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by Betty Dravis

1. terry cowboyLike most women I know, cowboys top my list of “favorite male hunks.”

The first movie cowboy I ever saw was Gene Autry, the singing cowboy of my youth. Then in my heyday, my all-time favorite and life-long “crush” Clint Eastwood rode into my life. And now there is Scott Eastwood, star of the blockbuster movie The Longest Ride… and Terry G. Reed.

“Who,” you might ask, “is Terry G. Reed?” Well, before I tell you a little about this Los Angeles actor–born in Ohio but spent most of his adult life in Tennessee–here is a photograph that captured my eye. If you can look past the man, don’t you just love his shirt? I wish they would bring this style back.

Terry G. Reed is a SAG-AFTRA actor who will play the role of Russell Rawlings in the coming TV series Big Sky. Rawlings is a rancher who is running for mayor. Big Sky has a huge cast with many of my Florida friends playing various roles. (I just learned yesterday that another of my California actor friends, Tia Barr, has also been added to the cast.) From all I have read and seen, Big Sky should be a big hit. Here is the link to the edited reel that helped Terry land the role: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD69BCOnA7Y&sns=em

6. Terry G. Reed for Big Sky Banner

After seeing Terry’s demo and pictures, what do you think, ladies? He sounds and looks like a force to be reckoned with, in my opinion.

In real life, Terry is not a cowboy, but that’s how I see him and most likely will always think of him that way. However, since he plays business and bad-boy roles with equal ease, I doubt if he’ll get type-cast. But being type-cast as a cowboy is not a bad thing… On the contrary, take Clint Eastwood, for example. In addition to cowboys, Eastwood played roles from detectives to radio disc jockeys, but what image pops into your head when his name is mentioned? That’s right: a handsome, rugged, sexy cowboy!

Terry’s IMDb lists many former roles, from coroner, assassin to pro baseball scout. Just to name of few of his movie roles, Terry was a security chief in Rejourer (2011); a school principal in Truly Blessed (2009); and in In Da Cut he played the role of Kelly. He has an impressive list of TV credits, also. A few examples: The role of coroner in Howard Hughes Revealed; in The World’s Astonishing News TV Series, he played Joannie’s father in The Joannie Rochette Story; the part of Ray Kitchen in Eaten Ali3. terry closeup my faveve; Killer Bears episode; and a security and pit boss in Las Vegas. The list goes on…

In addition to his cowboy role in TV’s Big Sky—which I am personally anticipating—Terry has two films in pre-production: Dolphin’s Song and Cowgirl Romance.

Terry is a songwriter and guitarist. In case you’d like to hear some of his music, following are links to a few of his videos. He wrote the songs in some of his videos, plays guitar on others.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_hHTPfnpOY

One of my favorites is Grant’s Lullaby that he wrote for his son:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmg0w8XqLcA&sns=em

Terry has a good sense of humor, so it isn’t surprising that he can now laugh when recalling that for a TV role he once had to cry around twenty-three times in a two-day period. He said after that, he never wanted to cry on set again. He learned the hard way–on a shoot–that yellow jackets are attracted to fake blood.

5 facebook_1438038295931Coincidentally with this cowboy theme, Terry was encouraged as an actor by popular cowboy star Clint Walker and Bill McKinney who fought both Eastwood and John Wayne in the movies.

Since Terry’s coming role in Big Sky set my mind on a cowboy “tangent,” I asked my agent at Reel World Talent LLC and several popular authors to say a few words about cowboys who stood out in their memories.

Author Mary Lou Cheatham Recalls
Saturday Afternoon Matinee Cowboys

Roy-Rogers_1424127c“Back in the fifties in Taylorsville, Mississippi, my friends and I went to the Melroy Theater on Saturday afternoons to see the Westerns. I loved Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. I thought about them all week. Gene Autry was a favorite too. Back then I thought all cowboys were singers.”

Author Loretta Wheeler Chose Audie Murphy

audie murphy“I was asked to write a little something about my favorite cowboy. Being from Texas, of course, that didn’t seem a very difficult request. But, my take on it will probably make a few scratch their heads and say ‘Who?’ And then, ‘Why him?’

“The cowboy that sticks in my mind from way back is Audie Murphy. Here’s a short bio of him, followed by my reasons for choosing him:

“‘Audie Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. At the age of nineteen, Murphy received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.’

“After the war, Murphy became a popular movie star, often portraying cowboys. So, dig through Netflix and find one of his old cowboy movies, fix yourself a bowl of popcorn, and sit back and watch a man portraying all the things we hold dear in cowboys, and know that he embodied those qualities in his “real” life too.”

Author Joanna Lee Doster Chose Clint Walker

clint walker“I just discovered and have begun watching Cheyenne with Clint Walker. I love the show. He is always honorable and always seeks justice. He takes off his shirt in almost every episode. He is the strong and silent type but he always saves the day. Six feet, six inches makes him the record champion. In 1969, New York Times film critic Howard Thompson, in reviewing Walker’s performance in the movie More Dead Than Alive, described the actor as ‘a big, fine-looking chap and about as live-looking as any man could be. And there is something winning about his taciturn earnestness as an actor, although real emotion seldom breaks through.’ In 1958, Thompson described the actor, then starring in Fort Dobbs, as ‘the biggest, finest-looking Western hero ever to sag a horse, with a pair of shoulders rivaling King Kong’s.’”

Michael McGregor of Reel World Talent LLC
Likes Singing Cowboys

“My favorite Cowboy…. hmmm…. I have two actually; both cowboys who sing. The first is Kenny Lee of the great state of Tennessee, and the second is Don Allen of the Gold Coast of Australia. Kenny Lee just finished producing Don Allen’s latest CD and I had the pleasure of listening to it on Kenny’s computer while he and Don cut-up and joked around. It was a great evening of friendship and witnessing amazing talent by both Kenny and Don!”

Terry G

Now, that I have, hopefully, intrigued you and gained a few more fans for Terry’s long list, why not meander on over to his Facebook page and invite him to be your friend. Also check out some of his old films to see him in action and follow him in Big Sky when it’s released. His shoulders might not be as huge as Clint Walker’s, but he’s long and lean like Clint Eastwood (or even Gary Cooper)… and he cuts a “mighty fine figure” in the role of rancher Russell Rawlings.

Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/terrygreed9?fref=ts:

Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) link:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2744358

Another film, scene from Crime Investigation role:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZC6gwoKxzA&sns=emsoccerforme@sbcglobal.net

The Dames of Dialogue and our readers wish Terry huge success in his acting career. We love your cowboy persona. But whatever the role, as you ride off into the sunset–as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans always sang–“Happy trails to you…”

7 Terry film reels by fan Wendy J. Willett

Graphic made for Terry by fan Wendy J. Willett

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CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Betty, as one of the Dames and a fan, I’ve been thrilled at the attention your books are receiving. And now the good news that two short stories are being made into movies! Can you tell us about that?

BETTY DRAVIS: Thanks, Christy, for your ongoing interest in my books and now my short-films. I’m glad you’re Betty Dravis in black hatasking about my short-films. I’m so excited… I have fulfilled every author’s dream in getting some of my works into film. I was delighted when Mina Ownlee, actor and founder of KPF Productions of Orlando, Florida, offered me a contract to do a short-film of The Snack, one of my three offerings in a horror anthology titled Six-Pack of Fear. As you know, the renowned paranormal author, Barbara Watkins, is my co-author on that book.

Word around the Net spreads fast and when several more production companies began inquiring about my other works, I was over the moon… The first offer fell apart when the producer was in a serious auto accident, but then I signed another contract with Suniil, In Transit Productions, actor and founder of Hollywood, California, who has won awards for his first two short-films. He is going to short-film my humorous adventure Uncle Herman’s Harem, which debuted in Best Short Stories of 2005.

And that’s not all: I also have offers for two feature films to be made from my longer works, but no contracts yet, so can’t go into detail on them… I’m keeping my fingers crossed and praying. I think you know that I’m a huge advocate of short-films, but a feature film has always been my big dream.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Do you have a release date for either one?betty dravis.the shack 2

BETTY DRAVIS: Your timing is perfect, Christy. Producer Ownlee just released the DVD of The Snack last week and it has already gone global with sales in New Zealand and Canada. That’s unusual because usually the premiere (or first screening) traditionally comes before the DVD. But a number of problems arose on the set during production, which caused such long delays that Mina and I agreed to put the DVD out as soon as possible. Our friendly fans were getting impatient to see how Mina adapted my story and what my unending hype was all about. I’m happy to report that the first week’s sales exceeded our expectations and we’re hoping work spreads fast…and far. Thanks to you, we will now reach even more people via your gracious and numerous Dames of Dialogues readers. We sincerely appreciate your interest.

As for my second short-film, Uncle Herman’s Harem, Producer Suniil Sadarangani is aiming for mid-to-late 2015. He’s busy putting together the package for his first “passion”: making a feature film of his current short-film In Transit. That was his first short and he achieved phenomenal results by having it nominated for a nomination to the Academy Awards last year. In Transit and his second short-film Blind both won awards. Suniil informed me he is tying my Uncle Herman’s Harem in with the coming In Transit packaging, which is good news for me.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Tell us about the actors who are playing roles in these films.

BETTY DRAVIS: I’m very pleased with the actors in The Snack; they all come from Florida since KPF studio is located there. The main lead is a newcomer to acting, Brian Mason, who plays the part of father Mike Kirby. I’ve shown betty dravis. the snackthis film to several Hollywood directors and all agree he handles his role with believable drama and “shows a lot of potential.” KPF founder, Mina Ownlee (stage name simply Mina) plays the role of mother Michelle Kirby. Mina has been acting since childhood in The Bronx and gives her usual stellar performance. Makaylee Rinaldo plays the important role of the child Cayla who is in danger from paranormal forces. Since her father is Kelly D. Weaver, a popular Florida film producer, and her mother, Amy Rinaldo, serves in numerous film capacities, Makaylee has many film credits. Next we come to the fourth main lead: Cindy Long plays the role of Morning Star and she’s an acclaimed actress with many credits from Disney to TV. Look for her in two big features coming in 2015: S.O.U.L. directed by the legendary Armand Mastroianni and Big Sky, coming soon to prime-time TV.

Then there is the cute teen-ager, Romanita Collazo, who plays the part of Roma Star. This is her very first acting job and she leaves a fine impression. In addition, cameo roles are played by Amy Rinaldo and Bonnie Cobb who play the detectives. I’m so impressed with all of them…

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: And ala Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock, will you have a cameo role?

BETTY DRAVIS: Hahaha, Christy… I am such a ham, years ago I would have loved that, but due to my advanced age,betty dravis. the snack characters I might not even be able to make it to Florida for the premiere/screening. Mina is setting that up at the present time. However, I have arranged through a long-time producer friend for a premiere in Hollywood’s famous House of Blues. This is part of the Innovative of West Hollywood Film Festival. My producer friend is Martin DeLuca, the founder of WHFF. I won’t be attending that either, but I hope to have representatives at both events.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: You’re receiving attention from celebrities – several of whom you’ve interviewed here at Dames of Dialogue and in your books Dream Reachers I and II. You’ve developed friendships with many of these celebrities and I wonder if you’ve ever had a negative experience with one (no need to name names!).

BETTY DRAVIS: No serious negative experiences, but I can think of three minor issues. One interview subject disagreed with my co-author over interview rights and pulled her interview from the first book, then opted back in for the second Dream Reachers. Another woman that I interviewed presented a minor problem when she made my job take much longer than it should have; she called on the phone, wanting to change too much text while adding over 2,000 words to the space we had allotted her. The third thing I recall could have been a little more serious; one person mentioned by a Hollywood celebrity didn’t like what she had said about him, so I obliged him by taking it out. All three of us ended on an amicable note, so it worked out and we are still friends to this day.

bettydravis.snackcharctersCHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Will there be a third Dream Reachers?

BETTY DRAVIS: Due to the amount of work involved with each interview, sorting through photographs and all that’s involved in book production, I doubt it, Christy. My co-author Chase Von and I worked till three in the morning for four or five months putting those books together. It was a labor of love because we do love spotting potential talent before they become big household names. And we’re elated that so many of them have gone on to greater glory. To name a few: Kashy Keegan (#1 hit song in Hong Kong), Jenny McShane and Shawn Richardz (prime-time TV roles) and the great Joan Baker, famous Voice-Over coach who is taking New York by storm… Since we spot-lighted over seventy talents, there are many more who are doing even greater. Even though the books weren’t major hits, we’re happy that they inspired other talented people to pursue their dreams. I can’t believe the e-mails we received from grateful readers who reported being inspired by these books.

