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Oakdale Confidential:
An As The World Turns Novel

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Well, kind of...

As of today, the new chapters for the November 14, 2006 publication of "Oakdale Confidential: Secrets Revealed" have been approved by ATWT's Executive Producer Christopher Goutman, by Headwriter Jean Passanante, and by publisher Pocket Books.

The photos, have been approved by the ATWT PR Department, by the Legal Department, by Mr. Goutman, and by Pocket Books.

"Oakdale Confidential" was my first time writing a tie-in novel. Up to that point, I was used to writing a book, sending it to an editor, the editor would either buy it or not buy it and, if she bought it, there would be some notes for changes and that's it. Done. Publication time.

For my Figure Skating series, I sold the books off proposed outlines, so there was a bit more nervousness on my part about how the complete manuscript would be accepted. But, in the end, it was still up to only one person, the editor, to say yay or nay.

Writing a tie-in has been very educational, to say the least. So much input from outside source. On the one hand, it was fun to sit with Christopher Goutman and Jean Passanante and come up with a story that would work both in book and in show form (and they both couldn't have been more cooperative or supportive or helpful).

On the other hand, a soap opera is like a runaway train -- it stops for nothing and slows down for no one; every time a change was made on the show's end, I had to figure out a way to make it work on my end, too. It was almost like writing backwards.

Not to mention that my book goes to the printer in September 2006. Printer -- as in, no more changes. The story it serves won't be on the air until November/December. I live in terror of Chris and Jean suddenly getting a brilliant idea and deciding to change their on-air story.

Like ATWT's faithful viewers, I can't wait to find out what happens next.


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