This has been such a serious pick-me-up to an otherwise bleary-eyed how-much-caffeine-is-too much Hump Day. Check out this amazing Q&A with Flo Fitzpatrick, author of the amazing paranormal romance, Scarecrow’s Dream, out now!
What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?
August Rush (Jonathan Rhys Myers, Kerri Russell, Freddie Highmore)
Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour)
A Good Year (Russell Crowe/ Marion Cotillard)
The Lake House (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock)
and The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes/ Robin Wright.et al!)
Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).
August Rush: Favorite romantic scene happens when Jonathan and Kerri meet for the first time on a rooftop overlooking the arch in Washington Square Park and he sings a few lines from “It’s a Marvelous Night for a Moondance.” (I melt during this scene.) But the scene between Jonathan and his “son” Freddie Highmore playing guitar with each other without knowing the relationship is brilliant and immediately makes me cry. 🙂
Somewhere in Time: There’s not a bad scene in the entire film but I do love the montage when Christopher and Jane are wandering around the island, eventually rowing in a canoe, which is when Christopher hums the Rachmaninoff piece. (Couldn’t find the scene but here’s the trailer)
A Good Year: Russell Crowe and Marion Cottilard exchanging comments at her café when he confronts her about trying to drown him in the swimming pool and she counters with him running her off the road with his “leetle car.” After she shows him the bruises on her “derriere” and whirls around to go back into the kitchen, he absolutely beams as he says, “She’s fantastic!” ( Couldn’t find the specific scene but the trailer is great!)
The Lake House: I love the scene where they meet in 2004 and Keanu knows Sandra is the woman he’s been exchanging letters with but she has no clue he’s in her ‘future.” When they begin dancing with each other I find it hard not to yell at the DVD player, “Grab him now forever!”
Princess Bride: Way too many wonderful scenes (like Somewhere in Time there’s just not a bad moment) but If I have to pick only one favorite, I’d say Cary and Robin tumbling down the cliff as he yells, “As you Wish!” accompanied by lots of “Ouch’s” and “Oofs” . (a small scrap from the scene)
Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Alas Babylon by Pat Frank…it’s a hopeful, apocalyptic (yeah, there’s a paradox) sci-fi and I reread often because his mix of creating believable characters with a (hopefully) unbelievable plot is perfect. His ability to use dialogue to create those characters is masterful. And hey! It’s a cool plot!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee because it’s probably the best piece of American literature written in the 20th century and brings up so many emotions no matter how many times one reads it.
Madam, Will you Talk? by Mary Stewart. I have a hard time choosing between this one and This Rough Magic, both of which are favorites by Mary Stewart, but I actually still get tense reading this…I’ve read it so many times I’ve had to buy new copies more than once but I still wonder if she’ll make it to Marseilles without getting murdered. Stewart also did a beautiful job of making the reader connect with the characters.
Somewhere in Time (original title Bid Time Return) by Richard Matheson. Possibly one of the most original and romantic time travels out there. (And if I can’t bring the DVD and a player with me on whatever desert island I’ve been banished to with my five books, I can conjure up images of Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour while I read.) I’m immediately in the story…the writing is that good. And I believe the impossible.
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne DuMaurier. A sexy pirate and romance in Cornwall. What could be better? (Better would be an awesome remake of the film, which would have been wonderful if the character of Dona had been played by someone other than Joan Fontaine who always seems to come off as a wimp even when she’s playing a strong character.)
Who are your book boyfriends? (list a maximum of five) What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?
John Smith in Elizabeth Peters Vicky Bliss series is such a wonderful bad boy. Charming, charismatic, sneaky, a reluctant Robin Hood at times and always way too brilliant and funny.
Randy Bragg from Alas Babylon. He’s a survivor. Not afraid to get his hands dirty if the situation calls for it and not afraid to be the hero without making a big thing of it. Sexy without being obvious about it.
Gus Lang from The Emerald Illusion by Ronald Bass. Who couldn’t love an American double agent helping to rescue one of the “overlords” before D-Day? Charming and cunning and beyond brave… and ruthless in his dealings with the Nazis. (Ed Harris played Lang in the movie, entitled Code Name: Emerald and even though I read the book before I saw the movie, now when I re-read I visualize Mr. Harris…not bad!)