I might one day do a digital version of Dream Reachers, show-casing about eight or ten celebrities, both major and minor. That would be “doable”…

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: You also have a background as a journalist during which time you interviewed betty dravis booksfamous celebrities such as Clint Eastwood (lucky you!). What fun you must have had! Do you miss those days in the past when you were buzzing around Hollywood conducting these interviews?

BETTY DRAVIS: There is that mistaken impression that I flitted about Hollywood doing my interviews of the rich and famous. But that’s not how it worked. All my contacts were through my newspaper work. It’s common for newspapers to attract celebrities because publicity is the name of their game. The more good press the better… Thus whenever they’re on the road their publicists inform the media and we take it from there. That’s how I met super-star Jane Russell and interviewed her at a round-table session at Trader Vic’s in San Francisco. I was editor of The Gilroy (California) News Herald at the time. The same with country/western singer Tanya Tucker who was in the nearby town of San Martin to perform at Bobby McGee’s Night Club… She was staying at the ranch of a family friend and I got invited to be in their entourage for various activities over the week-end, including Tanya’s birthday party. And then there was SenatorTed Kennedy…

My all-time favorite interview was with the very handsome, talented living legend Clint Eastwood. I lucked out with him, meeting him through his college friend whom I had featured in a story when I was a feature writer/columnist for The East San Jose Sun. I’ll never forget the night I had a private interview with him in her home. He was so charming and complimentary of my writing skills, encouraging me to follow my dreams. I published those stories and three others in the book Dream Reachers that I wrote with celebrity interviewer/poet Chase Von and later in digital format in Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons.

Christy, as for wishing for days gone by, NO, I don’t. It was fun at the time, but I have never been one to dwell on the past. I couldn’t reach my dreams if I did that. I believe in living in the present, enjoying it while still pushing onward to fulfill our dreams and follow our passions into the future. There will be time enough to dream of the past when I am too old to work.

betty dravis.the hiss of evilCHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Let’s turn to your author life. You’re a prolific writer and have crossed several genres. What is your favorite genre to write and do you have a favorite book?

BETTY DRAVIS: I love writing scary stories with a bit of twisted humor, but have no idea why, Christy. I don’t actually have a favorite genre but I don’t like writing romance unless it’s a light comedy. I write whatever story seems dominant in my mind at the time. I can tell you this, though: I had the most fun writing a cross/genre young adult book The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley. I think it’s because I could let my imagination soar. I was elated when Apple’s famous Steve “Woz” Wozniak agreed to a cameo speaking role in the book.

I can tell you stories about each of my nine books, but that would take too long. My “heart” book is 1106 Grand Boulevard because it’s about my beautiful older sister and her seven marriages and is set around our childhood home in Hamilton, Ohio. It was hard writing about my family, but I felt it was a story that needed to be told.

As for favorite book, I do believe 1106 Grand Boulevard would have to be it (for above reasons). I have a great fondness for the Six-Pack books that I wrote with the popular paranormal writer Barbara Watkins: Six-Pack of Blood and Six-Pack of Fear. It was through the Fear book that about four producers took an interest in my works, but we discussed that in the opening of this article.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Do you have an upcoming release?

BETTY DRAVIS: Within the past month I released a short humorous/adventure story, The Search for Bobby McGee, through my publisher, Wendy Dingwall of Canterbury House. I’m still doing PR on that one while trying to launch The Snack DVD simultaneously. Even at that, the answer is YES, I have a new release coming. It’s my first full-length horror novel, titled The Hiss of Evil. Wendy was kind enough to loan me out to Janet Beasley of JLB Creatives Publishing for this one selection.

A generous friend created a cover that I’m just nuts about; one that Janet already approved. I will share it to your readers in this article for the very first public showing. I hope to hear your fans’ opinion on this cover. And so it goes. Being an author yourself, you know that we are always juggling projects. However, even though I dreamed of having movies made of my stories, I truthfully never thought I would be juggling books and movies simultaneously. I’m over the moon at the moment, and will probably be intolerable when I get that feature film out there.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: I’ve always found you very knowledgeable about promoting and, to be honest, you remind me of the Energizer Bunny when it comes to this. What do you like best about promoting? What do you like least?

BETTY DRAVIS: Well, the Bunny is now 86 years young, and losing some of that energy, but I will keep pushing. Onward and upward, I say… I really enjoy the writing, Christy, but don’t like the promoting. It takes too much time from my true passion of writing. That’s what I dislike about it, and what I like about it is that I get to meet many new and lovely friends. People like the Dames and my Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter friends.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: As an accomplished author, do you have any advice you can offer a novice or struggling writer?

BETTY DRAVIS: This advice might sound trite but the best advice I can give is to never give up and to remember there is no such thing as a writer. We are all re-writers; meaning write it as many times as it takes until you are confident it works. If this means getting a professional editor, then that’s a must. The American language is complicated, so make sure you have your text edited before sending it out into the world. Reviewers are critical and won’t hesitate to point out all your errors. They have long memories, so get it right the first time. Another very important point is creating your own “voice.” Don’t imitate other writers… It takes time before we “feel” our own voice; you may not find it until your second or even third book. But it will come… There is so much more, but there are many books on the subject of writing. Stephen King has a great one on the market.

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: Let’s get personal. What’s your most favorite pastime Favorite food? Favorite saying? Favorite place?

BETTY DRAVIS: My favorite pastime is writing, of course, and spending time with my lovely children and grandchildren. I even have three great-greats… I don’t really have a favorite food, but I like seafood, salads, Mexican food… and cornbread. My favorite saying is one my mother used to say: “I wouldn’t give a nickel for another child, but wouldn’t take a million for any one of mine.” Some of my favorite words are: flabbergasted, funky, kinky, lickety-split. As for my favorite place, it’s home. The old saying, “There’s no place like home,” is absolutely right. Nowadays I can’t make up my mind whether to choose my “Girl Cave” where I write and reflect or my bed…

CHRISTY TILLERY FRENCH: I guess we covered all the important points, Betty. It’s been fun and enlightening talking to you. Speaking for myself and all the Dames, we’re very happy for you. Congratulations on your two short-films and we look forward to a feature film in the future for you. In closing I’m going to share your various links so our readers know where to find your books, your biography and other things about you. TTYL (talk to you later), as they say in phone texts…

Betty’s The Snack DVD purchase link: http://kpfproduction6.wix.com/kpfproductions#!kpf-store/c3jc

Betty’s Amazon Central Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Betty-Dravis/e/B002BLJJIU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Betty’s website: http://www.bettydravis.com

Betty’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/betty.dravis

The Snack: Movie page https://www.facebook.com/TheSnackmovie

 

Author Betty Dravis

Have you ever seen a Christmas angel? Well, I count myself blessed because I not only see them, I’m honored to work with them on a daily basis. You see, I believe authors are the real angels of the world because they know how to give the perfect gift: the gift of reading, a gift that not only educates people, but also enables them to  travel outside their own surroundings and have the most exciting, inspiring adventures imaginable.

