February 9, 2006

Notes From my Bed of Pain (And 3 Questions with Melissa Senate)

Dear friends, *sniffle* as I wrote about taping Between the other day, I thought to myself, self, I thought, I hope I don't SICK while I am supposed to be taping and have grunty voice all thick with mucus, puncuated by a hacking death rattle. Immediately, my throat started to tickle, and by yesterday, I was in full blown raging flu. I AM SUFFERING.

Good news is, I will be well before the taping and my own voice back. Right now, I sound like if Jimmy Durante and "Froggy" from the Little Rascals had a baby, except possibly less sexy. ha CHA! Other good news, Santino did NOT get cut from Project Runway last night, so...in spite of the fact that I feel like a bobble-head doll (and am about that pretty), I have decided to live.

Since I am incapable of doing anything other than lying the bed making soft moaning noises and sucking feebly at juice box straws, I am going to let Melissa Senate talk. But, who is Melissa Senate, you ask. Well...her debut novel, See Jane Date launched the Red Dress Ink imprint in 2001, has been translated into over ten languages, is an answer to a question in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit, and was made into a television movie for ABC Family. Her fourth novel is called The Breakup Club, and BookPage magazine calls it "a delightful slice of life of the newly single trying to make it in Manhattan. A treat!"


I lifted my swollen eyelids and peered owlishly at her just long enough to hack out three questions...

JJ: Where did the idea for The Breakup Club come from?

MS: The inspiration was something a good friend said in passing: "Thank God I have my breakup club tonight or I'd spontaneously combust" (or something like that). She'd had the courage to leave a bad marriage and start over, and it turned out quite a few of her coworker friends, male and female, were also going through breakups. Their breakup club was formed, and so was mine! Theirs would get together for lunch, drinks, dinner, cigarette breaks in front of their office building to commiserate, cry, and cheer each other on. Mine was stuck working on a high-profile celebrity biography about perfect love, so they decided to talk personal lives instead of work.

JJ: Your first novel launched an imprint (!!!) and was made into a TV movie starring FREAKIN' Charisma Carpenter who I (geekily) adore (because she was CORDELIA on Buffy/Angel). ANYWAY, can you talk a little about the experience of watching a movie version of your book and was it close to how you imagined it and what did you think of the casting and, oh COME ON, share the dish.

MS: I LOVED the movie so much. I now can't even envision my Jane without seeing Charisma Carpenter, who I adore too. I thought everyone was perfectly cast, including my own personal heartthrob, Antonio Sabato Jr., whose Calvin Klein underwear poster graced my college dorm wall. The entire experience was great. I had nothing to do with any of it (wasn't even invited--sniff--to watch it being filmed), and a lot of the book was changed or omitted, but the screenwriter and director/producer completely captured the spirit of the book. Every time I watch the movie, and I've seen it at least ten times, I feel like I'm watching my book, watching my Jane. A fun p.s.: the movie will be shown Sunday, February 12th at 6pm on ABC Family.

JJ: We were JUST talking about writing good sex scenes here at FTK. How did you approach sex scenes in The Break Up Club?

MS: Hmmm...IS there a sex scene in the entire book? I don't even think there is! There's a scene in which one of the main characters is trying to seduce her husband (who she knows is going to leave her), but he's actually more interested in watching a Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Letterman than in her roaming hand, which clues her in that the marriage is ovah. My characters rarely have sex, but they talk a lot about it and spend a lot of time prepping for it, and if there IS a sex scene (and I just realized there is a mini-one), it always seems to be sex gone wrong! I'll have to ponder that.

Did you catch the thing about the movie being run on ABC family at 6PM this coming Sunday? If I live, I am watching it.

Ansd remember....Blogging for Books is aliver than I am----get your entries in befoer Monday at Midnight!

Posted by joshilyn at February 9, 2006 8:46 AM

Santino should have been cut weeks ago. I'm going to be soo sad if he makes it to the last 3.

Posted by: Autumn at February 9, 2006 10:05 AM

Feel better, Tulip!

Posted by: Amy-GO at February 9, 2006 11:26 AM

Argh, the flu. Heartfelt get well wishes Joss

Posted by: Cele at February 9, 2006 11:44 AM

Oh, you poor, poor thing! I hope the juice boxes are magical and you are feeling better so so soon.

And Melissa is very funny and what a great interview!

Posted by: Cornelia Read at February 9, 2006 11:48 AM

Great i/v from the sick bed! Isn't the Internet cool? Hope you're better soon, sweetie.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at February 9, 2006 12:01 PM

Get Well Super Quick...
The flue bites, it bites worse when you're suppose to be all creative and immersed and your work...


Posted by: tina at February 9, 2006 12:10 PM

Oh, dear. Having the flu's no fun. Take care and get well soon!

Posted by: David at February 9, 2006 8:49 PM

I LOVE Santino!

But Why, oh, Why is Kara still around?!?

Feel better!

Posted by: Martha O'Connor at February 10, 2006 12:12 AM

I'm baffled by the SantinoLove. I find him mildly entertaining when he does his Timpressions, but otherwise I think he shoulda been out of there weeks ago. Of course I think Kara should have been gone weeks ago too. If there was any justice in the world - or on reality TV - the final four would have been Daniel, Chloe, Nick, and Andrae. Hmph.

Hope you're feeling better, Joss.

Posted by: DebR at February 10, 2006 8:57 AM

Garlic. The stuff that fights vampires is also wonderful for lung infections. Eat it raw if possible.

It will also ward off contagious dates.

Sam Love
author of "Electric Honey", a soon to be published book about Mississippi in the 1960's.

Posted by: Sam Love at February 16, 2006 7:23 AM