Sunday, January 31, 2010
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photo of "Jerramy Fine" photo credit - "tea" by Rebecca Harley
With great pleasure, allow me to introduce "Jerramy Fine" writer and author of, a memoir "Someday my Prince will come"
1. My mission is to design - inspire and create and artful life- what would you say your mission is as a writer? (other than that of the pursuit of a royal!)
I write not because I want to, but because I need to! If I don’t get everything inside my crazy head (and even crazier heart) down on paper, I get restless. So I figure while I’m at, I had better make my writing contribute to the greater good. I want it to amuse, to inspire, to give readers faith in happily ever after whilst teaching them to have faith in themselves. It is quite a large order and I have no idea if I even come close to achieving this – but I try!
2. How did the creation of this book originate and how long did it take from start to publish? When did you realize that humour was your way to express yourself?
When I met my childhood crush at the age of 25, I knew I had a story to tell. Luckily for me, my agent used to have a crush on Prince Edward and my editor used to write letters to Prince Albert Monaco! These two women immediately understood the theme of my memoir and how relatable it was for wannabe-princess the world over . Perhaps my book landed in the right hands at the right time, but because of this, the publishing deal happened quite quickly. It took me about 9 months to finish it and but it was a more than 18 months after I signed the contract before the book actually hits the shelves. I never set out specifically to be funny – but I learned long ago to laugh rather than cry so I’m sure this attitude seeps into my writing.
3. What advice would you give to other writers or artists who are working towards getting published?
Don’t try to write the entire book before getting a book deal! Just write three really great chapters (and an outline of the rest) and start sending it out to agents asap!
4. What sorts of ways do you add artful touches to your life to make you feel more "royal?"
I surround myself with velvet cushions, pre-Raphaelite prints, and classical music from the royal courts; I indulge in Chanel perfume and expensive chocolate; I tend to take taxis when I really should take the tube, and I try to get a massage every month. I also rarely leave the house without high heels and pearls!
5. In college, we watched Princess Diana's royal wedding, do you think another Royal Wedding is about to be televised?
I was only 4 years-old when I watched Diana’s wedding (my grandparents taped it for me), but it is something has had a life-long impact on my psyche. I do think Prince William will marry Kate Middleton in the next 2-3 years. Our world is crying out for magic these days so new royal wedding may be just what the doctor ordered!
6. Do you write every day or do you spend more time promoting your book? (you do not have to answer this one)
I try to write something every day (even if it’s just paragraph for one of my many new books-in-progress). I wish I didn’t have to spend so much time on promotion, but if I am to compete with the Twilight I must persevere! My facebook and twitter pages take up an amazing amount of time, but the feedback I get from readers makes it so worthwhile. As much as the business side of publishing drives me nuts, it warms my heart to know I have inspired so many girls to go after their dream.
Thank-you Jerramy for this "royal" interview keeping the dream alive and the fairy tale too in each of our creative hearts. Feel free to leave a comment, which royal couple made an impression on your wannabe princess heart? The winner of the bookends and the book will be randomly selected and posted this Thursday.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This was actually the first illustration that I did, take note that it has no hat, which one do you like better? Hat or no hat?Looking back, the couple will have these to remember their journey. I must admit, I loved adding the wildlife and totally lost myself in the border.
Back to couples, I think the art of travel and the spirit of a journey are what keep things interesting. After all it is not everyday that the mode of transportation would be that of an elephant.
Monday, January 25, 2010
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Somehow, I envision Emily and her love to live in total delight, harps playing, literature a plenty and antiques surrounding them whilst felines provide amusement.
Please congratulate the newlyweds upon thier return from a Hawaii Honeymoon.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
In the wake of the recent magnitude earthquake in Haiti, Charlotte Moss is encouraging those in the design world to act now to help those in need. Over half of Haiti's population is under age 18 and the mother in me yearns to be there to hold and help these precious young ones. Moss herself has pledged ten thousand dollars to aid in the relief effort and she is hoping that her gift will be matched and even exceeded by those in the design community. Please follow this link to Unicef where you can make your donation and learn more. I also ask you, if you are a person of prayer, to pray, pray, pray for the Haitian people who are experiencing such devastation
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Enter, new gal, she is a nice oval shape, two levels, the lower level is a wonderful spot for books and the upper for holding bowls of clementines and drinks while we sit by the fire.
Now that this new table is a member of our home, I think the table is talking me into getting a new rug and I also heard some comment about the couch looking "sad." Funny how a change can lead to another change. The rug has seen lots of life and been well loved but now I see something sleeker, textured and perhaps a geometric pattern. Talk to me, tell me what rugs are talking to you?