Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Ellyn Oaksmith who is sharing 10 interesting 10 Things we don’t know about her as well as her latest release DIVINE MOVES.
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Ten Things You Don’t Know About Me by Ellyn Oaksmith
1) I get a lot of writing done in the woods and the car. In the woods because there is no one around to distract me. Apparently it’s been scientifically proven that people walking have more brain activity than people sitting on their rear ends eating cheese Danish. I tried sitting on one of those ridiculous balls when I wrote but it made me too tired, I felt like an idiot and my kids kept stealing it to goof around and nearly kill themselves. Now we use it to herd my dog into the shower after he’s rolled in something dead and doesn’t want to bathe because he smells so delicious. He’s afraid of it. Not proud of doing it but hey, he’s 85 pounds. You try carrying that into the shower. I came up with the idea of Adventures with Max and Louise in the car. I can tell you the intersection because the entire plot just popped into my head. (The car had speakers jammed with dried vanilla ice cream from the time I thought my 2 year old could handle her own cone.) I came up with the ending for Divine Moves on a trip back from Montana. It was a hundred plus outside and there were a lot of wheat fields. What else is there to think about? Also a lot of ideas come to me when I am falling asleep. Then I am wide awake. A blessing and a curse.
2) I worked as a cook in Alaska on a fishing boat. It was grad school. I needed the money. It was great money. I ended up working 2 months on, 6 months off. Sure it was grueling work, and I do mean grueling. Thinking of it makes me laugh at what a pansy I’ve become, complaining about editing and whatnot. Try working 16 hours on, preparing meals for a crew that has nothing and I mean nothing to look forward to but these meals. Try dodging frozen hams in the walk in freezer as the boat climbs swells the size of an apartment building. Don’t even get me started on the perils of the deep fryer. That sucker was my mortal enemy.
3) For ten years I threw the neighborhood Halloween party. One year the lights went off during the party and the only thing you could see out of 17 adults and 34 children were the glow in the dark rings around the children’s necks and the lit up neon stemmed wine glasses that we’d received as a house warming gift. Gosh I miss those glasses. One year I ran from one classroom to the other, throwing 2 Halloween parties because someone didn’t show up at one and then ran home to start getting ready for the neighborhood party. I literally jogged home and thought – my life is insane. But I was happy.
4) I make my family watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s every year on my birthday. We eat pizza and I cry every time. My kids say they hate it but they secretly like it.
5) My granddad drove a dog sled into the bush in Northern British Columbia and traded furs with the Indians. My mother went to a school house where some older boys, who were too old to be in school but had been kept back because of all the time they missed working. One spring day they got sick of school, tied the teacher to the flagpole and left.
6) My Dad spent a summer tending some fish pens in Alaska, living in a floating cabin when he was a teen. A boat brought groceries and he cooked for himself. He liked it when the seals visited but he had to keep them out of the fish pens.
7) My great Grandmother lived to be 104. She got a telegram from the President when she hit 100.
8) When I was 14 I was in the hospital and asked my mother to bring me a bathrobe. For some reason, she brought hers. It was leopard print with rhinestone buttons. My mother never actually wore it. It wasn’t her style. When she took it out of the bag I just about died. I remember thinking, in my 14 year old way, that my roommates were probably judging me at that moment. Never mind that some of them were fighting for their lives. It was all about my embarrassing robe. I had her put it in a drawer where it probably still is today.
9) 30 years later I was back in the same hospital with my daughter, who was there for 6 days. My daughter was stable and I spent my free time trying to fix up my daughter’s teacher with a cute intern. It didn’t work. I heard later that the teacher thought I was really weird.
10) I go to sleep at night making up random scenes. For years it was the same 2 people at different times in their lives. They were either super happy or fighting. They were adorable. I wonder what they’re up to now?
Seventeen years of loving is a hard habit to break…
Meryl thought things couldn’t get any worse. She’s caught her husband in bed with the neighbor. She just found out she’s broke. Then her outrageous mother, Faye, shows up.
Faye wants to be a grandmother and has money to loan so it’s hard to say no. But what Meryl doesn’t know is that Faye, a former stripper and born again Christian, plans on opening an exotic dance and women’s fitness studio in Meryl’s affluent suburban community.
When Meryl’s book club gets roped into promoting the studio by dancing at a charity tea, they discover that their laced up ‘burb isn’t as proper as they think. As her husband fights to win her back, Meryl grows increasingly attracted to a handsome sheriff, recovering from his own loss. As a crisis looms, Meryl must face her demons from the past. But first she has to get through Christmas.
Funny, sad and sweet, Divine Moves reveals the forces that derail our lives and the sometimes divine intervention that keeps us on track.
I’ve been hooked on writing since 4th grade when my story of an alley cat was read in class as an example of a good scene setting. I just about fell off the chair in utter joy. I was a total goner when a film I’d written while at the American Film Institute was screened and people laughed. At the right places!
At Smith College I gave my professor a heart attack when I compared Tess of the D’Urbervilles, the book, to the movie.
I write every day from 10-2 although while editing, it’s much longer. I live in Seattle Washington with my family and my shelter dog who is my workout partner. I love to interact with readers on https://www.facebook.com/EllynOaksmith and http://ellynoaksmith.tumblr