S.R. Mallery, Author of Trouble in Glamour Town
Murder. Corruption. Romance. Movie stars. A modern day TV shoot ‘em up?
No. It’s 1926 Old Hollywood, and a film producer is gunned down in cold blood. In comes Rosie, a pretty bit-player, who, in spite of her stage-mother’s expectations, just longs to be happy. Silent screen idols Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Lon Chaney, and Rudolph Valentino float in and out, as Los Angeles’ corruption is exposed, the era described, and a chase to find the killer revs up before there’s another hit.
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author S.R. Mallery whose book Trouble in Glamour Town fascinated and entertained me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love historical fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for S.R. Mallery, a biography of the author and an interview between me and S.R. Mallery will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful S.R. Mallery!
S.R. Mallery, two-time READERS’ FAVORITE Gold Medal Winner, has been labeled nothing short of ‘eclectic’. She has been a singer, a calligrapher, a quilt designer, and an ESL teacher. As a writer, History is her focus and is woven into her stories with a delicate thread. When people talk about the news of the day, or listen to music, her imagination likens the story to a similar kind of news in the past and is forever conjuring up scenes between characters she has yet to meet.
Now, how wonderful does S.R. Mallery sound?! S.R. Mallery is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of S.R. Mallery ‘s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and S.R. Mallery, I hope that you enjoy S.R. Mallery’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
What inspired you to write Trouble In Glamour Town?
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I am the daughter of a television writer. My father scripted works from the 1950s Golden Age Of Television through the 1970s. During the early years, when we were living in a New York apartment duplex, my parents would have their writer friends and spouses over to watch each one of my dad’s episodes whenever it aired. It was a big deal. My brother would crash in his bedroom, but I couldn’t sleep. I was too excited by the hubbub happening in our living room below. Unbeknownst to the grownups, I would sit high up in the shadows of our stairs in my PJ’s and listen. I loved the clink of cocktail glasses mixing in with the articulate yet boisterous chatter. One minute the guests would be nonstop talking, the next, there was a hushed silence as they all listened with rapt attention to the show playing on the small-screened television set. Then, as soon as a commercial came on, they would again be gabbing away, this time with high praise for my dad, and heavy analyses of the production.
After my parents moved us out to Los Angeles, that ritual continued. Luckily, many of their eastern television writing friends had also become transplanted West Coasters. A teenager by then, I was invited to these get-togethers (no alcohol allowed for me, of course!). It was at those parties where I would hear all sorts of behind-the-scenes stories about Hollywood, both past and present. I loved it. I also enjoyed going on the television sets of my father’s work. There, I watched not only the actors, but also the directors, the crewmembers (those “grips” were hunky!), and various other people wander in and out. Loved the atmosphere; had no desire to act.
So, when I started to think about writing a murder mystery, the idea of Hollywood came crashing back to me. Relishing the research process, I decided to set my story back into a past era. The 1930s, with its glitzy and fast paced comedies or the 1940s, with its film noir were both very interesting. But as soon as I started to explore the silent flicks of the 1920s, and learn about some of the corruption happening in Los Angeles back at the same time, all of a sudden, it hit me: Bingo! This is it.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
I started out thinking that beautiful prose was tantamount to great writing. It was something I struggled with––and still do. But recently, I had an epiphany of sorts. I looked back on my life, reading-wise. I realized I have read books with stunning prose, gorgeous descriptions, and highly professional lingo, but with some of them, after a while, I found myself flipping through their pages. I’ve also read books that would never be called literary; might even have been looked down upon in some circles, yet I was riveted and totally involved. So I began to analyze why that was. My final take on it was that for me, characters I really care about and plots that keep me engaged is what’s important. And if on top of that, the prose is original and/or well done, then it’s golden.
What is your writing process like?
First, I get ideas from early research (see the next question). I usually start percolating about my fictional characters next, with an ultra rough outline forming in my mind. I feel better if I have an idea of how I’m going to open my book and how I’m going to end it. I am definitely not a Pantser type of writer. However, I am flexible. Therefore I call myself a Plotter with a Pantser Rising…
For my latest Work In Progress, I tried something new, and it was quite helpful. I put scene ideas on a lot of little 3 x 5 cards, and they, too, helped me formulate my story. Then I lightly taped those cards onto pages in a spiral notebook, within vague chapters. All throughout, I’m always writing little notes, so those always go into different labeled envelopes––to be taken out, looked at, and pondered over as I fine-tune my outline.
Once I start writing, it’s RDC big time! (Rough Draft City). I write, print out, edit, type up with more edits, and print out again, chapter by chapter. Then comes the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or how many more drafts it takes, using the same procedure. Some authors do all their work on their manuscript by computer alone. Not this gal. I need to have it physically in my hands to do a lot of the edits.
When I hope it’s more or less ready to be seen, I give it to my beta readers who are told to be blunt. After absorbing their comments, then it’s more edits and the same procedure, yah-dah, yah-di-dah––et nauseum. Finally, I send it to my fantastic editor who insightfully catches so many things that at first, I’m usually in shock. Then thrilled at her help.
What kind of research do you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
To me, researching a book doesn’t all happen before I start outlining. I continue to do that throughout my entire writing process. I mostly start with a variety of research sources: books, the Internet, movies, documentaries, photographs, and music from pertinent time periods, just to spark ideas about which era/events interest me. I am also a very visual person. I will read printed texts, but prefer to learn about a subject by perusing coffee table books, because they contain both texts AND photographs. The DK Eye Witness books are wonderful for getting a real feel for history, food, housing, and culture.
