Kathryn Leigh Scott, best known for creating the role of Josette Du Pres, vampire bride to Barnabas Collins in the classic TV show “Dark Shadows,” is also an author and publisher. Her second novel, Down and Out in Beverly Heels (Montlake Romance), has just released and has gotten great reviews from PW, Kirkus and Booklist. On the surface, this breezy chicklit melange of romance and mystery featuring a resourceful protagonist on the downside of a long acting career, belies a gritty realism: the “homeless but hiding it” women who silently populate affluent communities like Beverly Hills.
Kathryn also co-wrote and published the nonfiction Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood and the fictional Dark Passages. In addition, she wrote The Bunny Years (Simon & Schuster), a 25-year history of the Playboy Club told through the stories of women who worked as bunnies. As the founder of Pomegranate Press, she publishes a wide range of entertainment and industry books.
I’m currently reading Killer Ratings by my good friend Lisa Seidman, who is both a fiction and television writer, including stints on “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest.” She’s a great storyteller and I love the behind-the-scenes veracity she brings to this tale of intrigue and murder at a television studio.
I’m also reading The Romanov Cross, a new historical thriller by Robert Masello that’s just come out in hardcover. He’s a wonderful writer and I’m eager to get into his latest story!
One of my favorite recent reads is The Chaperone, a novel by Laura Moriarty about a Midwestern housewife who accompanies teenage Louise Brooks to New York for a summer that changes both their lives.
I’m also reading Radiation by Robert Peter Gale, M.D. and Eric Lax about what it is and what you need to know. Eric is an old friend and wonderful writer who always comes up with fascinating subjects.