On Friday, I watched Crazy Heart. The book-turned-movie is adapted from a novel of the same name by Thomas Cobb.
This is not a feel-good flick. It is gritty, sometimes ugly and very real. Jeff Bridges plays a washed-up, over-the-hill, alcoholic, overweight, chain-smoking country music singer/songwriter. Bridges' character is on the road, playing to small crowds in sub-par venues and staying in cheap hotels,when he meets a pretty journalist played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The two form an instant connection that quikcly turns to love. Bridges character also strongly bonds with Gyllenhall's young son, who is in need of a male role-model. All does not goes smoothly as Gyllenhall discovers that an alcoholic is not easy to love, especially when you have an impressionable child.
The acting and writing are superb! Bridges and Gyllenhaal are multi-dimensional characters. They are both filled with pain, but hope for better tomorrows. In the end, both characters get their better tomorrow; but not without some loss along the way.
Fatal Foodies is a group of mystery writers and food lovers. We'll be reviewing food-related cozy mysteries, posting recipes, commenting on writing-related subjects, and announcing book signings and other events. We might even host some contests and/or giveaways.
I'm a full-time freelance writer, editor and author living in Virginia. I have a terrific husband and two wonderful children who are, by the way, boy/girl twins. I love writing, reading, baking, cake decorating and, sometimes, needle crafts. I prefer almost instant gratification with my needlework, though. I have a cross-stitch picture I've been working on for years; but in the meantime, I've finished several pieces that can be done in an afternoon.
My cozy mystery MURDER TAKES THE CAKE is scheduled for release by Bell Bridge Books in October of 2008. My heroine in MURDER TAKES THE CAKE has her own site. Check it out at Daphne's Delectable Cakes. I also have a Squidoo lens for Freelance and Novel Writing; so, if you're a writer, surf on over to that page.
I'm a stay-at-home mom/writer/food fanatic in Fall Branch, TN. My two novels, Secrets, Lies, and Pies & Cheaters, Pies, and Lullabies, are published by Mountain Girl Press.
Marian Allen has had short stories appear on the labels of coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant. Many of her stories involve food, although she is not, as her youngest daughter claims, obsessed. She is not. She is currently working on a novel with recipes in it, which she'll finish if she can stop cooking and eating long enough to write. Short stories and recipes are available for free on her website, http://marianallen.com/.