As a major symphony aficionado, I’m currently working on a romantic comedy set in the orchestral world. It’s inspired by my brief, albeit dramatic, stint several years ago as an executive director of one of the largest youth symphony programs in the country. While I learned very quickly it wasn’t for me, I had the opportunity to learn more about the creative, financial and political challenges involved in arts administration – and especially with symphony orchestras. I’m enjoying exploring these issues with my characters who are, very much, exploring each other.
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In the meantime, if you’re looking to take a rest – get it? – you may enjoy this playlist of some of my favorite classical (with a few jazz) pieces.
As someone named in the nomenclature of an elf, it’s probably no surprise I’m also writing a cozy, Christmas romance set in the fictional – and you guessed it, small – town of Pine Ridge, Pennsylvania. I’ll share more details about this project this summer, but in the meantime, you can learn more about the town that inspired me here. Indiana, Pennsylvania is the Christmas Tree Capital of the World and it’s the hometown of Jimmy Stewart, the star of the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life.
It’s also where my parents grew up. Indiana is one of my favorite places, and I’m constantly fighting the urge to move there in search of my own small-town romance. Especially during the holidays.
Have you ever had a hot chocolate from a Sheetz?