The Not So Secret Origin of my first novel, or, It’s in His Kiss by Vickie Lester

EPSON scanner imageThat’s me in a grungy corner of a set sometime in the late eighties. You can tell by the garish knitwear and the helmet of curls…

I’ve been rattling around this part of the world for a long time, probably longer than some of you (dear readers) have been alive. During that time I took some things as a matter of course, and other things just stuck in my tiny mind. Things I couldn’t openly talk about, some of it about people I knew, or knew of…

Anne was somewhat small and bespectacled… Her gamine appearance tended to put people subconsciously at ease. She wasn’t in any way challenging: she listened; she kept confidences; people told her the most extraordinary things and she would file their secrets away.“Still waters,” her Uncle Manny would say. Later, she would twist the secrets into unrecognizable forms and it came out as “spare, lapidary prose, highlighting the hypocrisy, pain and political unease of the 21st century,” that’s right—her very low-paying area of expertise was fiction—and she was about to reenter Papa’s bailiwick, Hollywood. Or, as her half- sister Natalie was fond of saying, “Nepotism central.”

Click here to purchase my Hollywood novel, “It’s in His Kiss”

Fame and money can play unholy tricks, or they can refine one’s character, and how it’s dealt with really does depend on the people around you, because in the end, we are all defined by our relationships…

12 comments

  1. It came as a great surprise when I realized I was no longer one of the kids and had to “sit at the adult table” at work! “When did that happen?”

  2. PJR

    The photo reminds me of another brilliantly witty woman having flashbacks: Tina Fey’s alter ego Liz Lemon’s younger self in greatly treasured 30 Rock

      • PJR

        The Psammead is, naturally, one of my favourite beings. E.Nesbit is A Great Writer, isn’t she? There’d have been no Narnia let alone Harry Potter without her. I would be honoured to be reblogged by you. I’ll make some tentative suggestions, but, please, you decide what would complement Beguiling Hollywood best – I’m not a good judge of my work The Baroque and Rococo European courts bear comparison to Hollywood, I think. When Obama’s term is done, a lot of us would be happy if he was made King in Europe. We need him, over here.

      • One of the best! If I may email you at the address associated with your comments we can refine this — I was thinking in honor of you and Sarah V. that it would be nice if the reblog had to do with actresses?

      • PJR

        In that case, I suggest one of the posts about Sarah Siddons. I’ll look over the weekend. As you advise, refine by email. Thank you!

    • It’s funny how characters stick with you…Anne is in the novel I’m working on now, as a secondary character. You know what? Now that my shoulder is nearly healed I’m going to put up a post, it’s for you. And you will recognize a certain adolescent sent on an errand for her elders that involves retrieving a car. xox!

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