Romancing the Story, Eden Style
During my massive Whitney Awards finalist reading this year (so I could vote as a member of the academy), I fell in love with Sarah M. Eden's Seeking Persephone (a much-deserving finalist for Best Romance) and even though the copy I read was a borrowed one, I promptly bought one of my own. (I don't take my book-buying dollars lightly, so that tells you something.)
Set in Regency England, the book had fantastic characters, a complex plot with layers, wit, humor, and everything that makes a good story GREAT. I plan to buy more of her books soon. (I recommend doing so. Here's her website.)
What I didn't expect to discover later on is her riot of a personality. Before the LDStorymakers conference and the Whitney Gala, she and I ended up exchanging a few e-mails. It was a good thing I wasn't ever drinking anything when I opened her messages, because she had me laughing and snorting every time, and I would have been spewing drinks onto my computer screen. Sarah is an absolute riot, so I made sure to track her down and meet her in person at the Whitney Gala.
Recently she was asked to be the "opening act" at a writer's retreat, sort of a warm-up for attendees for the upcoming speakers. The theme of the retreat was "Romancing the Story."
What she came up with was a brilliant video. It might be funnier to writers than non-writers, but I'm thinking anyone who's ever read a book will laugh their heads off.
She sure "romances" the story. I'm guessing it's not quite what the retreat organizers meant, but I'm also guessing it got a lot of laughs.
Then again, Sarah herself is the first to admit she's not normal. She's a writer.