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The Darlings of Orange County Interview: Encino Man Sportfishing, Shark Guy and The Perfect Summer Sailing Read

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:21 Jennifer Devore
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Wednesday, apparently, is The Day for writers: according to Twitter's #WriterWednesday (Find Moi there @JennyPopNet) and the plurality of reviews which come out each Wednesday across the Internet. My dear fellow authoress Natalie Wright, of Emily's House fame, hosts her own, midweek roundtable with Natalie Wright's YA: Writer Chat Wednesday.

Each week, she serves us delightful smatterings of friendly, casual chit-chat in the manner of extremely well-researched, contemplative, literary interviews. From up-and-coming, first-time authors hoping to make next week's cell phone bill, to established multi-title novelists with a coveted, brand-new 20th Century Fox TV series, Natalie takes them all very seriously. She offers the moral support and vote of confidence, based in honest scrutiny and without any pandering or sycophancy, that only another writer could understand. Miss Natalie comprehends, viscerally I presume, the continual effort to create and expose said-creations to friends, family and strangers alike, all the while terrified of being slapped down and brushed away, like mosquito at summer camp.

The Darlings of Orange County, and to some extent my Savannah of Williamsburg series, were fortunate enough to be the focus of one of her Wednesday Writer Chats via Skype. As my motto vacillates betwixt "Perky on the Page, Awkward in Person" and "Sic Gorgiamos Allos Subjectactos Nunc" (Okay, that one is The Addams Family motto, but I like it, too. 'We would gladly consume those whom would subdue us.' Yeah.), I was a tad nervous in the beginning. Happily, Natalie's kindness and affability brought me out of my shell a bit and, with a glass of Chardonnay, it wasn't too long before we started talking nude sportfishing, The Real Housewives of Orange County and how, apparently, I was able to bring the smell of a summer's day at the beach, out of Kindle screen.

"Especially, I think, as summer comes up, this is a great beach read. It's a fabulous book to get on your Kindle. You'll be laughing out loud on the beach, so just beware you might look a little bit weird, laughing to yourself!"

-Natalie Wright's YA: Writer Chat Wednesdays

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Sláinte, Miss Natalie :)

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