I think Shane Halloran from my latest release, Scarecrow’s Dream, shares qualities with all these “book boyfriends.” He’s a charmer and he’s smart, but he’s also loyal and a survivor. Can be a bit hot-headed at times but usually for good reason. He’s not afraid to take major risks and is heroic and brave without even realizing it.
Everyone has a favorite couple (an “OTP” in ‘shipping terms) in romance, whether in a romance book, movie, or television series. Who is your favorite couple, and why?
Sadly, my favorite couple was Will Gardner (Josh Charles) and Alicia Florrick (Juliana Margulies) in The Good Wife. I own the DVDs of seasons one through five and I still cry when they break up and I cry and am depressed for days when he dies. I honestly have no idea why I loved them as a couple…I’ve actually tried to figure it out hoping it would help me create an ideal couple in a book but there’s something out of reach as to the magic. And maybe that’s the answer…logic and answers and reason don’t have a lot of romance. Magic does.
FIRST ROMANCE (AKA My First Time)
What was the first romance novel you read?
Angelique by Sergeanne Golon
What do you remember about it?
I was fifteen when I read it and I remember being absolutely swept away into the France of Louis the Fourteenth. I could SEE it, I could smell it, I could hear it, could feel it.
What did you like most about it?
I loved the mix of history and romance and how well drawn and unique the characters were. My best friend in high school and I used to write what would now be considered fan fiction (we’d never heard the term back then) and add characters from some of our favorite TV shows and come up with VERY interesting story-lines. Sorry, that was a tangent.
What did you like least about it?
Killing off the hero (whom Sergeanne Golon DID bring back in the third book of the series!).
Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?
Yes. I still enjoy it but never have gotten that same sense of “being there.”
Darcy or Wentworth?
(bonus: who’s your favorite Darcy or Wentworth on screen?)
Darcy. Colin Firth
Rochester or Heathcliff?
Rochester. (Especially in film played by Toby Stephens.)
Spock or Kirk?
Sunrise or sunset?
(Don’t ever ask this question of a theatre person….now I’m singing Sunrise/Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof– which is quite a change from singing Hamilton along with the CD for the last two weeks!) Oh. There WAS a question, right? Answer is Sunrise.
Angst or humor?
Tea or coffee?
Tricky. I love coffee but also love a really good chai at really good Indian restaurants.
Wine or beer?
Can I choose a margarita instead?
Cake or pie?
Cake… unless it’s homemade peach cobbler, which is close to pie.
Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven?
Clean-shaven – except for moustaches.
Blue-collar or white collar?
Where do actors, musicians, or visual artists fit here?
Jeans or a suit?
Car or motorcycle?
Flo Fitzpatrick’s first attempt to enter the field of literature was a work of science fiction called “The Bug on the Wall.” It consisted of two sentences. “There was a bug. It was on the wall.” She was five at the time, so perhaps the brevity of this piece was understandable.
She grew more adventurous and at age eight wrote two chapters of what was intended to be a full-length novel entitled, “The Skinner Family goes to Ireland.” The plot consisted of the Skinner family heading over to Ireland to visit their Aunt Donna who lived on a potato farm and owned a swimming pool. Flo’s older brothers, twins, were somewhat skeptical that the Skinners would make it to Ireland traveling across the Atlantic from New York to London by train. (Flo has since pointed out that the English Channel now boasts an underwater transportation system leading from England to France and that she was just ahead of her time.)
She earned a B.F. A. in Dance and an M.A. in theatre, then spent her years after college shuttling back and forth from New York to her native Texas working as a dancer/singer/actress, teaching dance and acting, and choreographing for various theatres and community colleges. During her career in theatre, Flo has played nice ladies (Nellie-South Pacific), not-so-nice ladies (Lily St. Regis-Annie), funny ladies (Jane-Fallen Angels) singing ladies (Cherie -Bus Stop), dancing ladies (Vibrata – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) and even dead ladies (three murdered hookers in Jack the Ripper!) The last, she claims, was tough. She had to spend the first ten minutes of the show lying on the floor not breathing. Flo still loves wacky characters both on and off stage.