Another opening….

by:  Joelle
I’ve had lots of opening nights.  Standing on stage behind the closed curtain
you can hear the buzz of the audience. 
The orchestra tunes up.  The
energy is electric.  No matter how many
rehearsals you’ve had or how well you know the show, there is a rush of
nerves.  A burst of adrenaline.  Under the excitement there is always the
worry that the show might not be ready for the audience – the press – the world. 
Then the curtain goes up. 
The orchestra plays and there is no time for doubts.  No time to worry about whether you’ll
remember your lines, lyrics or dance steps. 
The show starts and there is nothing to do but enjoy the ride.
The curtain is going up a week from today on my fifth
published novel – END ME A TENOR.  This
is the second of the Glee club mysteries.  Paige wants to make it big in the opera
world, but hasn’t yet snagged her big break. 
Until now!  A big name tenor is
headlining The Sing-A-Long Messiah and she has been cast as the soprano
soloist.  This could be her chance to
launch her career and officially end her tenure as the Prospect Glen Show Choir
coach.  Only things don’t go exactly as
planned and she is in danger of losing not only her big break, but her coaching
job as well. 

END ME A TENOR is perhaps my favorite of all the comedic
mysteries I’ve written.  Because Paige
spends part of the book in the world of professional performance, I found that
I put a great deal of my own experiences from the stage on the page.  The excitement.  The nerves. 
The hopes and worries that go along with knowing that you sometimes get
one chance to make an impression on not only the reviewers, but your
colleagues.  That perhaps despite all of
the practice you aren’t good enough to make it in the business.
Sounds a lot like writing, too, right?  Because with every opening curtain in the
publishing world, I feel those same emotions. 
The curtain goes up next Tuesday. 
I only hope that readers love Paige and the Music in Motion gang as much
as I love writing them.
And maybe if I’m lucky, the curtain will be allowed to come
up on this cast for many books to come. 
Paige and I would be happy to perform for as long as readers let us.

2 replies
  1. Linda Rodriguez
    Linda Rodriguez says:

    Hurray! Another show choir book! I love them and love Paige, as well. So looking forward to it. Happy opening night in advance, Joelle! I know it will be another smash hit.

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    I became a huge fan after I won a copy of your book "Skating on the Edge" on this sight. I have purchased several of your other books since then, and can't wait for this one to come out!!!!

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