Then, once I’m actually writing, I often refer to books/websites about slang and phrases, to help authenticate my work. I also love the Forrest Gump approach of dovetailing real, famous people with my own fictional characters. Researching these well known people with all their odd quirks and human frailties is not only interesting, it also helps me develop my own characters and their motivations.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you only write when you feel inspired.
I truly believe that it’s important to sit down and at least try to write, no matter what. Once I start doing that, I tend to get inspired. Basically, I write first thing in the morning as well as here or there, throughout the day. No matter how tired I am, as I start sipping my first cup of coffee, my brain miraculously awakens. It certainly seems to work better than it does at night, when the left side of my brain stalls, and I can barely say a cohesive sentence, much less write one. That’s when I design my promo banners, which I love to do. (Must be from my quilt designing days). That uses the right side of the brain, which apparently, for me, does seem to thrive at night. Well, Picasso stayed up painting until the wee hours of the morning, didn’t he?
Do you read much and if so, who are your favorite authors?
I used to read many fictional books when I was growing up and as a young adult. These days, after reading for research, writing, editing, social media participating, and designing, by nightfall, I need a break. I usually watch TV series or movies, and try to listen to an audio book before I drop off to sleep
My Favorite Authors and their inspiration
- a) Harper Lee, for her touching characters and story in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” which grabbed my heart. Her marvelous show-don’t-tell prose inspired my writer’s journey.
- b) Authors De Maupassant, O. Henry, Ellery Queen series, and the TV series, “Twilight Zone” and “Hitchcock Hour,” all for their wonderful twist endings. It never occurred to me what an influence they all had on me until several reviewers mentioned that my stories in TALES TO COUNT ON reminded them of these sources.
- c) Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier, for their page turning plots that also satisfied my romantic yearnings.
Lastly, when can we readers expected to read more wonderful books from you?
Basically, here is my current book line up on Amazon:
SNIPPETS IN TIME http://BookShow.me/B07BZ4V5Q7/
Drift back in time with award winning S. R. Mallery, as she presents some excerpts––or “snippets”––from her different books. They range from an American family saga to full, historical adventures involving sewing; from a U.S. Civil War Romeo and Juliet couple defying all odds to a 1926 Old Hollywood romantic murder mystery; from both a colorful Western romance and a Nazi spy romance thriller to short stories that keep you guessing….
UNEXPECTED GIFTS: http://BookShow.me/B00YWGATTU/
A TRUE AMERICAN FAMILY SAGA: Can we learn from our ancestors? Do our relatives’ behaviors help shape our own?
In “Unexpected Gifts” that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors’ hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.
SEWING CAN BE DANGEROUS AND OTHER SMALL THREADS: http://BookShow.me/B00VIEZ2QY/
WHEN HISTORY, MYSTERY, ACTION, and ROMANCE ARE ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!
These eleven short stories range from drug traffickers using hand-woven wallets, to a U.S. slave sewing freedom codes into her quilts; from a cruise ship murder mystery with a quilt instructor and a NYPD police detective, to a couple hiding Christian passports into a comforter in Nazi Germany; from an old Salem Witchcraft wedding quilt curse to a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Ashbury love affair between a professor and a macramé artist gone horribly wrong, just to name a few.
THE DOLAN GIRLS: Romance In Old Nebraska http://BookShow.me/B018Y063XA/
Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Adult themes are added to the mix, along with colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and of course, romance. Two, in fact!
GENTEEL SECRETS http://BookShow.me/B01MYU6KNE/
What do a well-bred Southern Belle and a Northern working class Pinkerton detective have in common? Espionage . . . and romance. At the start of the U.S. Civil War, while young men begin dying on American battlefields and slavery is headed toward its end, behind the scenes, female undercover work and Pinkerton intelligence are alive and well. But in the end, can the love between this novella’s Romeo and Juliet couple survive, or will they be just another casualty of war?
TALES TO COUNT ON: http://BookShow.me/B00UCBENY6/
Curl up and enter the eclectic world of S. R. Mallery, where sad meets bizarre and deception meets humor; where history meets revenge and magic meets gothic. Whether it’s 500 words or 5,000, these short stories, which include a battered women’s shelter, childhood memories, Venetian love, magic photographs, PTDS fallout, sisters’ tricks, WWII spies, the French Revolution, evil vaudevillians, and celebrity woes, will remind you that in the end, nothing is ever what it seems.
FOR THE FUTURE …
1) Coming up in mid-November 2018, first in a boxed set, then later in 2019 as a separate Romantic suspense novella:
It’s 1941 in New York City, a time before Pearl Harbor, when Nazi spies are everywhere in the U.S. and no one knows who’s working for whom. In comes beautiful Lily, paid to gather intelligence by setting up a “honey trap” for Joe Stiles, a supposed German infiltrator. Problem is, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for––falling in love.
2) A sequel to THE DOLAN GIRLS, entitled ELLIE & THE WAR ON POWDER CREEK
3) A potential cozy murder series with some time travel involved (Gotta get in some historical research!)
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with S.R. Mallery! If you have liked what you have read about S.R. Mallery and are interested in learning more about S.R. Mallery and reading S.R. Mallery’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,