in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Free Library Adventure with a panel of three wonderful authors, Susan Meissner, Suzanne Redfearn, and Anne Girard.
Each of these three authors has written their own enchanting novel set in the illustrious world of Hollywood. The stars and glam of Los Angeles have enticed the public for decades, creating the perfect setting for unforgettable characters and page turning drama. In their books Susan, Suzanne, and Anne each draw on characters from history and the scandal & danger of the Hollywood lifestyle.
Join us on this Free Library Adventure for a discussion with these three authors on how they took inspiration from the same illicit stardom and draw of Hollywood, but also how they each crafted their own unique tale with that inspiration: from Jean Harlow to the set of Gone With the Wind to the dangers of child stardom.
About the Authors and Books
Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novel A Fall of Marigolds was named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014, and The Shape of Mercy was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church.
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard: When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take the reader on a journey to the past. It’s 1938 and Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Los Angeles after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, landing a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future.
Suzanne Redfearn was born and raised on the east coast, and moved to California when she was fifteen. She currently lives in Laguna Beach with her husband, their two kids, a Cockapoo named Cooper, and a cat named Motley. They own a restaurant in town called Lumberyard. Prior to becoming an author, Suzanne was an architect specializing in residential and commercial design. When not writing, Suzanne enjoys doing anything and everything with her family—skiing, golf, tennis, surfing, playing board games, and watching reality TV. She is an avid baseball fan. Her team is the Angels. She can also be found in the bleachers watching her kids’’ sports or prowling the streets with her husband checking out the culinary scene of Orange County.
No Ordinary Life: Faye Martin never expected her husband to abandon her and her three children...or that she’d have to struggle every day to make ends meet. So when her four-year-old daughter is discovered through a YouTube video and offered a starring role on a television series, it seems like her prayers have been answered. But when the reality of their new life settles in, Faye realizes that fame and fortune don’t come without a price. And in a world where everyone is an actor and every move is scrutinized by millions, it’s impossible to know who to trust, and Faye finds herself utterly alone in her struggle to save her family.
Diane Haeger, writing as Anne Girard, holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree in English Literature from UCLA. A chance meeting with the famed author Irving Stone 25 years ago sharply focused her ambition to tell great stories from history, and write them only after detailed research and extensive travel to the places her characters lived. That determination has provided a fascinating journey that has taken her from the halls of Chenonceaux, to a private interview with one of Pablo Picasso's last surviving friends, and most recently an invitation inside Jean Harlow's home.
Platinum Doll: In California, Harlean has everything a girl could want—a rich husband, glamorous parties, socialite friends—except an outlet for her talent. But everything changes when a dare pushes her to embrace her true ambition—to be an actress on the silver screen. With her timeless beauty and striking shade of platinum-blond hair, Harlean becomes Jean Harlow. And as she's thrust into the limelight, Jean learns that this new world of opportunity comes with its own set of burdens. Torn between her family and her passion to perform, Jean is forced to confront the difficult truth—that fame comes at a price, if only she's willing to pay it.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available soon at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, No Ordinary Life, and/or Platinum Doll to be delivered at the event.