Birthday Fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Hi, everyone. For my birthday this year, I’ve decided to do a fundraiser (via Facebook) for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Of course, you can donate directly if you’d prefer.

Broadway Cares provides grants to organizations all over the US to help people living with HIV and AIDS, with assistance ranging from meal delivery to help with medical bills. While it was started by and for the theatrical community, it has grown to be much more.

If you attend theatre regularly, you may be familiar with Broadway Cares’ twice-yearly Red Bucket campaign. Well, that program is on hiatus due to COVID-19, so they need our help with raising money.

Finally, every donation I make to Broadway Cares is in memory of Byron Nease. Bud, who played Raoul in the original Toronto cast of Phantom of the Opera, became a dear friend during a dark and difficult time in my life. I never found out what provoked him to reach out to me on Twitter shortly after In The Eye of The Beholder was published, but pretty soon we were talking about life, depression, and a whole lot more. Some days, there was just a thoughtful note saying I was on his mind. Bud lived with HIV for many years. He left us in 2013, and I miss him every day.

If you would like to donate to my fundraiser, click here. In the meanwhile, here’s a clip of Bud performing “All I Ask of You” with his Christine, Rebecca Caine, on a Canadian charity telethon.

Major Discount on “Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes” Paperback

omnibusHi, everyone. Amazon US has marked the paperback edition of the Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes omnibus down to $6.96. If you don’t have your copy yet, now is definitely the time to buy! This edition has all three books in the series, as well as historical photos. Click here to get your copy today!

Frequently Asked Question: Title or Blurb?

Hi, everyone. It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for a question from the Insecure Writers Support Group.

What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

The titles eventually sort themselves out, in my experience. Heck, In The Eye of The Beholder was just Erik/Claire for the better part of a year, but then the title came to me. For contrast, Bayou Fire and The Rock Star in the Mirror came to me in the earliest days of writing the stories.

The blurb, on the other hand, requires actual consideration and may go through several iterations before I’m satisfied.

What is Gothic Fiction? – Miss Demeanors

I asked Cynthia Kuhn, author of the acclaimed Lila McLean Academic Mystery series and literature professor in real life, what goth was. She told me there are three basic elements: a creepy old house, a family legacy, and a ghost. And then she gave me a reading assignment. It took two tries but I finally finished Rebecca, Prof. Kuhn. I don’t know why I didn’t like it the first time around. Loved it the second time.

Rebecca has all the elements: a creepy old house owned by some kind of aristocrat (read: legacy) and while there isn’t a ghost per se, the presence of the deceased titular character still presides over the living. The recently popular Mexican Gothic has the creepy old house, a family legacy, and a creepy old guy – still alive but he’s practically a ghost. The Turn of the Screw certainly has all the elements.

What is Gothic Fiction? – Miss Demeanors

I think that In The Eye of The Beholder and A Light Across the Lake qualify. Do you agree?