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I owe my Golden Heart necklace to the TV show Veronica Mars. No, really. See, when I switched some years back from screenwriting to fiction, I thought I should write something literary. I have no idea why. It’s not like I read lit fic that often. But that’s what I did.  I wrote what in […]

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Veronica Mars and me

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I owe my Golden Heart necklace to the TV show Veronica Mars.

No, really.

See, when I switched some years back from screenwriting to fiction, I thought I should write something literary. I have no idea why. It’s not like I read lit fic that often. But that’s what I did.  I wrote what in retrospect should have been a high concept romance, but I crafted it as a slow, internal literary musing and then wondered why my then-agent kept forwarding me complimentary rejections from editors who found it too slow and internal.


Around this time, I watched the first two seasons of Veronica Mars. Devoured, more like. I loved Veronica’s sharp edges and humor, her smarts, her vulnerability, her pain.  Loved the intense backstory and her need to fix what was wrong. I was especially captivated by the complex layers in her relationship with her friend-turned-enemy-turned-great-love Logan Echolls.  So captivated, I did something I would never have guessed I’d do: I became involved with the fan community. I even dabbled in fanfic. And I had a blast doing it.

I didn’t know it then, but I was trying on a new voice. A snappier voice that worked better for me. A contemporary romance voice.

After that, I knew my next novel needed to be different, so I tried writing a mystery. Veronica Mars is, after all, a mystery series. The romance in that one was pretty good. The rest? Not so good. Turns out I’m not a mystery writer.

Two books, written and shelved. One career, stalled.

Late one night four years ago, I couldn’t sleep. I gave up trying around two a.m. and went downstairs. Ensconced in my armchair in the quiet heart of the night, my only light the steady glow of my laptop, I came up with a new story. The kernel of the idea was from a fic, though the characters and the situation were entirely different.  He’s not a bad boy and she’s not a snarky private eye. Even the details of their relationship are different. Still, I was finally working with the right kind of material, using that initial spark in the right way.

I wrote that first draft in five weeks. I loved every minute of it.

Of course, I then rewrote the manuscript several times. It was, after all, my first romance. It turned out I had a lot to learn, despite having read romances my entire adult life. Nevertheless, I was hooked. I’d finally found a good fit.

That book was NO PEEKING, which made me a Firebird and won the Golden Heart for contemporary romance last year. My fanfic-inspired fizzy confection of a novel, who’d’a thunk?

I’ll probably never write another literary novel. They’re not as much fun, and they’re not as much me.

Thank you, Rob Thomas. You led me to my voice.

My question for you: Have you ever hooked into a book, movie, or TV show that draws you in and pushes buttons you didn’t even know you had, making you an unabashed, slightly obsessed fan? And if so, do you have any idea what it is about that particular story that makes it work so well for you?

63 responses to “Veronica Mars and me”

  1. Kay Hudson says:

    What a great backstory, Talia! The closest I’ve come to fandom was probably with Star Trek Voyager–I was firmly in the Janeway/Chakotay camp. Read some fanfic, spent some time on an AOL fan board (this was way back before Yahoo groups), but I don’t really think that it spilled over into my writing.

    I’ve never seen Veronica Mars. Apparently this is one I should pick up on DVD or Netflix, along with Buffy. One of these days, in my spare time . . .

    • Thanks, Kay! I think sometimes a show speaks to us in ways that don’t reverberate with our writing. I love Justified, but I can’t say any laconic Kansas marshals with iconic cowboy hats have started speaking Elmore Leonard-ese in my manuscripts. Maybe ST: Voyager is like that for you. It is sufficient unto itself.

      And yes, definitely check out at least the first season of Veronica Mars. It started life as a YA novel that didn’t get published, and it feels like a complete story.

  2. Great post, Talia. I think we don’t get to pick what we write; we have to discover it, and there’s no changing it. I didn’t know I was a romance writer, either, much less a paranormal romance writer, until I read Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost and realized all of the books on my keeper shelf, no matter what the genre, had a romance at their core. I abandoned my unfinished and overly emotional attempt a sweeping Southern family saga and wrote a vampire romance, and I was hooked.

    One of these days I’m going to watch Veronica Mars in all its glory. I only saw the first few episodes before my Netflix subscription expired, but they were great episodes.

