The Debs are proud to welcome author Diana Orgain as our guest this week. Diana holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, with a minor in acting. Diana’s plays have been produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouses Productions, and PlayGround in San Francisco. Bundle of Trouble is her first mystery novel. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their children.
First off, thank you to the Debs for letting me get my two cents in about Oprah. I am a mother of three (my oldest is a girl, five, then two boys, two and 6 months). This week, my debut mystery, Bundle of Trouble: A Maternal Instincts Mystery was released by Berkley Prime Crime.
Can I even tell you how much I love Oprah? Can I even tell how much I would LOVE to be on Oprah’s show? And I should be. Of course, I should be.
Why, you ask?
Okay – here goes. We all know Oprah loves books and she’s always saying that being a mom is the hardest job in the world. So…not only am I a mom – but I wrote a book about it.
Bundle of Trouble is about a new mom who turns PI, and throughout the book I juxtapose the baby development with the protagonist development as a PI. The book has all the makings of an Oprah pick:
1. It’s funny
2. It’s a mystery
Solves world hunger
4. Showcases a strong woman
5. She’ll love it (really!)
I’m big into visualization, too – so, see – I can see myself on Oprah. Really. Here, I’ll show you:
I come out on the stage. Oprah hugs me and tells me how much she loved the book. Then we sit in the fancy chairs, and I wave at my family out in the audience.
The camera pans to my family. My husband is looking dapper, holding our baby and smiling. The baby is in a matching outfit with his brother who is…uh oh…is his mouth open and screaming? (Yes – see, he’s two – they do that at two – scream out in the loudest voice possible in the most inappropriate ways.) But it’s a happy scream until his sister, who is sitting next to him (looking gorgeous, of course), clamps her hand over his face. Which causes kicking… my husband is frowning now, the baby squirming in his arms.
Oprah cuts to commercial.
Hmmm. Maybe I need to rethink the whole visualization thing.
Yes, yes – the kids can wait in the green room. Can’t they? I’m sure they have staff… or a babysitter or something, right?
Well, no worries. I’m sure the very talented people at Harpo Studios can figure out how to handle a two-year-old.
In the meantime, I’ll keep writing.
I’d love to hear from you – let me know what your top 5 reasons you should be on Oprah are.
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