Where else can you travel to other worlds, both real and imaginary, without leaving the comfort of your home? Or you can read while traveling by car, bus, boat, train or any other modern conveyance. A new, fascinating adventure is only a book away…

Authors work hard to make these reading adventures possible for you, anywhere from eight months to several years. In fact, author C. Robert Lee worked over twenty years to perfect his Circles of Destiny trilogy, with Imajin Books releasing the first in the series, The Other Face of God, last month. And many other writers throughout the years have done the same. Writing takes a lot of discipline, hard work, dedication and perseverance.

With that in mind, I compiled an eclectic mix of Christmas stories to entertain you and your children during this delightful new Christmas Season of 2011. Books that will also make excellent Christmas gifts. To learn more about the authors and where to purchase their books, click the links beneath the photos.

Author Barbara Briggs Ward Offers Two Adult Christmas Books

http://www.thereindeerkeeper.com

http://www.thereindeerkeeper.blogspot.com

Coming Mid-December: Author Carolyn Arnold Presents Justified,

the Second in Her Madison Knight Series

https://www.facebook.com/carolynannarnold?sk=info

http://sassy3421.blogspot.com/

http://www.carolynarnold.net/

What Would Christmas be Without The Christmas Story

A Little Golden Book from 2000, by Jane Werner Watson & Eloise Wilkin

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Story-Jane-Werner-Watson/dp/0307989135/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322691189&sr=1-1

Dr. Niamh Clune’s Awesome Book Orange Petals in a Storm –

Grand Finale Occurs on Christmas Eve

http://www.niamhclune.co.uk

http://facebook.com/niamh.clune

http://www.orangeberrybooks.com/#!

Edie Hand and Jeffrey Addison Offer a Heart-warming Christmas Tale:

A Christmas Ride: The Miracle of Lights

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Ride-Miracle-Lights/dp/1933251689/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322518693&sr=1-1

A Christmas Gift Changes Lives in Peggy Clement’s

Tale of Shifting Sand

http://www.peggyclement.com
http://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Sand-ebook/dp/B005UR7DC6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Julia Taylor Ebel’s Mama’s Wreaths is Free Verse Strung

Together Like Cranberries on a Christmas Tree

http://www.amazon.com/Julia-Taylor-Ebel/e/B001JOXFAI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

In Karen Pokras Toczydlowski’s Middle-Grade Novel

Nate Rocks the World, Nate helps Santa and saves Christmas

http://www.karentoz.com

http://www.kptoz.blogspot.com

My Latest Book is Not a Christmas Book, but Get it for Your Sweetie

and You Won’t Need Mistletoe to Get That Kiss

Everyone Likes to Read About Clint Eastwood & Hollywood Icons

http://tinyurl.com/7vega6c

http://www.bettydravis.com




I’m happy to announce that my latest e-book, Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons, will be launched in a few days.  This is my sixth book, and I can’t wait to share the inside stories of how I met and interviewed a number of famous legends, including Clint Eastwood, the late Senator Ted Kennedy and four others.

Since these stories were published before in Dream Reachers, an inspirational “print” book containing thirty-seven in-depth interviews by me and my co-author Chase Von, I decided to “e-incarnate” them, thus making them available to the growing number of e-book readers. That’s how Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons came to be. And since it’s a short book, I set the price at 99 cents so more people could delight in my treasured memories.

As for the book’s description, a celebrated author described it well in this excerpt from her Amazon review:

Dravis’s own accounts of some of her more colorful interviews… They include Bad Hair Day, a charming story about the day she met Clint Eastwood; A Treasured Moment in Time, which is about meeting Senator Ted Kennedy; Lobster Anyone?, an interview with Jane Russell; and recollections of the days she met San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto, actress Ann Sothern and country singer Tanya Tucker… I recommend this book to all aspiring journalists for tips on conducting successful interviews. Well done…” – Michele Van Ort Cozzens, Arizona, author of Irish Twins and other best-selling novels

Another descriptive review: “Betty Dravis has lived quite an amazing life. Here she shares some of her most exciting interviews with famous legends, including Clint Eastwood, Jane Russell, Ted Kennedy and Tanya Tucker. As always, Ms Dravis’s interviews have a warmth, charm and delightful quirkiness that draw you in, fill you with enjoyment, and leave you wanting more. Ms. Dravis always adds that special personal touch that leaves the reader with a true sense of who these icons really are as people, not just as idols.” – Karen McCord Zabalaoui, Texas, Amazon Top Reviewer

Now for the BIG SURPRISE: You will never guess who I snagged to write the Foreword!

I asked a good friend who is the role model for all e-book authors to write the Foreword for me and was stunned when he accepted. I was so happy I just had to share it with a few close friends, but held my breath in case the news leaked out. I so-ooo wanted to surprise you, dear readers, with the fact that the renowned John Locke wrote the Foreword for Star Struck!

In case there is anyone on the planet who doesn’t know John Locke, he’s the first self-published author to sell a million books on Kindle and at one point had four books in the Amazon Top Ten simultaneously. Here is what The Wall Street Journal had to say about him:

“John Locke, the 60-year-old Louisville businessman turned part-time thriller writer, has now sold more than 1 million Kindle e-books, joining the ranks of such best-selling authors as James Patterson, Michael Connelly and Stieg Larsson.” – Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

Now isn’t that exciting? Did I surprise you?