    • I remember rereading the end of Witch of Blackbird Pond so many times I probably wore out the pages. I was maybe twelve. So yeah. The romantic connection was often crucial to keeper status for me too. You’d think I’d have gotten a clue sooner! I’m glad you switched too. 🙂

    • Elisa Beatty says:

      “I abandoned my unfinished and overly emotional attempt a sweeping Southern family saga and wrote a vampire romance, and I was hooked.”

      A.J., that line just totally made my day!!

  3. I haven’t caught up with VM yet, but will as you make it sound irresistible. Finding one’s writing voice is, I think, one of the most vital parts of making it as a writer. We often start out cautiously, being ‘a bit like somebody else’ or in my case, trying so very hard to get it right the writing can’t breath. My own breakthrough came when I wrote a novel fast for a competition and had no time to backtrack, rewrite or indulge in censorship. What became ‘my voice’ flowed out. It was great fun, none of the anguished soul-searching of other writing projects. Having done it, I felt I’d stepped up to another level. Whether it’s fan fiction, inspiration from a screenplay or an unfeasible deadline, we all benefit from the experience of writing unhindered. Thanks for a thought provoking blog. Good pic, by the way! xxx Natalie Meg Evans

    • Nat, I love that you found your voice by writing so fast you couldn’t second guess yourself! In a way, maybe that’s not so dissimilar from my story, because I found it by writing in a format that felt freer too: not writing for publication, just for fun. As you say, writing unhindered. Shutting down those “should do it this way” voices.

      Glad you like the pic. 🙂 He’s telling her their love story is epic.

  4. Leslie Lynch says:

    What a great story of finding your voice, Talia! I think we all go through a process of discovering our own uniqueness. And the discussion is fascinating; you hit on an experience common to all writers, yet one we don’t often talk about.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post.


    • Thank you, Leslie! You’re right — we must all go through some form of this sifting process, looking for the click. I wonder how many people start out simply knowing what they should write. Probably very few!

  5. Jean Willett says:

    Another mystery to add to my viewing list – Veronica Mars. Thanks, Talia, for reminding us that if we step out of the way, our true voice will shine. That’s a tough think to do, but so easy once we relax and breakthrough those barriers where we *think* we ought to be.

    I went to my bookshelves and looked at all my keepers. One side is romance, one side is mystery/thrillers…sigh…a split personality?

    • Jean, I think it’s okay to have a dual writing personality. I have one too. I’m just as drawn to the complicated adolescents in YA as I am to the hero/heroine push/pull in romance. So I’m writing both. Problem solved! And even though the YA usually has romance embedded in its heart, it’s still very clearly different from the romances. Satisfies different parts of me. (Maybe I’ll write about that dichotomy sometime.) Anyway, I know it’s more work to create two brand identities and all that, but if that’s what satisfies…

  6. Sharon Wray says:

    What a great story, Talia. We are very similar, besides being Firebirds and Lucky 13s, in that I started to write romance 8 years ago after reading (and thinking about writing) Buffy fan fiction. The stories of Buffy, Angel and Spike were my Veronica Mars and I’m so grateful to Joss Whedon for helping me understand great storytelling. And once I started my own writing journey, I’ve never looked back. Of course, to be honest, I never thought it would take this long. But now I understand that’s all part of the learning process.

    • Sharon, I think the majority of serious VM fans had been active in the Buffy fandom too. Huge crossover there. The two shows seem to have a similar pull on people, probably for some of the same reasons (kickass smartass girl power, messed up but awesome romances). To be completely honest, I think Joss is a stronger storyteller overall. VM S1 was awesome, but later seasons lost their way a bit.

      And I hear you on the journey taking longer than expected. Oh my yes. If you count my foray into screenwriting, it’s taken me mumblemumble years…. but sometimes it just does. You’re so right, it’s all part of the learning process.

  7. Amy DeLuca says:

    Hi Talia! Really enjoyed your post, and I can relate. I’m a late-adopter of Veronica Mars. Started watching online and then ran out and got the DVD’s and went missing for a few days! 🙂 Great storytelling. But that wasn’t the thing that got me started on my writing career– mine was Twilight *cue groans*. It wasn’t the actual series that inspired my first novel, but the author’s personal story. I’d always wanted to write and even started a novel when I was just out of college, but then career/children came along, and I dropped it. Then I happened to read some interview with Stephenie Meyers about how she was a stay-at-home mom with an idea and a desire to do it, and it was like a bolt of lightning hit me — I can do that, too! I just got started, writing every day for six months until my first book was complete. Of course then I had to learn how to actually structure a novel, etc. And that took a few years. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your story. Every writer’s journey is so interesting.

