Vivien Howard hasn’t forgiven Weston Holmes for almost derailing her career five years ago. Female directors in 1930s Hollywood are few and far between, and a man who coasts by on his good looks and family connections can’t possibly appreciate what it took for her to get to where she is. But when the studio head puts Weston in charge of overseeing Vivien’s ambitious Civil War film, she realizes she has a choice: make nice with her charismatic new boss or watch a replacement director destroy her dream.
Weston Holmes doesn’t know much about making movies, but he knows plenty about money. And thanks to the Depression, ticket sales are dangerously low. The studio can’t afford a flop—or bad press, which is exactly what threatens to unfold when an innocent encounter between Weston and Vivien is misconstrued by the gossip rags. The only solution? A marriage of convenience that will force the bickering duo into an unlikely alliance—and guide them to their own happy Hollywood ending.
Welcome back to Get Lost in a Story, Georgie.
A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
Her first novel, Lady’s Wager, and her contemporary novella, Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood, and Studio Relations, a love story set in 1935 Hollywood, are currently available from Montlake Romance. Look for her Regency novella, Hero’s Redemption from Carina Press in July 2013, and her Regency novel, Engagement of Convenience, from Harlequin Historical on October 2013.
When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her novels.
Jillian: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Georgie: The first books I remember hearing were Don Quixote and Tom Sawyer. My mom used to read them to me when I was very little. The first book I remember reading is My Very Own Seasons by Chisachi Suehiro. I still have my old copy on my bookshelf.
Jillian: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Georgie: At one time The Little Mermaid was my favorite. Then Disney released Beauty and the Beast and it blew the mermaid out of the water. I love Belle and Beast, though I do recognize that Disney has had an undue influence on my response to fairy tales.
Jillian: Where do you read and how often?
Georgie: I usually read before bed, except when I’m on a deadline. I will also confess that I keep a book in the bathroom. Enough said.
Jillian: What sound or noise do you love?
Georgie: I love the sound of wind chimes, especially the metal tube ones. I have two outside and the tinkling sound on a breezy day is beautiful. However, during a major windstorm at 2am, not so much.
Jillian: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Georgie: I don’t write post-apocolyptic stories but I love them. The Stand and The Handmaid’s Tale are two of my top three favorite books. I’ll leave readers to guess which book fills out the top three (hint: the making of the 1939 movie based on this book inspired a number of scenes in Studio Relations).
Jillian: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Georgie: I cannot write and listen to music at the same time. I find it is too distracting. However, I will use music to brainstorm. Soundtracks from movies set in the time period I’m writing in are usually the most helpful.
Jillian: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
Georgie: I think I’d become royalty. I could totally rule a country. Or maybe just a small island somewhere.
Georgie has a question for commenters: Studio Relations is set in 1935 Hollywood. Gone with the Wind is my favorite classic film. What are some of your favorite classic Hollywood films?
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