New York Times Best-selling Author John Locke

Although, absolutely delighted that John agreed to write my Foreword, I had another surprise when I read what he wrote about me. I had no idea he knew so much about me and I feel so honored. He’s a clever man whose sense of humor and outspokenness, I learned, match my own. But after all, he lives in Kentucky, the birthplace of my parents and ancestors, so we do have a lot in common. With the large family of Bargers and Crawfords I still have in The Blue Grass State, it wouldn’t surprise me if we were kissing cousins. 🙂

Here’s a snippet from what he wrote; a teaser to whet your appetite to read the entire Foreword:

“This collection is special for another reason. It offers you a glimpse into the mind and character of the author herself. Make no mistake, Betty’s a charmer! High-spirited and full of energy, she’s a treasure, far as I’m concerned, and her wit, charm, and self-deprecating humor is evident in these unique and personal stories.” – John Locke, author of Saving Rachel and other Donovan Creed novels

Well, I’ve spent my life bragging about my interview and meeting with Clint Eastwood (not to mention Ted Kennedy and others) and now I can spend the rest of it bragging about John Locke. Two handsome, talented, dedicated men who touched my life in vastly different ways: One at the sunrise of my writing career, the other at the sunset. I’m a lucky woman…

For more about me, check these links:

http://www.bettydravis.com

http://www.orangeberrybooks.com/#!__celeb-interview-inspirational

http://talentspotlightmagazine.com/?p=832

Endnote: My publisher, Wendy Dingwall of Canterbury House Publishing informs me that Star Struck: Interviews with Dirty Harry and Other Hollywood Icons will be posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online sites in “twenty-four to forty-eight hours”…if SmashWords keeps on schedule. SmashWords has the irritating habit of posting it on their site before it’s available for purchase, but I’ll post an announcement the very day it goes on sale. You can count on that! 🙂 While waiting, I will appreciate it if all who read this can go to this link and push the like button:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/103588

Other Books by Betty Dravis

 

When I did a lot of theater, most of my friends were cat people because cats can fend for themselves more easily if their servants have a schedule that involves late rehearsals or travel.Ernie, Steve Liskow's Maine Coon

Cats can teach actors to focus, and they help me now that I write because they give me a sense of proportion.  Dogs may pretend they like a chapter because they want you to feed them.  Cats, by and large, don’t care.  If you won’t feed them, they’ll go out and kill something.  Or tear up the couch and stare at you so you understand it was your own fault.

Some of my best villains have been based on cats because their narcissism plays into the criminal mind so well.  But pets can help you depict character quickly and easily in other ways, too.  What does it tell you if a person doesn’t like animals—or, better yet, if animals don’t like him?  I don’t remember the name of the mid-80s film, but Clint Eastwood portrayed a cop with two children in New Orleans, and one scene showed the family dog stuffed into the dryer.  That told us all we needed to know about how evil the bad guy was.

Robert Crais gives PI Elvis Cole a feral cat as a pet.  The cat has been injured and will bite on a whim, but Cole feeds him and puts up with the attacks, which shows us w

Jewel, Steve Liskow's cat

hat he is like. So does his naming the cat “Cat.”  Linda Barnes gives Carlotta Carlyle a cat, too.

In one of my stories, ex-musician (another itinerant profession, like actors) Megan Traine has two cats.  One has double front paws, so she named him “Clydesdale,” or Clyde for short.  Naturally, his sister is named Bonnie.  She can gauge whether a man has boyfriend potential by how he and the cats react to each other.  In my novel, Who Wrote T

he Book of Death?, protagonist Beth Shepard misses her cat, but she’s sharing living quarters with a man who is allergic to cats.

A year and a half ago, my wife and I ended the year of mourning for Persephone, who died at age twenty.  It’s the only time in our twenty-six years together that we haven’t had at least one cat, and my daughter remarked that the place felt strange and empty without one.  We searched PetFinder and discovered two cats that a shelter said were to be taken as a couple, and saw they were already declawed.  We wouldn’t declaw a cat ourselves, but hey, we had new living room furniture so this was a plus.  So were the pictures posted on the site, even though Jewel was hiding under the cage so all we saw was a fuzzy gray mass.  It turns out to be a pretty good likeness.

Ernie, a strawberry blond Maine Coon, has the temperament of a miniature golden retriever.  He greets everyone who comes to the house, plays with anything he can lift, a

Who Wrote the Book of Death? by Steve Liskow

nd even fetches his toy mouse if we throw it.  Within three days of moving in with us, he decided he liked to nap below my monitor and, since he’s a total guy, he urges me to write more car chases and gunfights.  We call him The Wonder Cat.

Jewel the Heart Breaker, on the other hand, is so shy that only my daughter has ever seen her—running for the basement when that strange woman walked in the front door.  She’s the first Himalayan we’ve ever had, and she loves to sleep with us.  She also has a vocabulary of at least 35 distinct sounds, including chirps, barks, burbles, and squeaks. Both cats have that sense of irony that made people suspect they were witches in the Middle Ages, and they will groom each other or hang near us for hours.  When I’m just staring at the monitor or talking to myself, Jewel will throw a cross-body block into my leg and launch a monologue.  Then she’ll jump on the desk and insist that we both look out the window, which seems to give me the distance to figure out how to fix whatever the problem was that had me stumped.

Ernie’s personality has become that of a sidekick in my WIP, and Jewel is definitely helping me with the women’s dialogue.  If Ernie is a guy’s guy, Jewel is the girlie-girl of the cat kingdom.  They’re definitely a couple, and I know they will show up in one guise or another in many more stories I have yet to write.

In Who Wrote The Book of Death?, someone wants to finish off the writer instead of the book.  When PI Greg Nines agrees to protect a woman from death threats, he assumes that her name isn’t really Taliesyn Holroyd.  Unfortunately, he also assumes that she’s really writing a novel.  She assumes he’s stopped drinking after his own wife’s murder.  What else they don’t know could bury them both along with the book.  Visit Steve Liskow’s website.

Betty Dravis: Welcome to Dames of Dialogue, Jenny. Christy Tillery-French, co- founder of this select band of female authors, appointed me as celebrity interviewer of the group. As you know, the Dames usually interview people in the publishing industry, but since I co-authored a new book Dream Reachers, they think it will add fascinating variety to interview people from the other arts. You are one of the most popular artists in Dream Reachers and were so helpful to me and Chase Von during its production that I wanted to interview you again for this edition.

Jenny, you have done so much in the entertainment industry, I’m sure our readers will enjoy you as much as your current fans do. I know from your section in Dream Reachers about your father’s job choice, but can you tell us a little about that and how you went from there to being such a successful actress?

Jenny McShane: I wanted to be an actress since the age of three when I tortured neighborhood kids by performing on a ledge in my basement with an empty paper-towel holder as my microphone. I asked my parents for a piano when I was in second grade. I had a deep desire to get whatever it was inside out, I think! Most people who know me say I like attention, but I think it is more than that––I like to see people happy. I think music and entertaining lets people momentarily escape whatever stress they may have. When I see people’s faces respond with a happy gaze, it makes me happy. Entertaining helps me to escape, as well, and gives me a deep inner peace.