    • Amy, I totally get that. There’s something about Stephenie Meyer that’s so relentlessly normal. Like: if she can, we can too! Juggling parenthood and writing has been a huge challenge for me, but I think it just needs the decision to make it work, and then you can figure out how.

      I, too, love hearing how everyone got started. Thanks for sharing that.

  8. Hello, Talia! Enjoyed reading your ‘voice’ journey. I would say what has inspired my voice is a merging of life experiences. I’m not much of a fan gal. Although I have my favorite romance authors. 🙂

  9. Elisa Beatty says:

    Fabulous post, Talia!!

    I absolutely agree that writing is a form of Finding Your Bliss, as Joseph Campbell would say. And stories that appeal to us enough to get us writing fanfic are stories that appeal to something deep and powerful in our subconscious minds. What a great thing to find that well and start drawing from it.

    (And I really do have to sit down and watch Veronica Mars…I know fans are crazy about the show–hence the amazingly successful Kickstarter campaign to make a movie version. I have a few friends that have started threatening violence if I don’t see it soon….)

    • This, exactly, Elisa. It obviously connected with something powerful in my subconscious. I just had to figure out what! (Still figuring that out, in a way.)

      Promise you’ll watch the first season of VM and report back? I promise in return that I’ll check out the BBC Sherlock series!

  10. Wonderful post, Talia! It’s so interesting how we’re moved to write by something we’ve seen or read. I get completely hooked on paranormal type shows, but I just can’t write paranormals that well. I realized that even as an adult I get sucked into high school shows. Not sure what that means? I never grew up and there’s an angsty teenager trapped inside my 40-something body? But that snark and sass appealed to me.
    I quit writing contemporary romance in the third person, and I started writing in first person. It flowed so much easier. I think it’s because I’m channeling that trapped teen. LOL.

    • Kim, I love YA! Novels more than shows, usually, but I think it’s partly that: the snark and sass. And that sense that everything is just so INTENSE and IMPORTANT. What shows do you like?

      I like first person. The narrative voice can have so much character. I’ve been enjoying that in my current WIP, a YA. So I know what you mean. It’s interesting what makes the words flow, isn’t it? Sometimes what seems like a simple shift of POV will hit that sweet spot. It sounds like you found yours!

  11. Loved reading about your journey, Talia! For whatever reason, I haven’t ever watched Veronica Mars, but , as I am both a mystery and romance writer, it seems I should check her out. She sounds like my kind of character.

    My keeper shelf is a mix of Romance, Mystery, and Southern fiction. Not coincidentally, my work has all three elements in it. I think it’s true we write what we love.

    Probably the series of books that has come closest to turning me into an obsessed fan is Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels. I love the way she weaves these mysteries/love stories with all manner of supernatural creature and most of the stories take place in this typical small Southern town.

    • Susan, I think you’d get a kick out of Veronica’s PI chops. And there are small standalone mysteries in most of the episodes, which are fun to see her solve.

      I haven’t read Charlaine Harris’s books, though I did watch the first couple of seasons of True Blood, so I have a sense of the milieu. I have no idea how faithful the show is, though, but I loved that sense of place combined with the paranormal. I can see how it could suck you in, totally.

  12. Great post Talia!

    I have to admit that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was the first series that wowed me on oodles of levels. From the precarious balance of humour and ohmigawd-fright to the snappy dialogue to the so-wrong-for-each-other romance (whether Angel and Spike). Le sigh. Of course, trying to capture all that on the page instead of the small screen is challenging, but in a good way!

    • Bonnie, as I said to Sharon, there was a HUGE crossover between the Buffy and VM fandoms. Seems like they both resonated in some of the same ways for people even though they’re very different shows. And boy howdy, Joss serves up a deliciously heady brew. (I’m more of an unabashed Firefly fan myself. That show was kind of perfect.)

      And yes, so challenging to capture that on the page. The actors bring so much. Then again, we have tools the screenwriters don’t, so there’s that in our favor. 🙂

  13. Robena Grant says:

    Wonderful post, Talia. I love how you discovered your voice. I’m not a big TV viewer but now you’ve intrigued me with VM. Must look for it.

  14. Terri Osburn says:

    Five weeks?! Those kinds of stories are gifts, and this one clearly took you places. Thank goodness it brought you here. 🙂

    I don’t think TV or movies did it for me. It was always books. The angst, pain, and bliss of watching two characters fall in love. Of taking that journey with them and getting the satisfied sigh (and sometimes tears) at the end.

