Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Best Ever Summer Blog Tour ~ Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the Best Ever Summer Bog Tour!! I'm very fortunate to have Christine London visiting my blog today :) Don't forget to look for the question at the bottom of this post. Write your answer in the comments and be entered into the draw for this weeks prize!

Hello Readers,

Sometimes characters haunt us in the most unusual, relentless and consuming ways. Sometimes they change our lives.

My name is Christine London. I live about three miles from the sea along the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in the southwest of Los Angeles County. The marine layer of low mist is beginning to clear and another lovely early summer's day on tap.

What can I tell you but to say that I too have been touched to the bottom of my soul by a good read. I used to focus on self-help books and those that provided concrete information. Philosophy of life and how to live an uplifting adventure was what turned me on. Then I found Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series. Oh my goodness!! Like a good steak, every page fed my inner love of words...yum!

I lived in the San Francisco bay area for a number of years as a school teacher until my parents progressive illnesses brought me back to home base...Los Angeles. Nearly four hundred miles was simply too far to live apart.

My homecoming was met with little teaching jobs available. So I took a part time curriculum specialist position. Fate walked me along a path I had never imagined. The extra time off enabled me to do what I had not had time for in, watch films, listen to music.

I saw a particular film that touched me deeply. Yes, I was familiar with the storyline, the music, but not the man that played the lead. Immediately mesmerized by his presence, his eyes, his ability to wrap the audience up in the complexities of his character, I knew I had to write to tell him so. Off to the Internet to find an address to which I could send a note of appreciation…

Wow! Little did I know that there exists a vast network of fan sites for celebrities large and small.

 A story flooded in on me.

What would you do if suddenly, unexpectedly, a man entered your world…testing your attitudes, challenging your integrity, dislodging your emotional equilibrium and haunting your dreams with his eyes--- Not just any man, but Hollywood's hottest Scottish actor?

Further more...what if this woman, this fan wrote a letter that managed to get by the fan mail agency readers to the man himself peaking his interest in the acuity displayed---the ability of this fan to look into his soul?

I wrote...and wrote...and wrote until I had a full-length novel. (Known now as "Soul In His Eyes")

This man...this film star had been isolated by fame into a place one could only call loneliness. This fan, this woman who had never written a letter to anyone she'd never met--- was his savior. Little did she know that he would return the favor when tragedy struck her life.

Not a clue...I had no clue as to how to go about getting this labour of love published. The vast learning curve commenced. I research, joined a writers group, Romance Writers of America---and like a sponge, soaked in all the information and experience that proceeded me there in the form of amazing writers---published and aspiring.

Fifteen months from that first tentative keystroke, I had my first contract. Launched into a world I never imagined, I began attending conferences, signings and even Hollywood events (I do live awfully close.). I blogged about these experiences and my travels surrounding future search for settings and characters… off to Europe (a return as I had spent a year in London at University and fell in love with all things British) I went...blogging along my way. Seems folks love to hear and see, if only vicariously, what they may have only dreamed of seeing. An incredible draw to Scotland made itself even more apparent as I walked its verdant hills and valleys.

Into Hollywood events I went…and blogged my way. "Christine Goes Hollywood" series began…and continues on my 'London Blog'.

All my past and present seemed to converge into this amazing new Me?? Uhhh...yeah. Wow!

Lover of music (I sing in a vocal jazz quartet), baker of death by chocolate brownies, runner, ex- kindergarten teacher, explorer of places unknown, photographer of what others might not notice, positivist, introvert that pretends she is not, new found Hollywood pundit, Anglophile and best friend to a small group of amazing women, amazing writers, amazing readers--- and Christine London was reborn.

Here I am saying hello from the sapphire shores of the Pacific -- *waving*


Christine London

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Thank you Christine, for sharing this peek into your first book! DON'T FORGET: To be entered into this weeks draw write the name of your favourtie author in the comments!


  1. Thanks for hosting me Corinne. Those haunting character just keep on and on. But then that is the stuff of great fiction. I am blessed to be haunted by British and commonwealth men so they appear in ever book. I adore them! Guess America does too as exemplified by Hollywood's hugely popular love affair with them--Love Actually, Nottinghill, P.S. I Love You, The Holiday...

    My fav author? many, but I have to admit Diana Gabaldon writes the most beautiful, visceral moving prose ever. Her Outlander series is epic and unforgettable.


  2. Christine, fantastic post! Corinne, your blog is awesome. Thanks!