Betty Dravis: You chose your career for an admirable reason, Jenny, but it looks like it chose you, too. I have to grin at the image of the “little girl you” in that basement. I bet you get a lot of “mileage” from being the “daughter of a pig farmer”…and a lot more laughs, all good-natured and in the right spirit, I’m sure. Nobody can argue with success. I’ll get into some of your movies and your leading men later, but can you tell us about when you first started singing and playing guitar? I understand you formed your own band for a while, but that you recently joined an up-and-coming band with a very unusual name. Do you mind sharing about how you met “Harry the Dog” and where you’re currently performing?

Jenny McShane: I do, oddly enough, get a lot of mileage out of the Pig Farmer’s Daughter line. My mother gets so upset, especially when they included Pig Farmer’s Daughter in an interview The New York Times did on me. “Couldn’t you say Hog Farmer’s Daughter, Jen?” she asked. “It sounds so much nicer.”… I think the funniest thing that ever happened with the pig stories was meeting Smokey Hormel. Smokey was the son of the famous Hormel family, which is where I drove with my family to take our pigs when it was time for them to go to market. Smokey became a guitar player in Bruce Willis’s band. I started playing guitar and singing when I realized I could get out of some more work.

When we were growing up, my parents made a music room for us in the house. Mom and Dad loved to listen to me play the piano at night after chores. I honestly liked playing but knew it would also make them forget about extra things that might need to be done. My father is one of twenty-two children. His brothers and sisters and mother were all very musical and I was in heaven when I went to my grandma’s house and heard them all singing and playing various instruments together. It was so beautiful. My grandmother played the violin and was an expert tap dancer, so she was always the highlight of the show.

It was such a sense of achievement when I learned to play guitar and piano and could sit in with Dad’s family and keep up. I took piano lessons at the convent next to the Catholic school, from Marguerite McPartland, another Irish lass. The piano was great, as you can read music and it helps you learn other instruments easily. I can play accordion and guitar based on the basics of the piano lessons.

I did have my own band, called Little Ruby, for a little bit seven years ago. I put it together to keep myself busy when I wasn’t working in acting. In April of this year I joined a band called Harry the Dog and the Traveling Soul Circus. My boyfriend is from England and has a whole crew of English people in LA who really stick together like a posse. He is friends and a big fan of Harry Bridgen’s band. I accidentally ran into Harry at an English pub called Cat N Fiddle on Sunset. I overheard one of Harry’s friends saying they were looking for a female guitar player because a girl in the band was going on tour with Pink. When I heard Pink, that grabbed my attention! I am a big fan of Pink, so I asked if I could audition to be in the band and Harry agreed. I took Bruno Frasca, the expert guitar player in the band, to Chateau Marmont and proceeded to play the piano and the guitar for the guests that were there that night. The last song I played on the guitar was “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. All the other hotel guests joined in; even the actor Josh Hartnett enjoyed it and was singing along. Needless to say, I was invited to join the band. I am on guitar and back-up vocals for the group. I also helped the band write and record a very cool song titled “American Man.”

Betty Dravis: That’s a fun, interesting story, Jenny. Best of luck with the group! I haven’t had the good fortune to be in the LA area to see you perform, but I’ve seen YouTube videos and photos on various Hollywood websites. You certainly are a good singer, pick a mean guitar and your energy is endless. How do you keep in such fine shape? And please give us some links to your various websites.

Jenny McShane: I do have a lot of natural energy. I think it was growing up with all the manual labor. Now I have to work out at least five times a week just to feel like I am doing something. It makes my spirit positive to run, lift weights, ride a bike, etc. I think if you are an entertainer it is your responsibility to respect your fans and show them you have morals and drive. I love to watch Rocky as many times a year as I can; it inspires me. Drive and being in great shape is something I admire in any performer. Who likes to drive a dirty car? is how I look at it! I love that Clint Eastwood is in top shape to this day. Any of the performers I admire are always in great shape in person!

I have my own website which is http://www.jennymcshane.com But I need to get some updates on there! I also post my current gigs on my FaceBook page.

Betty Dravis: I hear you loud and clear about updating your website, Jenny. That seems like an endless task, especially for someone who does as much as you. I’ve seen five of your movies: Furnace, which is your latest (with the very handsome Michael Pare); Shark Attack, in which you starred with Casper Van Dien; The Watcher, starring Keanu Reeves, where you played the lead female detective; Shark Attack 3, where you co-starred opposite John Barrowman; and Stag. I expected Stag to be an actual stag party, which is not to my taste, so was pleasantly surprised to see that it was about something tragic that happened at the beginning of a stag party, rather than going in-depth with a so-called “sex” movie. It has some nudity, but is more of a thriller, IMO. How many movies have you been in, Jenny? Dream Reachers goes in-depth on this subject, so keep it brief. Then tell us about some of your modeling jobs. I’d love to hear your take on that, as I’m sure our readers will.

Jenny McShane: I have been in about twenty movies, but only on four television shows. I never keep an exact tab, though. The movie Stag has a real message. The film is quite scary as it shows kids and adults that some of our decisions can end up affecting our entire lives. After filming Stag, I met a director in London who told me his eighteen-year-old son had been drunk driving and hit and killed two people and would be serving the rest of his life in prison. The character I played in Stag was difficult to play. The original script had the back-story that was not included in the movie. The mother of the two sisters in the movie was dying of cancer and since they didn’t have insurance, they stripped to get the money quickly to help the family.

Modeling is the way I started in the business. There is some misinformation about 3JennyHarryandtheDogmodeling. Modeling is a job description and every model isn’t perfect. The majority of modeling I did was commercial as opposed to editorial. Editorial models were stunning, in my eyes. We commercial models were basically girl-next-door types. I did a lot of Budweiser/Anheuser Busch ads and catalog shoots, as well as Target and Dayton Hudson ads when I started. I also did a lot of industrial shoots for various companies, including Fingerhut, 3M, etc. I don’t consider photos that I do now to be modeling, but rather publicity for my likeness.

Betty Dravis: That’s a modest appraisal, Jenny. I can see the girl-next-door in you, but I also see the “stunning” that you see in others. In fact, you look so different in so many photos and movies that you’re like a chameleon…which is a wonderful attribute for an actress, so keep on doing what you’re doing. But back to the acting, who was the first big actor you met and what were your feelings at the time? Cowboy actor Jim Davis was the first one I met. He was quite popular in the 50s, if I have my dates straight, but I remember him more as J.R. Ewing’s father in the later Dallas TV series. Meeting him was impressionable, but it didn’t move me nearly as much as meeting Clint Eastwood later, a story I relate in Dream Reachers.

