Now that Chanukah and Christmas are over, next week we’ll start a new year. With that in mind, here are the famous lines of my characters and friends for 2015. I usually have a word of the year, but I can’t think of one this time.
#5) Carson Finney and Malia Crabtree, hero and heroine of my novella, “The Devil in Disguise,” work together at The Morganville Weekly Banner. Malia is Carson’s boss and her mom,who owns the paper, has a strict no-dating policy. Eventually, though, both Malia and her mom have the promise of a happy ending. “Mom finally found her prince.” Malia slipped her arms around Carson’s neck, pulling him close. “And I’ve found mine. You’re my prince, my heart, and my future.” Awww!
—Malia Crabtree, “The Devil in Disguise” Coming Soon from Crimson Frost Books
#4) I was walking out the door to go to work when my friend and cab driver, Greg, called to tell me he was waiting outside. When I got into the cab, he started joking around with me about the old “I was walking out the door” excuse.
“I was walking out the door and forgot to walk out the door”
–Greg M., October, 2015
#3) I fought the conspiracy…and the conspiracy won seems to be the theme for 2015. At least for me. Here’s a line from my alter ego, Vi LaNance’s book, “Nutsie in Disguise,” which is out now:
“I kept thinking of another one of Jay’s favorite sayings, “It’s all part of the conspiracy.” He was so right! It’s all part of life’s current conspiracy against me.”
–Nan Moskowitz, “Nutsie in Disguise”
#2) Jay Galloway, my cab driver and part-time musician hero of “Mr. Short, Dark…& Funny” is kind of a work-aholic. He harly ever takes off, and he expects other people to be the same way, which leads to some “differences of opinion” with his friends and customers. This is a line from my updated version of “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless,” which will be available next year (I hope). Jay’s sister, Lorrie, just found out that her finace, Hugh, cheated on her and Jay is outside, looking up at Hugh’s apartment.
“I have to get back to work since I don’t have a trust fund! Some people have to work for a living.”
–Jay Galloway, “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless” Update coming, 2016
#1) Another line from the “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless re-write…After Hugh breaks their engagement, Lorrie goes into a funk, refusing to go on dates again, letting herself and the house she shares with Jay go. Jay wants her to get back out there again, hoping she’ll meet someone who will make her forget Hugh and get back to her old self. (And my friend, Greg, who hasn’t read this re-write yet, said almost the same thing to me when I got really sick and depressed in October and November…only it was about my excuses for taking off work)…it’s freaky (but I love it when art imitates life).
“I really don’t want to go to the singles dinner party, so I start working on my excuse. I can hear Jay’s voice in my head. Whenever a singles event comes up at church or work, or someone tries to fix me up with someone, I always find a reason not to go. “So what excuse are you gonna use this time, Lor? ‘I’ve got choir practice?’ ‘I don’t feel so good?’ I know—you’ve got things to do. You should write a book of all of your excuses. It’d be a best seller!”
–Jay Galloway, “Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless–update coming 2016 or: Greg M. December, 2015