    That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Ironically, it was peer pressure that finally got me going back in 2007. So happy now that I caved and put fingers to keyboard.

  15. Magdalen says:

    I love Veronica Mars. I hope the movie will bring back Tina Majorino’s character. (The misfit smart girl? No clue why that’s my fave. No clue at all. LOL)

    I’m a sucker for the Sherlock Holmes characters. Omniscient, yet when they fall in love, it’s like they’ve been cold-cocked. I love it when smart men are just a bit clueless how to proceed with love. I’m already on my second hero in that style and I know I’ll do more. I can’t resist them!

    • And perhaps you’re on your second real life hero in that mold? 😉

      It’s a delicious character to watch, I totally agree! Logic vs. emotion, you could say, but more fun to watch. I never thought of Sherlock that way, but it makes perfect sense.

      You mentioned Tina Majorino, so I just went searching and found this interview with Rob Thomas about the movie plans: (HUGE spoiler for VM S2, I can’t believe he casually spilled the Big Bad like that). Sounds like he’s talked with both Tina and Percy about reprising their roles, but nothing’s set in stone yet. I hope so on both counts. It wouldn’t be the same without Mac and Wallace! (I kinda identified with Mac too.)

  16. Nan Dixon says:

    Great post Talia!

    Okay – SMASH is my guilty pleasure. (As a matter of fact, I’m listening to season 1 sound track right now.) It has all the drama — plus singing and dancing combining all my loves. And the love triangles! And they only belong to the 20 somethings.

    Thank goodness for On Demand – I can go through episodes I miss.

  17. Sandra Owens says:


    Well, now I need to get my hands on Veronica Mars DVD’s. It’s so fascinating to read everyone’s story of their journey to get to where they are now. I think it takes writing two or three books before most of us find our voice and what works.

    See you in Atlanta!

    • Two or three books sounds about right, though with the number of screenplays I wrote first, you could say I took a lot longer…

      VM was on Netflix Instant Watch for a while. I guess it isn’t anymore. Too bad.

      Yes, see you in Atlanta!

  18. Great post, Talia. And once again congratulations on your Golden Heart win last year and your nomination this year! You’re on a roll!

    I love the TV series “Hell on Wheels” and “Deadwood.” Talk about gritty, tortured and multi-dimensional characters. But probably the biggest influencers for my Western romances are the Clint Eastwood Western movies. Love them! They may be light on the romance, but they are full of complex characters and high adventure.

    For my Victorian London-set romantic suspense series, my influence was the Robert Downey and Jude Law “Sherlock Holmes” movie. Combing history, mystery, friendships and romance sounded good to me.

    Oh, and Kay, Star Trek Voyager was my favourite of the Star Trek series! But I’ll always be a steadfast fan of the original as well 🙂 Maybe, as you say, “one of these days, in my spare time” I’ll pursue that interest.

    Thanks, Talia, for a great post. So looking forward to meeting you in person at the RWA national conference!

    • Oh, I can totally see that Clint Eastwood flavor in your Western voice. I know I’ve seen the Sergio Leone ones, but Unforgiven is what I remember most vividly. Complex is right. Great stuff.

      As you talk about the Downey Sherlock, I can picture the tone of your Victorian mystery, and look forward to reading it even more. Exploring friendship as well as romance seems rare in the genre, and yet it’s so important in our lives, helping shape who we are.

      (And I feel the same about meeting you!)

  19. Hi Talia!

    I love, love, love VM. Like Buffy, it’ll always be one of my favorite shows, and I’m beyond ecstatic that they’re making the movie. While my voice differs from VM, watching it does help me get into my characters’ heads sometimes.

    • Truth is, my voice differs from VM too, but there’s just that something… I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it’s totally there.

      And yes, yay for the movie! It also really seems like Rob Thomas is going to do it right. Seems like it’s a good thing they’ve gotten crowd sourced funding — it means he won’t have to bow to as much commercial pressure, which I gather was the impetus behind some of the odd decisions in Season 3. I contributed happily to the Kickstarter. That video was adorable!

  20. Sheri Adkins says:

    Great post, Talia! Isn’t it funny how we figure these things out? When I was a teenager (and I’m dating myself here…) my friends and I were obsessed with Duran Duran. We each had our own fave member of the band and would write fan fic stories about them. Mine were always fun and silly ways of meeting the band–hey, I was 14. I didn’t realise until well into my writing career that those stories were my first attempts at writing romance. It was a super fun guilty pleasure, but in the end, I actually learned a lot from it. Just goes to show… you never know where something will lead.

