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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, February 14, 2020

Suddenly by Warren Bull

Suddenly by Warren Bull

Public domain image

Les Misérables a novel by Victor Hugo was published in 1862. A French sung-through concept album by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg premiered at the Palais des Sports in Paris in 1980. The English-language West End theatre production opened at the Barbican Arts Centre on 8 October 1985. The subsequent Broadway production opened at the Broadway Theatre on 12 March 1987 and closed at the Imperial Theatre on 18 May 2003 after an amazing 6,680 performances.

Although there was interest in making a movie because of the tremendous success of the musical, plans for a film were passed through several studios with various directors and actors considered. Finally, in 2011 Eric Feller bought the film rights. The film was directed by Tom Hooper and scripted by William NicholsonAlain Boublil, who wrote the original French lyrics, Claude-Michel Schönberg, who wrote the music, and Herbert Kretzmer, who wrote the English lyrics.

Ann Hathaway. It also won four British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), including for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Hathaway. Additionally, it received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture (the first musical nominated since 2002's winner Chicago) and Best Actor for Jackman, and won three, for Best Sound MixingBest Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Supporting Actress for Hathaway.

Novel to concept album to musical in French. Followed by translation to English and musical to Broadway musical. Successful in every medium. It would have been simple and logical to go from stage show to film with as little alteration as possible but…

When the director read the book in preparation for the film, he realized that one piece of the complex plot was missing in the musical version of Les Misérables. To simplify, the novel begins when the convict Jean Valjean is released from a French prison after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving child. No one is willing to give him shelter or a job because he is an ex-convict. Desperate, Valjean knocks on the door of M. Myriel, a kindly bishop. Myriel treats Valjean with consideration, and Valjean repays the bishop by stealing the silver from the church. When the police arrest Valjean, Myriel covers for him, claiming that the silver was a gift. Valjean promises to becomes an honest man. He becomes a factory owner under an assumed name.
Fantine, abandoned by her wealthy lover when she becomes pregnant, leaves her daughter, Cosette, in the care of a family who agree to look after Cosette as long as Fantine sends them a monthly allowance. Fantine finds work in Valjean’s factory but her coworkers find out about Cosette. Fantine resorts to prostitution to make ends meet. When the police chief, arrests Fantine but Valjean intervenes, promising to send for Cosette. Javert tricks Valjean who, as an honest man, confesses his true identity. Fantine dies. Valjean is imprisoned again but he escapes and buys Cosette from the Thénardiers.
It is the in keeping of this promise that love to Valjean, as well as his accepting of fatherhood. From merely an honest man, Valjean becomes a loved and a loving man. He rescues Cosette. She rescues him from a life without love.  
On stage there was dialog:

Come, Cosette, come, my dear
From now on I will always be here
Where I go, you will be.
Will there be children
And castles to see?
Yes, Cosette,
Yes, it’s true
There’s a castle just waiting for you…

In the movie a song was added: Suddenly (for complete lyrics us the link below

The lyrics include:

Never more alone never more apart
You have warmed my heart like the sun
You have brought the gift of life and love
So long denied me. Suddenly I see
What I could not see. Something suddenly has begun.

The entire story is enriched and made more touching because of the willingness to take a chance and add an element that success might have hidden from people less dedicated to telling a compelling story.


Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Very sweet for Valentine's Day!

KM Rockwood said...

Les Mis is one of the great love stories of all time.

Susan said...

I’ve always loved this story!