, this has been a massive labor of love, and I’m starting a blog to tell you all about it. I’d love it if you’d stay tuned. You can share and/or follow below.