Jenny McShane: Oh, Betty, I love the story of how you met the iconic Clint Eastwood. He’s one of my favorite actors. The first actor I met was Kyle T. Heffner. I met Kyle in a café in Chicago, during one of my mother’s visits. He was the third lead in a film I loved–– Flashdance! He also starred on Golden Girls and Seinfeld. He was working in Chicago in a play with Brian Donehy, another actor I loved. My thought when meeting him was: I have just met somebody who can tell me how to become an actor because he is one! Since then, Kyle has coached me on any role I really wanted. I think it was meant to be, as he knows everything about me and keeps me the person I first was… And I guess I do that in return, now that I have had some success. I keep him in check and he does the same for me! Being in the business for a long while now. I have seen people get big breaks and totally screw them up with bad decisions. I think the acting profession can be compared to gambling: There are no guarantees and it feels like you are walking a tight rope at all times. I don’t think there is any performer who has had smooth sailing. My profession isn’t an easy life.

Betty Dravis: I’ve heard that you’re well respected in Hollywood for your dependability and professionalism, Jenny. That says a lot for what you’ve learned. What is your routine when working on a movie…your schedule? Which role was your biggest challenge? And are you between roles now? If so, what do you do to fill the time while waiting?

Jenny McShane: My routine when I am working on a movie is to get my environment situated and feel at home first. Next I try to get into the community and find some down-home people to hang out with after work. As a performer you can’t take a drive with a stranger, so it takes a little bit of detective work. But I usually find some good people and end up keeping in touch years later. I like to find out about the places I am working in, if I can, and what the people are like and what makes them tick. One of my first movies was shot in Moscow, Russia. Wow, did I go through some scary moments there. The Russian people are very scared of “The Americans” and don’t trust us, so that was a very uneasy time. I guess it was like being a skunk and thinking you could go hang out with the cats after work.

I have had the amazing opportunities to work on films in Bulgaria, Russia, India, London, South Africa and Canada. I am between jobs right now and I know a lot of fellow actors are, as well. Work is very lean out there right now, but it is for everyone, so I am keeping busy with my band until I land the next gig. The people at Gibson Guitars have been amazing by giving me different guitars every time I play with my band. That inspires me to play as much as I can because I love Gibson Guitars. Currently the band that I am playing in, Harry The Dog and the Circus of Lost Souls, is doing a series of four concerts at The Unknown Theater in Hollywood. The Unknown Theater is four years old and is a nonprofit theater similar to Steppenwolf in Chicago. If you haven’t seen the theater, you have to go just to admire the beauty of the place.

I have a few bites on the line, in fishing terms, as far as jobs go, so as soon as I land a job, my vacation is over. I pray that our economy and world come to peace, the troops come home from Iraq and we can all have a great Christmas and end 2009 with a bang!

Betty Dravis: That’s my prayer, too, Jenny… I suppose most actors do similar things to fill the time, but now tell us what you love about acting? What do you hate? I’d enjoy seeing you in a hit TV series…one that would make you a household name. What are your thoughts about that? This curious mind wants to know…as I’m sure our readers do.

Jenny McShane: What I love about acting is getting paid to do something I love which I know a lot of people would love to do. I meet people everyday that are doing manual labor just to support their families and give their children education and opportunities they never had. I also love the actors I admired when I was growing up and have now had the opportunity to work beside.

4JennyMichaelautographs.cropThere is nothing I hate about acting! I love it all! I would love to be in a hit TV series. I had a blast in an episode of Don Johnson’s TV hit Chase Nash; I played guitar and sang my rendition of “Desperado.”… I have a great casting director fan that is a fan of April Webster. I came close to getting two TV series with April Webster. I think I will when the timing is right. It has to be the right fit. I wish I could play a gunslinger in an old Western. The character has to be totally ME, so hopefully it comes my way soon. I am a big fan of The Mentalist and Mad Men. Those television series fit the actors in the cast like gloves! Hopefully, one of those talented writers reads this and thinks of me…

Betty Dravis: You have certainly met a lot of big names…people you led us to while creating Dream Reachers. Chase and I are grateful to you for introducing us to the famous photographer Jim Marshall, who photographed huge talents, like The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix…too many to list. In fact, he was the only photographer used by The Beatles near the end of their career. You graciously gave me his phone number and he was so helpful, putting me in touch with the right people at Rolling Stone magazine when we needed to use a picture of Tanya Tucker on one of their old covers. What a charming man! And you put me in touch with Mike Regan, VP of Marketing and Acquisitions for Melee Entertainment, when we needed permission to use movie stills from Avi Lerner, the BIG producer of Slumdog Millionaire and other huge box-office hits.

But for your next question, what advice do you have for aspiring actors?

Jenny McShane: Be prepared for the opportunity. Know your craft and then make the steps to go for it. If you want something bad enough, you can get it!

Betty Dravis: That’s great advice, Jenny…thought provoking… Do you have a current mentor? If so, tell us about him or her and about others who have influenced your life…your career.

Jenny McShane: My current mentor is Jonathan Brayley (my boyfriend of six years) who came from England to be an actor. He is a great film editor and now is directing a documentary. He never studied to be an editor. He met people from England who wanted to see him succeed. I believe that if you are a nice person and passionate about what you want, it happens triple fold. My boyfriend never had the opportunity to become an actor, so he gives the actors his best performance as an editor.

I have also learned to never give up! Another one of my mentors I had the good fortune to meet is the great attorney Robert Shapiro. He and his family have a large number of people they have helped through the years. The Shapiros lost their son to an accidental overdose a few years ago and have created a foundation to inform and help other families who are dealing with similar circumstances. Robert Shapiro is a strong man who has seen it all and keeps fighting to make the world a better place and set a good example for the human race.

Betty Dravis: I’ve read about the Shapiros and they are true humanitarians. Thanks for sharing their story. But LOL, Jenny, this question was going to be about Jonathan. Since you beat me to it, I would like to know more about his current project.

Jenny McShane: You knew I wouldn’t go long without talking about him, didn’t you, Betty? Thanks for your interest… Jonathan is currently directing and editing a documentary about the state of the United States economy. He traveled to most of the states to interview people who have survived tornadoes, bombings, Hurricane Katrina, etc. before the economic crash happened. It is a great piece that shows us that we can get through this economic crisis if people who had everything taken in all those other disasters are still standing and surviving.

