California Can Wait by Marci Boudreaux Book Tour and Giveaway :)
As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over young adult books and jumped right into the world of romance novels. She’s never left. Marci lives with her husband, two kiddos, and their numerous pets. She is a freelance writer appearing monthly in a variety of local magazines as well as a content editor.
That’s not the case with California Can Wait.
I know exactly where this book came from. At the risk of sounding too much like an E.L. James rip off, this book used to be fanfiction. Not for Twilight however. There were never any sparkling vampires here.
My fanfiction habit was based on the now defunct soap opera One Life To Live and that is where this particular story got it’s origin. So many of the readers who struggled through my bad grammar back then are still reading my stories—luckily, I have better grammar now!
If you are a fanfiction writer or reader, you know how passionate we fans can be when the shows don’t do the characters justice. In this case, the writers were really trashing my favorite character Viki Lord (played by the amazing Erika Slezak). After hitting what seemed like rock bottom, she disappeared off-screen for several months for a bit of a character reboot.
In the meantime, I whipped up this fanfiction story that the readers just loved. Years and years later, I am still asked if I can take this story or that story and make them into novels. That’s actually a bit more challenging that it seems because fanfiction already has a world and established characters, but this particular story was a bit easier. Since I was introducing new characters in a new town where our heroine had gone while not on-screen, I was able to eliminate any potential copyrighted material fairly easily to add to a for-sale product.
The characters in California Can Wait have grown quite a bit from where that story was, but the readers who were with me back then are going to recognize a lot of elements from the original. And new readers…without this confession, you never would have known!
Possible tags: fanfiction, One Life To Life, OLTL, Erika Slezak, Viki Lord