I’m so happy to have Linda O’Connor on my blog today. She’s done something that I have never personally known anyone to do and leaves us at the end with a few words of wisdom.
Erin, thank you very much for having me today.
Two things I had always wanted to do were be an extra in a movie and dance in a flash mob. And last year, I had a chance to do both!
In August, Kingston filmmaker Anthony Mann shot the final scene of the Phantom of the Opera and put out the call for extras. He wanted a big crowd for the masquerade ball scene. We had to wear cocktail party attire and bring a mask. The filming took about three hours and was a lot of fun! We mostly socialized and enjoyed the food and refreshments. We did a bit of acting – gasping and looking with horror toward the sound of a scream – that was fun! For some takes, we had to pretend to talk, but mouth the words silently. I didn’t find that hard to do – I just figured that’s how I usually appear to my kids. If you look it up, I’m the one in the purple mask!
Last fall, The Grand Theatre in Kingston organized a flash mob to advertise a Sing-a-Long Sound of Music production, and I said sign me up! There were about eighty of us altogether. We met twice and the 2-minute routine was posted on YouTube so we could practice at home. I probably had to watch it about ten times – surprisingly complicated moves, but luckily short! The flash mob was held on Sept. 20 during the Princess Street Promenade when they close one of the main streets in Kingston to traffic. The song starts out with Maria’s traditional Do Re Me and then jumps into the energetic Jackson 5 ABC song. It was really fun to see the surprise on the faces in the crowd. And they had a draw for free tickets for the flash mob participants and I won! So I’ll be singing along to the Sound of Music on Saturday night (and maybe doing a little more dancing).
I’ve never acted and haven’t had any formal dance training, but that didn’t stop me from getting involved. There’s a saying: Do one thing every day that scares you. I don’t think it means get out there and be reckless. I think it means that life is a lot more fun when you’re not afraid to try something new!
Link to video of flash mob: I’m at the back right!
Perfectly Honest by Linda O’Connor
You never know where your words will take you…
When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor. Sam O’Brien, aka ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted. Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!
Click here for the video trailer and on the cover for the buy link.
I’ve been writing romance novels for three years and sincerely thank Debby Gilbert at Soul Mate Publishing for the ultimate encouragement to my writing – with the leap to publishing. I have many titles including Doctor, Mom, and proud Canadian, but “Linda O’Connor – hereinafter called the Author” on the SMP contract was one of the sweetest.
Contemporary romantic comedies are my favorite novels to read and write. I balance writing with my work as a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic and being a mom to three sons (luckily grown and capable of throwing together a decent meal, in a pinch). I also like to keep active and cycle, cross-country ski, skate, walk with my husband, or dance every day.
Laugh every day. Love every minute.
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Thank you so much Linda for visiting today. I can’t wait to read your latest release!