In three weeks I will be in Charleston, South Carolina for a writers’ retreat my agent is holding for her authors. I’m excited because I love writers’ retreats, meeting and getting to know fellow authors, sharing our writing relating problems, as well as cheering for each other’s successes.
Courtney (my agent) has rented an amazing house right on the beach, Casa Margarita
Each room is themed and I have been assigned the Pig Pen. Now, I’m not going to take that personal, but Jenny, my friend and critique partner who also shares the same agent, has been assigned the Love Nest, featuring a mirror on the ceiling. Really I’m not jealous since that’s about the nicest pig pen I’ve ever seen.
But…yes, there is a but. Someone decided we should have a dress up like Madonna or David Bowie day. (I can’t remember who to blame for that, but I do know that Jenny has a serious thing for David Bowie, so I’m thinking that not only does she get the Love Nest, but she’s the reason I found myself shopping for Madonna costumes.)
Then someone mentioned the Sunfire Girls series, and that we could also pick one of them to dress up as. Who the devil were the Sunfire Girls? So off to Goggle I went. How did I not know about these girls who had fabulous adventures? Written in the 1980s by a group of authors, each book had two themes – history and romance, and each featured a teenage girl who experienced a particular event or period in American history. With a few exceptions, the girls were torn between two potential lovers, and each book title was the girl’s name. To this day, there are Sunfire Girls fan clubs, women who grew up reading the books and love talking about them.
Curious, I went looking for one. Since they’re out of print, I found some used ones and ordered Amanda because my friend, Jenny—did I mention she’s getting the Love Nest Room?—said that one was her favorite. After reading it, I didn’t have the desire to read all thirty-two books. If I had read them as a teen, however, I would have devoured them the way I did Nancy Drew.
After looking at all the covers, I decided for our dress up day, I’m going to be Roxanne, because I love the blurb about her.
Roxanne has come from a small town to Hollywood with one dream: to become a star. And she will do anything to succeed: change her looks, her name and her friends. She has to decide if she should succumb to John Randolph, the movie producer’s son, who can introduce her to all the right people. Or if she should follow her heart to Gary Marlowe, a glittering star who has eyes for all of the beautiful bit players and extras on set. But Roxanne knows she is not going to settle for being just another extra – to Gary or Hollywood…she’s going to have it all!
I bought a wig just like Roxanne’s hair, and it looks horrid on me, but that’s half the fun, right? It doesn’t show up well in the picture, but there’s a sparkly R on her pink sweater. I wasn’t going to bother with that, but my husband didn’t think I was getting in the right spirit of things, so he went shopping one day and came home with a large glittery stick-on R.
On dress up day, the house will be full of Madonnas and David Bowies and Sunfire Girls. Yes, I promise to take pictures!
A few highlights of Sandra’s life she fondly recalls are jumping out of a plane, flying upside down in a stunt plane, and riding her Harley in the mountains of Southern California and along the coast of Maine. Although those events in her life were great fun, nothing compares to the joy and satisfaction she gets from writing her stories.
You can connect with Sandra on Twitter @SandyOwens1 and Facebook at SandraOwens.94043. Her website is: www.sandra-owens.com