    • You seriously never do. When I was writing the fics and involved in the community, I felt so guilty for spending time on it when I should be doing my serious writing. Shows what I knew.

      Aw, that’s so cute about the Duran Duran RPFs. Truth is, I think a lot of writers start with fic, either as teens or somewhat older. It’s like training wheels, since the characters and situation are already established. So I can totally see how that formed a solid foundation for you.

      (And, um, I was in college when Hungry Like the Wolf came out. Just saying.)

  21. Piper says:


    I so agree with you on two points: Veronica Mars is utterly compelling stuff (I watched the first two seasons on DVD as well and nearly neglected my family in the process–they went out to eat). Those seasons were like the hookiest novels and when it was all over, I felt sorry for the people who watched it the normal way when it was first on.

    Literary fiction–boring stuff. It took me years to come to understand where my voice belonged, and I am glad that I did. Genre fiction is the happening place, and I am glad I figured that out! Thanks for these great insights!


    • Piper, I found the show late in S1 and devoured the season on DVD when it came out, then waited impatiently for S2 to start. That was excruciating!

      And literary fiction… there’s some good in it, I won’t say there isn’t, and I love some books that would be classified that way, but I’ve always been more drawn to genre fiction. Romance, SF/F, mystery, now YA too. I felt guilty about that for a long time. I don’t anymore. There’s as much value in it. It’s simply a different approach to illuminating the human condition. (A more fun approach. )

      I’m glad you stopped by!

  22. TamraBaumann says:

    Great post Talia,

    A friend of mine, who is now one of my crit partners, read one of my earlier dreadful works and then told me I needed to find my voice. She said she could tell just by talking to me and the way I tell stories that I could be a better writer. (And she wasn’t just talking about how fast I speak. Actually based on that, pace should never be a problem in my writing but alas it can be. LOL)

    She told me I was working too hard at getting the words on the page and in the proper order. She told me to write my story and then go back and worry about the grammar and sentence structure later. By doing this, I was finally able to tell my stories the way I wanted them to ‘sound.’ So I guess I owe my Golden Heart necklace to all my Crit partners, but especially Shey Berkley!

    • Tammy, that’s one wise crit partner. And a hard thing to tell someone. Harder to hear, I’d think. But it echoes my experience, and what Nat said about writing fast in her comment. We all needed a way to stop overthinking what we were doing. So interesting! I’m glad you did listen to her. I suspect you are, too.

  23. Darcy Woods says:

    Fabulous post, Talia! I find reading about a writer’s journey, as interesting as the stories they create. Finding your inner muse can sometimes feel a little like panning for gold…blindfolded…on a steep ravine. So it’s great you can draw inspiration from VM 😉

    Me? I love, love, LOVE, the movie Chocolat!!! So, much, so, I may have modeled my MC a little after Vianne. Except instead of guessing someone’s favorite chocolate confection, mine guesses astrological signs 🙂 The vibrancy of that story and characters sweeps me off my feet every time. And need I mention Johnny Depp? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

    • Thanks, Darcy! I love your analogy. Cracked me up. And now I’m going to have to move Chocolat way up on my Netflix queue. How could I have overlooked a movie with chocolate and Depp? Sheesh!

      (BTW, my husband does this for real, guessing people’s signs. He’s nearly always right, too.)

  24. AE Jones says:

    Talia –

    I loved, loved, loved VM. I think I actually shed a tear when the show went off. But I love sarcastic, fiesty female characters. VM reminded me of Buffy and she is definitely one of my muses when I started writing paranormal. Why can’t the girls take care of themselves too?


    • Agreed! Wholeheartedly! We need more gutsy, sarcastic, fierce, independent, women in romance! You’re fortunate — it seems like paranormal allows for it more than contemporary does. I walk a fine line, always.

      (Thanks for stopping by, AE!)

  25. Chris Taylor says:

    Great story, Talia. Isn’t it fantastic how we all find our own way in this wonderful world of story telling. And good on you for persisting with your need to write until you found a home.

    I’ve recently become involved in The Voice (Australia) and have even tweeted about some of the contestants (a first for me!). Some of them are so fantastic and have such moving stories of determination, that they inspire me in my own life.

    • The Voice is like American Idol, I’m guessing? I can see how that would be inspiring! I haven’t ever watched American Idol or any of its competitors, but I do watch with fascination as the top performers like Adam Lambert and Kelly Clarkson become bona fide stars from that springboard. Not that dissimilar from the Golden Heart, come to think of it!

