Dee Brice, everyone please say ‘Hi’. Appetizer’s and beverages are over in the shade as always. Find a plate, fill it, then a seat and relax.
Mary: First things, first. As I said, everyone can find out about your books from your site, etc. So please give everyone information on how to find out about your books. Web site, blog, Facebook, Twitter and anything else you can think of.
Dee: First, thanks for having me. Your garden is beautiful. As for the information, here it is.
Web: deebrice.com; Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dee-Brice/230424546974171; blogs: I do two. Mine is deesdites.blogspot.com, the second is goddessesofstorytelling.blogspot.com. I have a Twitter address, but it's linked to my Facebook page and I haven't a clue how to access it.
Mary: Thank you, now we have that out of the way. I’m very excited to have you here in the garden, and I want everyone to know you better as a person. What can you tell us about your growing up years? How did they shape you to be the person you are today?
Dee: Only child with an overactive imagination. Wanted to be an actress, but liked eating too much to risk going to LA or NYC and starving. I did a lot of community theater as both a child and an adult which fulfilled the acting need. Wrote when the need struck, which was pretty much all the time. I worked in a job where I traveled a lot, but spent hours waiting for others to do their work. Pen and paper, windows down to blow out my cigarette smoke=perfect conditions in which to write.
Mary: I looked over your web site, and found this statement, “Dee lives in northern California with her inspiration, best friend, and husband.” So tell us a bit about your husband. How did you meet? Was it a true romance?
Dee: We met at Stagedoor Comedy Playhouse where DH was set and lighting designer, set builder and stage manager. I was cast in a play titled "Norman, Is That You?". We liked each other's sense of humor and the sexual attraction was immediate. As for romance… We were together for twenty-eight years before we married and will celebrate our 10th next year. Guess the romance is alive and well.
Mary: Another thing from your web site caught my eye, “wannabe actress”? There has to be a story there. Will you share?
Dee: My much older than my mom father played the Orpheum circuit in the days of vaudeville. He was also a movie theater manager for Fox West Coast when I was a kid. I think I "was born in a trunk" in a figurative sense. Bitten by the acting bug at an early age and stayed infected until I committed more of my "free time" to writing.
Time for a break everyone! Help yourselves to some more wine, or something. Once everyone is settled, we’ll begin again. I hope you're enjoying meeting my new friends! I know I am.
Mary: Have you lived anywhere else? If so, where and why did you move to northern California?
Dee: I was born in LA, raised in Fresno, and moved to the Sacramento area in 1969. The best thing about being from Fresno is being FROM Fresno. I definitely don't miss the summer heat or the winter tule fog.
Mary: Do you watch TV or Movies? If so what are your favorite type of TV programs or Movies? Do you have a favorite series? I love Dexter, actually I also love Castle, and the list goes on and on. So please share….
Dee: The last movie I saw in a theater was "Blazing Saddles." DH and I order films we like and watch them at home. We both love well-written, well-acted films and lean toward comedies--not Neil Simon whose plays don't translate well to film. Either that or the screenwriters are--Never mind. Anyway, I love Castle, Chuck, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Drop Dead Diva and certain soaps. Gotta love how those writers construct transitions. Wish I could write them half as well!
Mary: Before we say goodbye, please tell us what your favorite words of wisdom are. In general—not career wise. Remember we’re getting to know you. Not the author.
Dee: Wisdom? Separate me from the author? I'm not sure I can do that. Based on my experience as a wannabe published author my word of wisdom is Perseverance. It took me fifteen years to sell my first novel (2006) and I'm now about to write book twenty.
Thank you, Dee, for joining me again. Please drop back any time. I’m really looking forward to meeting you in Calistoga to share a glass of wine or two.
Dee: Thanks for having me.