Please welcome Charmaine Gordon, a writer of many talents. (Read more to learn what those talents are.)
Charmaine has just released Charlie’s Family Secrets, an “Omnibus Edition” of three of her novels: Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission, and The Catch.
Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life goes from bad to worse when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. “This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own.” Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.
Sin of Omission
A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigates and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about.
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch—every woman’s dream guy—has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends—and maybe even find the right woman this time.
That’s a bit about the stories,
but now let me tell you about the author
Charmaine Gordon, after years as wife of an air force pilot and a mother, became an actress. She had roles in “One Life to Live,” “All My Children,” and Another World.” (She also had the pleasure of singing happy birthday to Melanie Griffith in the movie Working Girl, sharing a hotdog with Harrison Ford during the break; lunch with Anthony “call-me-Tony Hopkins” in another month-long movie, and appearing in Harry Met Sally, where the whole cast sang with Carrie Fisher when Rob Reiner, director, asked her to sing.)
During the run of an Off-Broadway play, “The Fourth Commandment,” her voice failed, ending her acting career. But she had an idea for a story that wouldn’t let go. All the scripts she’d read and stage directions she’d received helped her with her first story, and good fortune struck when Vanilla Heart Publishing offered her a contract for To Be Continued. She’s been with them every since.
Of course, I had some questions for Charmaine
Maris: Charmaine what triggered the ideas for the three books in this Omnibus edition.
Charmaine: The first book is Reconstructing Charlie. I sleep-write, you see, and when I wake, I begin to write. The girl in this book Charlie Costigan; lives in Minnesota. Now, all my children are grown, so why in the world would I write a story about a fifteen-year-old girl from a state I’d never visited, beats me!
I cried a lot while writing Charlie’s story, watching her grow up with the intention of staying pure until she finds the right man. This story was personal and fun at the same time. Years later, I reread her story, and I’m proud of my effort.
Maris: What advice would you have for new writers?
Charmaine: That good things happen when you put blinders on and focus. No matter your age or circumstance, set attainable goals and go after them.
Maris: How can readers contact you?
Maris: Where can readers find your book?
Maris: Anything else you’d like to tell us?
Charmaine: Yes, I have a video out of Charlie’s Family Secrets. Take a look.