Alice Gaines: Where there’s a will… 8


Today, I am doing a blog-swap with one of my fellow Carina Press launch authors. I’m over at Alice’s while she’s here for your amusement.

I have a feeling Alice would be a hoot to sit down and chat with, especially over a glass of wine or six. You’ll understand once you read her blog…

Alice Gaines is a multi-published author–you can find her stories at Harlequin’s Spice Briefs, as well as books with Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave, Cerridwen Press, Leisure Romance and Lovespell, Draumr Publishing, ImaJinn, and Hard Shell Word Factory as well as E-Red Sage. I completely stole her bio from her webpage:

I live in Oakland, California with two corn snakes, Sheikh Yerbouti and Casper the Friendly Ghost Corn Snake, and two stray cats that live in my backyard. My passion, next to writing, is cooking. Only America’s Test Kitchen and Lidia Bastianich can pull me out of my work-in-progress.

Meet…
Alice Gaines!
      I’m sure all writers must have the same problem I do when finishing a book.  By now, you’ve spent months on the thing, and it seems as if you’ll never get to “the end.”  That’s when the next story worms its way into your imagination, and you really want to write THAT.
      That next story will be fantastic, you feel.  It’ll overcome all the flaws your writing has ever had.  It’ll make editors sit up and take notice.  It’ll dazzle reviewers and grab readers by the throat.  The world would be wonderful if you could just write THAT story.  It’ll make you rich and famous and even thinner.
      That last is a bit of an exaggeration, but I think you get my drift.  Something new and shiny distracts you from the hard work of finishing your current project.
      What infiltrated my brain and wouldn’t leave about Miss Foster’s Folly was a will, as in last will and testament – Juliet Foster’s father taking his last swipe at his children from beyond the grave.  Here it is:

      ‘To my son, Richard, I leave my interests in the railroad and steamship lines that bear my name.  Richard’s tried for twenty-three years to wrest control from me.  May he now sink or swim on his own. Without my help, the sharks among the partners will eat him alive.

      “To my elder daughter, Ophelia, I leave the estate in Newport and the country house in Saratoga. No doubt, she and her grasping husband will sell them at their first opportunity.  I believe I’ve thwarted the two of them by hiding her mother’s best jewelry somewhere on one of the properties. If Ophelia wants the emeralds and pearls to drape over her bosom, which she pads with God only knows what, she’ll have to find them.

      “To my younger daughter, Juliet, I leave all my other assets in cash, bonds, and real estate. She has a headstrong and unfeminine temperament and will never land a husband. But she clings to money with the tenacity of a barnacle. This way, I know she’ll never starve.

      “Goodbye to all of you.  I never would have tolerated any of you except for your mother’s sake. I join her in heaven now, if she’ll have me. The two of us will continue in the bliss we might have shared if the three of you had never been born.”

      I have no idea where all that came from.  Believe it or not, it is a funny book.  I had intended to make Juliet spit-in-your-eye independent and fabulously wealthy, but I hadn’t planned on giving her a family full of greed-heads and vipers.  Somehow, that scene launched the rest of the story in such a way that it was pure delight to write the rest all the way to the end.

      The book did make a few editors at Carina sit up and take notice, I’m happy to say.  Time will tell if it makes me rich and/or famous.  I doubt very much that it’ll make me thinner.

      You can catch up with me and my books at www.alicegaines.blogspot.com or write to me at authoralicegaines@yahoo.com.  I love to hear from readers.

Leah here: I have to comment on that will — OMG when Alice sent me this clip, I was literally laughing out loud. Can you imagine being a fly on the wall in that solicitor’s office?  I love the bit about him hiding the jewelry on the property–brilliant! You can read an excerpt of Alice’s Miss Foster’s Folly on the Carina blog here. But you’ll have to wait until June 14th before you can read anymore. 😉 I’ll be putting up links to the Carina authors’ books at the start of the week so you won’t forget. Oh, and don’t forget to drop by Alice’s blog and say hi to me!


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