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Where do stories come from? by Charmaine Gordon


Often I’ve been asked where do my stories come from and I have to laugh.There is an endless supply if you’re a watcher and a listener like I am. For instance, while grocery shopping at Shop Rite, two young women were in deep conversation almost blocking the aisle. One cried and complained about her boring marital sex life; the other consoled her with advice so graphic I moved my cart a bit closer. A story in the making. I dropped the stalk of celery and hurried home to my trusty computer.

Another time while waiting at the doctor’s office, I overheard a group of women gossiping about Poor Edna. My ears perked up. “Did you know Edna’s husband left her for another man?” Gasps and murmurs all around. I mad a note about Edna. Stories are everywhere. Just listen.

Best of all was the night I had a sleep-over with my granddaughter who asked for help on a first grade project that only I could answer the questions. “Grans, you’re the oldest member of the family and that’s what this is all about.”

A few days later this sparked the idea for Breaking New Ground, my latest release, a River’s Edge series book.



When the CEO of a major Construction Company claims a part of Celia Brown’s property, he has no idea what he’s up against. The elderly widow and her six year old granddaughter prepare for battle. River’s Edge, the town that believes in kindness to strangers, jumps into the fray. Add romance, kids,and pride to the mix; there are lessons to be learned in Breaking New Ground.

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**GIVEAWAY: I’m interested in learning what commenters feel about seniors and romance. As a senior and when I was a widow just dating, my kids were weird about the whole business. Leave a comment and for one special person, I’d be happy to send a copy of Breaking New Ground. Contest ends 4/05 at 11:59PM EDT.*



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I write books about women who Survive and Thrive, one foot in front of the other and move on. In five years I’ve written six novels, To Be Continued is optioned for a television movie,Starting Over, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission, Now What? The Catch and a few novellas and now a series of mature romance The Beginning. . .Not the End and the River’s Edge series.

I didn’t realize at the time when I was an actor that I was like a sponge soaking up everything about writing. Directors like Mike Nichols led the way in how to move actors around for best effect and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal brought an extra joy to my life. When my precious voice failed, I kissed the sweet time good by and began to write.

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Thanks to the gals at Literary Lagniappe for inviting me here today. I so appreciate your courtesy.



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6 thoughts on “Where do stories come from? by Charmaine Gordon

  1. Thanks so much for hanging out with us today, Charmaine!

  2. My pleasure, Lisa. Every time I’ve visited with you is a good experience.

  3. I think it’s great that there are authors like Charmaine write about older women. As a 71 year old woman who survived after being molested as a 6 year old, it’s good to read about older women and second chances. I got married at age 42 and have been married for almost 29 years. My husband is almost 90 and we still adore each other. It’s never too late.

  4. Laurel, you’re my kind of woman, survive and thrive and move on. My motto is ‘it isn’t over ’til it’s over.” Thanks for commenting so frankly with your Happy Ending.

  5. I say the more power to you. How can you put an age limit on finding love. Only you, your heart, and your mind can make that decision. And I would hope that no matter how old you get, reading romance will always fit into your life somehow.


  6. Thanks, Lynn. What a lovely comment.

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