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March 10, 2015

author DC Thome is pretty crazy-he has a *collection* of polar fleeces! #authorinterview #MFRWorg #RLFblog

The Plotting Princesses welcome crazy man, 
DC Thome. 
Let's get to know more:

I live in Wisconsin. I’ve been a journalist, a screenwriter and a novelist. At some point or another, my wife Mary Jo has been my editor for all three media.

Favorite movie: It’s a Wonderful Life.
Favorite book: Goodnight Moon.
Last book read: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Favorite color: Grey, but people find that weird, so orange. 
Stilettos or flip-flops: On who?
Coffee or tea: Coffee. 
E-book or paperback: E-book. 
Pencil or pen: Pencil. 
Favorite song: Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi
Streak or not: Sure. 
Favorite dessert: Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.
Champagne or gin: Champagne. 
Paranormal or Historical: Paranormal.
Ginger or Mary Ann: Mary Ann. 
Favorite TV show: Gilligan’s Island. 
Hot or cold: Hot.
POV: Third-person. 
I'd die if I don't have: My collection of polar fleeces.

 In San Fernando Dreams, a disillusioned movie starlet finds herself falling in love with a twin—but which one?

Excerpt from San Fernando Dreams:

Douglyss checked out the menu. It was loaded with the kind of food no one in L.A. ate anymore: cheeseburgers, tuna melts, club sandwiches, beef au jus and deep-fried breaded mushrooms. Easy to see why no one comes here.

“Hello,” said a voice above her. Douglyss jumped. “Aren’t you that pretty girl from that movie about glasses?”

Douglyss looked up to see the handsomest young man she had ever seen. Haloed in light from the front window, he was slim and tall, his chiseled jaw accentuated by a rugged layer of scruff that matched his unkempt heather brown hair. He extended his hand to her. “Branagh.” said Larry.

I knew you were hot, but not this hot. Looking into Larry’s ocean-blue eyes, she didn’t notice his hand. Instead, she shimmied to the end of the bench.

“Please,” Larry said, “that’s not necessary.” He sat on the opposing bench and smiled.

Douglyss didn’t see his smile, though; she still focused on his eyes. Intense, but gentle, too. Deep and…dreamy. She shook herself out of it. “Dreamy?” WTF? 

“This is an…interesting…place,” Douglyss said. Oh, my god, what a stupid-ass thing to say. Why is my brain turning into mashed potatoes and gravy?

Larry looked around. “It’s the most unpretentious place I know of.” He looked her in the eye. “So…real.”

Find San Fernando Dreams at: Amazon

Find DC Thome at: Website    Email

Hey, DC, we'd like to see that collection of polar fleeces. LOL. Thank you for being with us today!


Kathy Ivan said...

Hi DC and Welcome to the Plotting Princesses. Very interesting interview, especially the polar fleeces. Right about now we here in Texas wish we had a collection of those, since the weather can't decide if it wants to be hot or cold. LOL

Intriguing excerpt which has my head spinning with all the potential. Great job.

Melissa Keir said...

Great cover. Thanks for sharing with us! I wish you all the best!

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, DC and welcome. Polar fleeces--really? I guess in the far northern regions, you need those. Is a thawing in sight?

Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome, DC. Loved the excerpt. Curious about why you mentioned his hand. guess I;ll have to go download the book to fine out!!

Angela Adams said...

"Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce" -- sounds yummy. Can you share the recipe?

Dave Thome said...

Thanks, everyone.

Kathy and Vicki--I was in Dallas last month, and it was 80 degrees on three straight days! I sat on my brother-in-law's deck and worked on my WIP, and returned to Wisconsin with a tan. It was 11 when I got off the plane in Milwaukee, so I was glad I had my heather green fleece on--and my parka waiting in the trunk of my car. And, yes, Vicki, it's been warm enough for me to ride my bike on the bluffs of Lake Michigan the past three days--as long as I wear the olive fleece with black arm stripes that I use only for bike riding when it's below 50.

Melissa--Thanks for commenting on the cover. I couldn't believe how much that model looked like Douglyss when I saw her on Shutterstock. (BTW, Taylor Momsen of the band The Pretty Reckless also looks a lot like Douglyss.)

Liz--In this scene Larry, pretending to be his movie-star brother Branagh--extends his hands to shake hands with Douglyss. Not really a spoiler alert--another physical feature of Larry's mentioned in the scene turns out to be a very big deal in the plot.

Dave Thome said...

And here's the recipe:

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
5 large eggs, room temp, separated
3⁄4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1⁄2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease 9" springform pan with 1 tablespoons of butter, dust with flour.

In metal bowl over double boiler, melt remaining butter and chocolate, remove from heat
Use mixer to beat yolks together with sugar and vanilla.

Beat whites and salt together until stiff.

Fold chocolate mixture into yolk mixture a little at a time.

Fold in egg whites.

Pour into springform pan.

Bake 40 minutes until spongy.

Remove from oven, remove springform, cool completely.

For the sauce, we usually just mix raspberries with a little water and boil them until they're a thick sauce. You can add a little sugar, too, or use canned sauce or pie filling, or use the raspberries whole and uncooked.

(Note: In my household, I cook food, Mary Jo bakes. I hate having to use measuring cups and spoons; she needs to use every item in our kitchen to make dinner for two people.)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hey, Dave! You should have hollered and we could have treated you to lunch!

I'm saving the recipe.

Dave Thome said...

I guess I didn't know I had so many friends in Dallas! I'll be back.

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