Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dianne Emley, Pro

Do you believe it? I was actually out again last night. After dark and everything.

John and I went to Vroman's to celebrate the debut of The Deepest Cut, the third book in Dianne Emley's Nan Vining thrillogy. If you follow Pasadena Daily Photo you know I profiled Dianne here last November with the first of her Nan Vining books. We followed that with a contest to win the second book, and now the third one's here.

I've enjoyed learning from Dianne about her process. As an actor, it took me a long time to understand that acting must be approached as a business as well as an art. As a writer, I'm learning much more quickly. Dianne approaches writing like the business it is, and she's a pro.

Last night she read from The Deepest Cut, then fielded questions from a full house about everything from publishing to process. The discussion went overtime, then we all lined up to get our books signed.

Many thanks to guest photographer Bob Reiter for this shot. It makes me laugh that Dianne and I both whipped off our glasses to get our picture taken.

And many, many thanks to you, Dianne.

17 comments:

Dina said...

Another night out? You are getting into strange habits. ;)
A book launch sounds like a good enough reason. Oh, and you can leave your glasses off or on, either way you look cute.

B Squared said...

So many artists languish because they do not understand that.

Virginia said...

Great shot and glad you got to meet this author that you so enjoy! Maybe Laurie can drag you around with her on her night excursions.
V

Petrea said...

Hee hee, thank you, Dina. Speaking of which, I'm still missing your picture.

BSquared: You're right, and that's why I spent much of my early career wondering why I wasn't working even though everyone told me I was a good actor. Well, duh. I wasn't applying any business sense to my business.

Thanks, V! Bob took a nice shot, didn't he? He and I compared cameras and he has a real one.

Babooshka said...

You naughty girls whipping those glasses off, natural Dahlinks! It is good to see local talent appreciated locally is all I'll say.

Babooshka said...

You naughty girls whipping those glasses off, natural Dahlinks! It is good to see local talent appreciated locally is all I'll say.

Dianne Emley said...

Petrea, it was so great to see you and John last night. Thanks for all you do to support this local author. It was a fun night. I get to do it again tonight at the Flintridge Bookstore!

Dianne Emley said...

And yes, both of us whipping off our glasses at the same time as if it was choreographed! LOL.

Margaret said...

I'm glad Diane had a full house and that you had a good time.

Kim said...

What a glowing shot of you both! It is fun to get to know her through your blog, Petrea. I hoping to pick up at least one of her works for some vacation reading. Glad to see you having "the night life, she likes to boogie..." It's so YOU! NOT~ :-). Enjoy a jammie night tonight!
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Cafe Pasadena said...

Well, you both look very attractive. The only problem is you're both married.

Was her wunderful husband Charles with her?
And, P, where was your husband? Hmmm, you have been outta the house a lot lately...

Katie said...

What a great photo of you both! I often take my glasses off too for photos; why do we do that? Definitely worth getting out of the house for this event. Hope your book tour is going well Dianne!

Christie said...

How very funny about the glasses! Sometimes I would love to live in a larger city where things are happening more often, but then again, I love my small town and I probably wouldn't leave home to go do them anyway! I'm a homebody at heart.

altadenahiker said...

My corn-fed sister. Of course we never would have met at a basketball game. You take a lovely picture, you do.

JCK said...

Sounds like a fun evening. I always forget about Vroman's for grown-up activities!

Petrea said...

Me too, Margaret. And now it's time to profile a new author. Hmm.

HA! Kim, that was me in a former life.

Did you read the post, C.O.? Yes, John was there. Charlie was there, too. Great guy. Tonight they're at the La Canada Flintridge Bookstore.

Katie, let's face it, we think we're prettier without our glasses. I don't know if it's true. I like Dianne's glasses fine, and yours too. But I want new frames.

You'd probably go to some, Christie, but not to all. In a city like this (with Los Angeles only minutes away), one can't possibly go to everything.

Karin, sister, I saw Vanda's shot of you, so likewise, pal. (Sorry my shot of you was so crappy.)

JCK: I think Vroman's has a mailing list I keep meaning to get myself onto. If not, the website tells all.

Dina said...

Oh, THAT picture. I think one's picture doesn't show if you click Name/URL instead of Google/Blogger on the comment box.
It's faster for the comment-leaver to click Google/Blogger. But then if you click on my name in your comment, it takes you to my uninteresting Profile.
If you go the Name/URL identity route, then clicking on my name takes you directly to the blog, not the profile. Then I am not wasting readers' time. Who needs to see my picture anyway? So am I altruistic and self-effacing, or what? LOL