Thursday, March 6, 2014

Looking ahead

I've been quiet lately, online and in life. Many things are happening, mostly good, and I hate to jinx the goodness.

The time has been alternately productive and restful. I've done many hours of research for two books I'm writing simultaneously, as well as spent wonderful time reading and with my husband.

I'm rather disillusioned with social media these days, as I see friends harassed and hurt. I intensely dislike the political outbursts that are more frequent these days. While I don't reveal my political leanings, I most certainly have them. All too often, I see "anyone who believes this way is a moron" lead-ins to tirades by someone who thinks they aren't offending people by such behavior. I have unfriended friends left and right, and will continue to do so, before I finally give up and leave Facebook and Twitter all together.

The one thing I have no problem with is my writing. I love it. I'm working on the finality of Frankie and Gent's story, as well as writing about Mac and Gray. Mac and Gray's story is coming together nicely and promises to be a proper novel.

Mac is a "fixer" at Regency Films, the studio you will remember Jack and Wyatt from Tarnished Gold purchased after the 1929 Crash. A fixer was a guy who cleaned up after the behavior of actors, actresses, directors, and others. They went to great lengths to keep the positive in the papers, and the negative buried.

These men existed in the Golden Age of Hollywood, at a time when the press was willing to turn the other way, for a price. The studios owned policemen, lawyers, doctors, district attorneys, police chiefs, and everyone in between. I've often wished I knew what percentage of the studio's yearly intake went to payoffs.

Gray is a newspaper man, on the crime beat, who is at odds with Mac. In Tarnished Souls: Frankie and Gent, they were together. In Tarnished Souls: Mac and Gray, we learn that together they weren't as solid as Frankie thought.

Within pages, they call it quits. While their story is a through storyline, the book tells the story of Mac's new occupation and how he manages as head of a massive police force within the walls of Regency Films, and the cases that plunge him into the sordid side of Hollywood in 1834-1836. There is a strong connection with Gray throughout, though they struggle to find common ground.

I've read about such men who existed in Hollywood for decades. They were ruthless at times, and much like benevolent fathers at others. They did their jobs extremely well, saved some and lost others.

My research amazes me, in the 21st century, where nothing is kept a secret and incidents are revealed, worldwide, in seconds. Infidelities, drug use, and murder were regularly covered-up and often, those involved came out better.

This book has some twists and turns, and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I hope to finish and have it submitted by May. Then I'll wrap up Frankie and Gent.

Meanwhile, the weather is cold and rainy, with the promise of warmer days. Summer in Southern Louisiana should be here in April. Makes for a very long period of blazing heat.