Burnett describes his legal mystery, The Past Never Ends, as "James Lee Burke meets Erle Stanley Gardner somewhere in Oklahoma."... more »
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I love Donizetti's lyricism. But I tend to go for the comic operas. Otherwise, I end up crying through the whole thing. I spent too many years as an actor working on making my emotions accessible. I hear certain chords of music and the waterworks begin. Which is great, but it can be embarrassing if you're with a date or an acquaintance. I'm the same with old Ray Price recordings.
My day job is writing incredibly boring oil and gas manuals and training materials, which I try to spice up, and of course have to take out all the fun. But currently I'm working on a cozy mystery about a theater actress in Houston (I spent 20 years in Houston theater before becoming a Tech writer). She struggles with several jobs to make ends meet and goes to an interview for a writing job at a magazine, only to discover that she's being interviewed by the hot guy she met at the party after her play. She lands the job, but while she's trying to figure it out, she also lands in the middle of a murder investigation. I'm having great fun. Just finished the first complete draft, doing rewrites. Reading lot of manuals on structure, as you can tell from some of my posts.
I love James Lee Burke and you can't go wrong with Erle Stanley Gardner. I'll have to check out your book.
Puccini or Donizetti? I used to work for HGO.
Thank you. Most people seem to like it. I'm a Puccini fan. I've wondered, if he knew how beautiful "Nessun Dorma" would turn out, would he have made it longer? Alas.