Betty Dravis: That sounds like an inspiring, uplifting project. Tell Jonathan I wish him great success and to let us know when it’s released… But now for the fun question! I waited till near the end to put you on the spot, but do you mind sharing the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you in connection with your acting or your music?

Jenny McShane: The most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me while acting was when I fumbled a line and actor Don Johnson screamed at me, “Where did you go to acting school––in the barn?” LOL… If he only knew… But he pushed me to give the best performance, so I’m not complaining.

That brings to mind another embarrassing thing, but this is a hard one… It’s something John Barrowman said on film, but before I tell about that, let me say that John is an amazing actor and singer. He has won Tonys for his Broadway and West End performances. The award I most admire and envy is the Tony for the opening of Sunset Boulevard (on the West End with Patti LuPone). John is one of those actors who likes to keep the crew on their toes at all times and, to my understanding, never encountered any farm atmosphere, if that makes sense; like mosquitoes in your hotel room (which you find out later were recently emptied Bulgarian Army Barracks) or other situations like that. Well, I am used to this as I grew up in that atmosphere, so when actors were freezing in Russia, I was taking my peanut butter jar out of my pack with my long underwear and having a nice sleep.

So with that said, the crew on Shark Attack 3 was a little upset by the fuss John was creating and he sensed it, so he wanted to bring them back by jolting them with a line I have never heard in any movie! The crew and the director laughed for more than a half hour at that line. It was so weird and out of the blue that I didn’t know how to respond. I never thought the line would be left in the movie––but it was! I heard that Lions Gate purchased the movie without watching the whole thing, so it was a blooper that the editor kept in the movie. The line was so often repeated that it actually made the movie and made Lions Gate a lot of money because no one who sees it can believe it. They repeat it and then everyone has to see the movie themselves to hear it with their own ears.

I can’t repeat it in polite company, and I don’t know the links where your readers might hear it themselves, but there are takes all over YouTube. Look under Shark Attack 3. Incidentally, the director Eli Roth sent me an email recently informing me that Shark Attack 3 (AKA Megalodon) has a cult following because of that line. I had heard that and I still think it’s very weird. I do have to say that there were clips of John and me on England’s popular Jonathan Ross Show; it was in front of one of my favorite actresses Emma Thompson and they didn’t show the line… Thank God… That showing helped my name and likeness in England.

Betty Dravis: I heard that infamous line in the movie, Jenny, and I think it was too crude of Barrowman, joke or no joke! But if it helped the movie sales in the long run and no harm was done to you, then…all’s well that ends well. Speaking of endings Jenny, your last question may take a bit of thought, but it’s a simple question. I polled my friends and they agreed on what most women would like to know: Of all your co-stars, which one is the best kisser! This would also be a good place to share a few impressions of your other sexy co-stars, if you don’t mind.

Jenny McShane: That question doesn’t take much thought at all, Betty! Hands down, 5JennyMcShaneHeadShotDon Johnson is the best kisser ever! Don Johnson has that Elvis thing going on! I think he will make the ladies melt until he’s a hundred!

As for my other co-stars, Casper Van Dien and Keanu Reeves were hilarious. Keanu invited me to a premier of another movie he had done after The Watcher: The Gift, at Paramount Studios. I didn’t know that Casper Van Dien, my co-star from Shark Attack, was there, so when Keanu quipped, “I guess all your boys are here tonight, McShane,” I burst out laughing.

I was also surprised when Keanu asked me how it was…working with Casper Van Dien. I hope this comes out right… I mean, Keanu Reeves was about to make sixty million dollars for Matrix 2 and 3 and he still has a deep caring and curiosity about others. What?? That blew my mind. Keanu has to be the nicest actor I have ever worked with, hands down. I heard that he split his back profit on Matrix with the crew! Isn’t that awesome?

Michael Madsen is another giving and amazing actor. Michael is so nice to the crew and actors and is just fun to be around. John Barrowman and I had a blast in Bulgaria, chasing each other on go-carts. Ja Rule, Danny Trejo, and Michael Pare on The Furnace were all amazing…. And I can’t forget Tom Sizemore! What a character! Who needs to watch movies when you have that character on your set––living and breathing…

I am also honored to know and learn from Danny Trejo. He has been in the business a long time and is finally shooting the hugest movie of his career, with Robert Rodriquez directing. Cheech Marin and Don Johnson are in it. It’s called Machete!! How weird is that? It’s interesting to think that the same Danny Trejo who helped Ja Rule and me learn better angles and fighting stances in The Furnace is now going to be a megastar! Which reminds me––Cheech Marin is amazing too. He is a big guitar player and so are Don Johnson and Keanu Reeves. I have found with most actors I have worked with that music and acting run hand in hand.

As long as I have my guitar, I can always play at the beach for lunch, if all else fails!

Betty Dravis: Wow, Jenny, all those stories are fascinating. You certainly have an exciting life and I doubt if you’ll end up singing for your supper…but come to think of it, that’s what you do with Harry and the Dog. Hmmm… I’ve enjoyed our time together, Jenny. Thanks for sharing your life with the Dames of Dialogue and our readers. As you so often tell others, you rock!

Jenny McShane: This was a fun interview, Betty, and thanks, Dames, for having me. Keep writing those awesome books. You all do, indeed, rock!

Author Betty Dravis and celebrity interviewer and poet Chase Von have together penned an inspiring collection of interviews with people who not only dare to dream but strive to make their dreams happen, ranging from mega movie star/director/ producer Clint Eastwood to politico Ted Kennedy along with a plethora of actors, dreamreachersactresses, poets, artists, singers, dancers, musicians, photographers and more. One of this reviewer’s favorites: the interview with Debra D. Griffin, author and photographer, who lost her battle with cancer. Debra’s inspiring words: “Smile and keep a lot of smiling faces around you. Keep busy; take this time to do all your favorite things. Sing and make a joyful noise.” Very poignant words from a gifted woman.

One common denominator that stands out with this collection of interviews: the belief that life is a gift. These talented people understand and appreciate they are each unique unto themselves and blessed with life, which inspires them to reach for their dreams, some of whom have made it, others who are well on their way.

Dream Reachers is an intriguing read which will motivate those readers who until now might not have taken that first step toward their dream to reach out and grab for it as well as those working toward their dream to keep going. All readers will enjoy the stories behind the interviews and the powerful message each interview delivers.

The authors generously donate a portion of the profits from the sale of this book to the Breast Cancer Care Research Center.

For more info: http://bettydravis.com

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