HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: All this week we've been talking about when we knew we loved writing, or knew we loved reading. We've talked to Carolyn Hart who's on her fiftieth book, and Lori Roy, who's just written her first. And Delia Ephron, who reminded us, no matter what, to roar.
Did I always want to be a writer? Yes. No. Yes. No. You know me--I wanted to be a lawyer, or a geneticist, or a stewardess (it was the fifties, and that's what they were called.) But really? Truth be told? I wanted to marry John Lennon and live happily ever after.
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“Did you always want to be a writer?” I’m asked that question a lot. It’s second only to, “Where do you get your ideas?” People are usually surprised when I say, no, I didn’t always want to be a writer. I wanted to become a director, move to Hollywood, and marry Michael Cole.
Do you remember Michael Cole? He played Pete on the Mod Squad. The Mod Squad were three young people who had been in trouble with the law, who were recruited to work undercover for the police. Clarence Williams III was Linc and Peggy Lipton was Julie. Tige Andrew played Captain Adam Greer, their supervisor.
I never missed an episode. I studied the sets, I tried to figure out camera angles. I started walking the temperamental Corgi across the road to make money for a plane ticket to L.A I may have been a geeky ten year old, but I had a plan. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before I’d saved enough to go to Los Angeles—or film school.
I still have a soft spot for Michael Cole after all these years, but now, I also have a not-so-secret thing for Matt Lauer.
Yes, Matt Lauer from the Today Show. What’s not to love? He’s a little obsessive, the way I am. And he’s the only person who uses more Purell hand sanitizer than I do.
In fact, I gave my crush on Matt to one of the characters in my Magical Cats mystery series. In the first book, Curiosity Thrilled the Cat, we learn that Kathleen Paulson and her best friend, Maggie Adams, are watching a celebrity dance show, Gotta Dance, and Maggie is cheering for Matt Lauer. Now I don’t know if Matt can really dance or not, but in my fictional world he can. In fact, Matt and his partner end up winning the coveted crystal trophy as Gotta Dance champions, much to Maggie’s delight.
Maggie’s affection for Matt Lauer continues in the second book in the series and on into book three, Copycat Killing, which will be out May 1st.
Alas, I think my chances of meeting the real Matt are about as good as my chances were for meeting Michael Cole when I was ten. So I pulled out my knitting needles and made my own Matt Lauer.
The resemblance is remarkable, don’t you think?
So Reds and friends, any secret or not-so-secret crushes you’d like to share? And does anyone know what happened to Michael Cole? Leave a comment and you could win an ARC of Copycat Killing.
Bio: Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer Darlene Ryan. Sofie writes the New York Times best-selling Magical Cats mysteries. The next book in the series, Copycat Killing, will be out May 1st.
Darlene is the author of five award-winning teen novels including Cuts Like a Knife, a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2012.
Visit Darlene at www.darleneryan.com
Visit Sofie at www.sofiekelly.com