As you may know, I worked for Elvira for seventeen years. For the first eight, I was her stand-in and photo double. Then I became her road manager and spent every October by her side as we traveled the country for her personal appearances. It was an unexpected adventure in my life, but my life was full of them, as you’ll learn if you read my new book, The Opposite of Famous, A Hollywood Memoir.
And now Elvira herself has a memoir coming out! You can pre-order the book for a September delivery–that’s right, just in time for the Halloween season. I can’t wait to get my copy of Yours Cruelly, Elvira by Cassandra Peterson. It’s sure to be a great read.
I’m very excited to be the guest author for New Release Storytime on Romance in Her Prime on Facebook on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 9 pm EST. I’ll talk about and read from The Opposite of Famous LIVE. If you’d like to join the group, they love romance and feature books with heroines over 30. I hope to see you there!
The Writing Wall is featuring me this week as their writer of the week! My interview goes up on their blog today and on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 pm EST, my podcast interview will air on Anchor, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, and more.
Click here to read the interview. Here’s an excerpt I think you’ll like:
Supporting her writing and creative endeavors are her fanfiction family, and her friend and fellow author Thyra Dane. “We were each other’s beta readers when we wrote fanfiction and even hosted a contest together. She lives in Norway and I live in the U.S., but that never gets in the way of our friendship.”
So, yes, of course I talk about fanfiction! I hope you’ll check out the interview on The Writing Wall’s blog today and then listen to the podcast on the 27th.
The Kindle version of my memoir is up for pre-order on Amazon right here! As many of you know, I write nonfiction as Susan McNabb, so this one is under that name. It made sense to tell my real story with my real name.
If you enjoyed my Los Angeles fanfiction stories like Hair and Makeup, Runway, Universal, Blue Jean, and my Love in L.A. series, then I think you’ll like my memoir. And now you’ll know why I wrote so much about the entertainment business in Hollywood. I lived it!
Here’s the blurb:
A shy young woman traveled from North Carolina to Hollywood in 1984, and within a mere few decades, struggled and clawed her way up to become the opposite of famous.
Susan McNabb worked on thousands of jobs as a model, actor, and extra, as an assistant to casting, wardrobe, makeup, and finally, to Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Single well into her forties, McNabb rubbed elbows and other body parts with scores of interesting men, including Jerry Seinfeld for eight rocky years.
This hilarious collection of essays chronicles her adventures and a life of dogged persistence in a business that shows you the door more often than a path to success. Learn what it takes to work as a fashion model, a commercial actor, a film extra, and a butt double. And to build a rich life in which the journey is the real reward.
I hope you’ll give it a click on Amazon, and if you like it, some review crack as well. If it weren’t for the encouragement of my fanfiction readers and fellow writers when I started writing, I wouldn’t have gotten here. I never forget that.
I hope you enjoy the book! I post snippets on Saturdays on Instagram and Facebook so everyone can get a peek inside. I post on my Susan McNabb accounts as well as Suki McMinn, so feel free to follow me as either or both. As always, thank you for your love and support, my sweet fanfiction family.
As many of you know, I write nonfiction as Susan McNabb. That’s the name I was born with. Suki is my fanfiction name, and McMinn is my married name. (You can see why I didn’t hyphenate.) That’s why I’m Suki McMinn when I write fiction.
As Susan, I’m working on a collection of funny essays called TheOpposite of Famous, A Hollywood Memoir. If you’ve read Hair and Makeup, Runway, Blue Jean, Universal, or my Love Isn’t Easy series, then you’ve probably already guessed that I lived and worked in Hollywood. The stories in The Opposite of Famous are all true, and I hope they make you laugh.
I don’t have a launch date yet, so until that happens, I’ll be posting snippets on Saturdays. You can find them on my Instagram page too (as either Suki McMinn or Susan McNabb). I’ll also be announcing my progress in my newsletter. There’s an easy sign up at SukiMcMinn.com. I have multiple fiction projects in the works too, but it looks like The Opposite of Famous will be the next book I publish. I’m getting pretty darned excited about it!
As we get closer, I’ll be looking for ARC readers, so please let me know if you’re interested in that. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and put ARC reader in the subject line. Meanwhile, please enjoy the snippets!