  26. Sonali Dev says:

    Hi Talia,

    Sorry I’m late to the party but this was a wonderful blog and I had to comment. Although I grew up on the other side of the world, your story is almost identical to mine. I started with screenwriting, then literary, then decided to write what I loved to read at that point which was romance by Catherine Coulter– set in India of course 🙂

    I’m going to have to watch VM now. I love your voice and I can’t wait to read your books,


    • No way, Sonali, you wrote scripts too? Now I’m looking forward to meeting you even more. (And reading your Bollywood romances!) It’s a great way to learn story structure, isn’t it? Sort of strips it all bare.

      I’m glad you stopped by, and that you commented. And thank you for the compliment!

  27. Hi, Talia. I really enjoyed your writers story. It’s amazing what influences us in our writing and sometimes we don’t realize it until we stop and analyze it. I’ve just recently started watching Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast. (I know, probably the last person in the world to get into these) I can’t say the show has influence on my voice but I’ve noticed they use the technique where every time there is a confrontation the character will choose the direct opposite of what the lead charter wants. So much so that it becomes predictable. Still, a good way to keep tension high.

    I’ll have to check out Veronica Mars.

    • Ha, Laurie, actually, Vampire Diaries is on my to-watch list, so you’re not …quite… the last person to get into it. In general, even if a show doesn’t resonate the way Veronica Mars did for me, I learn a lot from watching and deconstructing why it works. Well written TV is such a pleasure.

      (And that’s a good technique for conflict. Simple but effective.)

  28. Oberon Wonch says:

    Hi, Talia! Great post! I’ve never watched VM myself, but I hear about it a lot. I’ll have to give it a try. As a youngster, I started out writing adventure stories that involved traveling the globe because that’s what I read (Jules Verne, for example). Later, I wrote literary fic because that’s what I read. I thought that would be “respectable.” But I could never finish anything. I would get bored! And I started to realize the romantic and love relationship of my heroine always rose to the top as the important element for me. Big, sweeping adventure movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired me most as an adult, but it was still the romance between a hero and heroine that gripped me. When I turned to historical romance novels for pleasure reading, I discovered these were books that had it all–the adventure, the literary quality I appreciate, AND the love relationship. So I tried my hand at it, and here I am.

    • Oberon, that’s very cool and makes me want to read your books! I love sweeping adventures, though I could never write one. I’ll have to rely on other writers to supply them for me.

      Funny, that, about not finishing the literary manuscripts, and yet trying to do them because they’re respectable. Funny because it rings so true for me as well. It’s like we have this image of ourselves and our writing, and genre writing, especially romance, is just not as dignified. So we have to get past ourselves too, to admit that no, this is in fact what we like to do. (And here I am writing in the plural even though I’m really talking about myself. Ahem.) And yes. Here you are. Twice. 🙂

  29. April Bennet says:

    Hey Talia –

    I just re-watched Season 1 of VM and it was soooo good! Rob Thomas let terrible things happen to his characters and that was what made them sympathetic and compelling to me.

    I tend to gravitate towards gray characters, so my first crazy fangirl moment evah was reading Game of Thrones by George RR Martin back in 1998. I am a huge (and patient) fan and lurve Jaime Lannister even more than I love Logan Echols. However, I will say that what I read is not necessarily the same as what I write. Funny how that happens!

    VM had it all, teenage angst, romance, mystery, and the best father-daughter relationship on television. I see 0-1 movie per year, but I will definitely go and see what Rob Thomas has up his sleeve.

    • Hi April! I hadn’t thought about it, but you’re so right. He lets his story go really dark places sometimes, specifically in relation to the main characters, and it’s absolutely riveting. Now I’m going to have to rewatch too! Fun!

      I confess, I haven’t read or seen Game of Thrones. But I too love gray characters. So much more interesting! Tough to write, though.

      YES on the father-daughter relationship. Awesome. (And her relationship with her mother broke my heart.)

  30. Joanna Shupe says:

    Great post, Talia! I loved hearing about your journey.

    You must be super excited about that Kickstarter movie fund. 🙂

    I never watched VM, but thinking maybe I should. Netflix, here I come!

    • Hi Joanna! I was wary at first about a VM movie, but since reading what Rob Thomas has to say about it, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he does with the concept. Let me know if you do get a chance to watch the show. The first season is great!

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