Kim: In your website bio, you pay homage to your high school English teacher,
"My AP English teacher taught me the two most important lessons an aspiring author ever needs: 1) verbs are the key to life and 2) a writer should get a real job."
Have you contacted that teacher about your success? What is your favorite verb? How would you modify this advice for aspiring authors?
Roxanne: I can’t find her! I contacted my high school, dug around on Facebook, and have asked some former classmates, but I cannot find her. The teacher was Pamela Livingston and she taught at Baldwin High School in the 1970’s and 1980’s. She also taught me one more incredibly important lesson I’ve never forgotten: No one looks good in green eye shadow. No one. Every time I even think about green…I remember Mrs. Livingston and go for something more subtle.
My favorite verbs are: work, laugh, love.
Modified advice: none. Verbs are the most powerful tools in the writer’s arsenal so learn as many as you can, and do at least one revision strictly to improve verbs. As far as making a living as a writer? Until you have many publishing credits (and even after you do), don’t count on writing to pay the mortgage. It can, it might, but not for a long time.
|School House Rock|
Kim: Tell us about your guest appearance on Bosom Buddies. What was the episode and what were your lines? Could you imagine then that Tom Hanks would become the success that he is today?
Roxanne: I was on the episode called “All You Need Is Love” when the boys visited a video dating service. (The precursor of eharmony and match.com!) I played a video date named Betty. My first line was filmed and in the can, then I was contacted and told the censors wouldn’t allow it, so I had to go back a second day and reshoot the segment. The line that was cut: “Hi, I’m Betty, #68. I really know how to please a man. I know because…I used to be one.” CUT by the network. The replacement line can be seen in syndication (look for the blonde with major cleavage).
Tom Hanks was the most ordinary, humble, funny, unassuming nice guy. And he could juggle. Another woman was a guest actress on the same episode I was in – an unknown named Rita Wilson. I think Tom liked her.
Kim: Now I am tempted to find that episode! We lived in the same cities - Miami, Boston, and Pittsburgh. What is your favorite aspect of those cities?
Roxanne: So you know my towns! I love the food and culture in Miami , the history of Boston , and the middle-American spirit of Pittsburgh . I was born and raised in “the ‘burgh” – and only a Pittsburgher knows exactly what that means. We speak our own language, revere our teams, and share a bond that is unique and special. After leaving Pittsburgh and living in LA for almost a decade, I moved to Boston , which was instantly home to me. I loved every corner of the city, and am thrilled to be setting a series there. I lived briefly (less than five years) in Miami, and while it wasn’t my favorite place to live, I learned to love the heat, the spice, the color, and the beauty of south Florida and now live only three hours away…close enough to visit when I want a shot of South Beach!
|Burn Notice on USA Network|
Kim: Perhaps you can do a guest spot on CSI: Miami or Burn Notice. I think Jeffrey Donovan, Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar, and Sharon Gless would be fun ... just watch out for Fiona's guns!
Mahalo, Roxanne, for joining us today! Mary is giving away five books:
Hunt Her Down (Bullet Catchers)
First You Run (Bullet Catchers)
Then You Hide (Bullet Catchers)
Now You Die (Bullett Catchers)
Edge of Sight (ARC for The Guardian Angelinos)
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Kim in Hawaii
|Saving Private Ryan|
|Normandy American Cemetery|
Tom Hanks lead the fundraising effort to build a WWII Memorial on the National Mall, http://www.wwiimemorial.com/.
|WWII Memorial at night|