WELCOME MARY ELLEN,TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY…
Mary Ellen Dennis
Interview, author of The Greatest Love on
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Former singer/actress and perennial rule-breaker Mary
Ellen Dennis is the author of several award-winning historical romance novels
and culinary mysteries and is growing her audience for both. She is married to
novelist Gordon Aalborg (aka Victoria Gordon), whom she met online through a
writer’s group; they live on Vancouver Island. She has two books in stores this
month, released by Sourcebooks Casablanca: The Greatest Love on Earth—set in
the exotic world of a 19th century circus and sweeps readers into death-defying
feats, dangerous rivalries, and a love that has all the thrills and romance of
the greatest show on earth., and a reissue of The Landlord’s Black-Eyed
Daughter: A fast-paced and passionate retelling of the story of two
timeless lovers who would die for each other. If only they didn’t have to. This
gorgeous romance gives the poem a whole new depth and a happy ending. For more
information, please visit www.maryellendennis.com.
MBA: What made you decide to write a historical romance pertaining to the circus?
MED: My dad was good friends with Emmett Kelley, one of the most famous clowns in history.
He would appear smack-dab in the middle of a huge spotlight, a sorrowful, white, upside-down smile dipping toward his chin. In his clown hands he’d carry a broom and dustpan. He’d step outside
the spotlight and start sweeping it into a smaller circle. Then, smaller.When the spotlight was no bigger than a dinner plate, he’d sweep it into his dustpan. To me, a little kid, it was magic! My heroine, Calliope Kelley,is named for Emmett Kelley.
MBA: How did you choose this setting? Why?
MED: HOW:The seed for my circus theme was planted when I researched my generational saga, Heaven’s Thunder, and learned that the circus had visited Colorado Springs in the early 1900s. A big circus. With elephants! And what was then called a cameleopard (giraffe). Curiosity piqued, I began to research traveling circuses. Although no one circus is the basis for The Greatest Love on Earth, P.T. Barnum’s comes close.
WHY: I believe life is akin to a circus. Life is full of strange, funny, and amazing things. The circus is quirky, sparkly, fascinating and scary. Just like life, a circus can sometimes be dangerous. Just like life, a circus is lots of fun. Plus, I hadn’t read any historical romances set in a circus before.
MBA: Can you tell our readers any tidbits on your upcoming project(s)?
MED: I’m working on a romantic suspense called Gypsy Rose Lieberman, about a Vaudeville
ghost who was—oops—sawed in half by her magician husband. She lives “Up There,” or as John Belushi calls it, “Corpses R Us.” Think: Ghost meets The Lovely Bones. Gypsy’s (live) counterpart lives “Down There.” Can you guess how they communicate?
And I’m almost finished with the first draft of an historical romance, The Midnight Bridge.
While traveling to London, my heroine’s, coach is held up by a highwayman named “Conky Blue.” His real name is Trev Kendal, he’s a Cambridge law student, and he robbed the coach to win a wager (he returns the stolen goods). He’s also the adopted son of self-proclaimed Texas emperor, Michael Kendal. When my heroine leaves England to join her uncle’s household, she’s dismayed to find herself
falling in love with Trev, who is now Michael’s lawyer. Because even though she’s never seen his face, she loves Conky Blue…
MBA: Do you feel any deep connections to Brian or Calliope? Why?
MED: Brian is everything I’ve always looked for in a man—and found with my husband, novelist Gordon Aalborg, aka Victoria Gordon. I met Gordon on-line through an authors’ loop. We decided to collaborate on a romantic suspense and fell in love, sight unseen. Here I must admit that you’ve
never been romanced until you’ve been romanced by a romance author. In three months we’ll celebrate our 11th anniversary.
I feel a deep connection to Calliope because I love horses. I’d ride my horse Arapaho bareback, and Calliope is a bareback rider. It was fun to describe her circus act, which included a jump through a hoop of fire. In one part of the book she faces a cage full of angry lions and tigers, but
I’ll let you see for yourself how she escapes 🙂
MBA:Tell our readers if you can something about yourself that most people don’t know?
MED: I tried out for a Broadway production of Bye, Bye Birdie. I made all the singing callbacks. Unfortunately, they asked me to dance (I have two left feet). So,instead, I did The Fantasticks at a
summer dinner theatre in Wisconsin. All summer, 7 nights a week. To this day,when I look up at a cloudy sky, I sing “Soon it’s gonna’ rain.”
MBA: What advice would to give to any aspiring authors?
MED: Never give up. If you drop a dream, it breaks.
An aspiring writer needs the following “tools”:
2] A loner’s temperament.
3] An unhealthy preference for the
company of people who are imaginary or dead.
And be careful about a character dropping his or her eyes. They could get stepped on.
MBA: What relaxes you after a long day?
MED: Walking my chocolate Labrador retriever, Magic, in a nearby park. Magic likes to play tennis. If she could hold a racquet, she’d win Wimbledon.
THE GREATEST LOVE ON EARTH
MARY ELLEN DENNIS
Set in the exotic world of a 19th century circus, Dream Dancer sweeps readers into deathdefying feats, dangerous rivalries, and a love that has all the thrills and romance of the greatest show on earth.
Bold, beautiful star equestrian Calliope Kelley has two passions in life: her father’s circus and daredevil animal tamer Brian O’Connor. When the circus is destroyed by fire and Brian disappears, Calliope changes her name and becomes engaged to another man. But then Brian returns and everything in Calliope’s new life goes topsy-turvy…
again and again. Calliope and Brian are faced with hard decisions while one believes the other abandoned them and the other believes one is dead.They move on with their lives,work through the pain and hurt.This is a fast paced story full of romance,sweet sensuality,love,the circus,circus
people,decept,deception,danger,drama,fate and destiny.You won’t want to miss reading “The Greatest Love On Earth”.It is a must read and a keeper.This author has done it again with this exciting romance that takes place in a circus.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher.Details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca,an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc.