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James Lipton and the Actors Studio did it for fun with the actors…..Now, I’m doing it for fun with the writers.
 
 
I’m excited.

Why?

Because this 30 Second Interview has a special place in my heart.

 
Stephen Collins is such an accomplished man, I hardly know where to begin….so, I’ll start at the beginning and whizz through to one of my favorites; Tales of the Gold Monkey.

In 1880, Greenback Party presidential candidate and the 1892 Populist Party (“People’s Party”) candidate for president, General James Baird Weaver would, some 67 years later, become a great-great-grandad.

 
Born  in 1947  in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Stephen Weaver Collins was the youngest of three brothers and an extremely shy child.
 
Stephen’s first love was baseball. He would later go on to get a high school batting average of 143. Then, with the Star Trek softball team, 301. But neither this, nor his love for music (he played bass guitar and rhythm guitar in a number of rock and roll bands), could deter the acting ‘bug’.

Stephen took to the stage and, with an acting award for his portrayal of Kilroy in “Camino Real“, was offered the small role of Valentine in “Twelfth Night“. Stephen graduated College an employed actor.

 
With approximately 25 years of theatre productions under his belt, and at 27 years of age, television knocked on Stephen’s door with The Michele Lee Show. He has never looked back . 

After much success with hit shows such as Charlies Angles, The Waltons, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Stephen landed the lead role of pilot Jake Cutter in Tales of the Gold Monkey. Set in 1938, the story revolved around a pilot who finds adventure while transporting cargo in his well-worn airplain, the Grumman Goose…..and in case you hadn’t noticed, is a massive favorite of mine.

But others may know Stephen more as Rev. Eric Camden from TV’s 7th Heaven, which ran for eleven seasons, until finishing in 2007.
 
To date, Stephen’s acting career has earned him many awards, including his portrayal of John F Kennedy in the miniseries  A Woman Named Jackie. He also has several directing credits to his name.
 
As an author, Stephen has written two novels. In 1994, Eye Contact was published by Bantam Press. This success was followed by Double Exposure in 1998, which was published by William Morrow.

In 2006 OttoPenzler’s Mysterious Books, an imprint of Warner Books, published Stephen’s ‘Water Hazard‘ as part of a short story mystery anthology, Murder in the Rough.
So, a musician, songwriter, actor, novelist, director, and poker player who qualified for the first tournament of Celebrity Poker Showdown in 2005….. I bet this 30 second interview has, by far, been the most challenging of Stephen’s life.
  
1.  What is your favorite word?  Yes
 
2. What is your least favorite word?   “Whatever” (used to stop a conversation)
 
3. What turns you on?   Humor
 
4. What turns you off?   Unwillingness to consider a different opinion
 
5. What sound do you love?   The sound of the crowd in the background of a baseball game on the radio

6. What sound do you hate?  Whining (especially my own)
  
7. What is your favorite curse word?   “Fuck.”
 
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?   The Law
 
9.  What profession would you not like to do?  Work for Monsanto
 
10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?   “Surprise!”
 
 
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When I walk into a bookstore, the first place I go is to the crime aisle. I love crime. I love the pace of it, I love the urgency of it, and I love the mystery of it.

So, as an avid crime reader, I thought I’d review ‘Behind You!’ by Linda Regan.

Behind You! was Linda’s 2006 debut novel. She has since written three more novels; her fourth book, Brotherhood of Blades, has just been released by Severn House.

So, what’s this book about?

Well, it revolves around a murder at a local theatre and D.I. Paul Banham is called in to solve it. Simple. What? You want more? No way! If I tell you anymore, I may as well tell you who done it.

I read this book with great interest. Not only was it a good story with an engaging plot but, because the author herself is an established actress, I got an insightful ‘behind the scenes’ look at what goes on in the world of acting.

I am a slow reader and, combine this with the fact that I only manage to read an hour or so a day (if I’m lucky), there are not many books I can confess to finishing in under two weeks. However, because Linda’s writing is so neat and effortless, Behind You! kept me hooked from the start and I finished it within six days. Not a record for me, but well below my average reading time.

So, what kept me interested?

Well , for one, it’s a good little story. It’s completely set inside a theatre and I found the further in I read, the more I began to know my own way around the back stage corridors and dressing rooms. Secondly, I loved the characters. D.I. Banham is a great protagonist with lots of baggage. And, fellow officer, Alison Grainger makes for the perfect love interest.

This book is sharp, sassy and humorous. A very good read from a very talented writer.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Would you like to read it?

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