Celluloid Diaries: Linda Weaver Clarke interviews me about GPS WITH BENEFITS

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Linda Weaver Clarke interviews me about GPS WITH BENEFITS

hilarious short film

Linda Weaver Clarke, author of the series A Family Saga In Bear Lake, Idaho and The Adventures Of John And Julia Evans, interviewed me for her blog about my latest short film script, GPS With Benefits. Here's the interview in case you missed it.

Linda Weaver Clarke: As you know, I have a weekly book giveaway and today I'm featuring a new author, Vanessa Morgan. Please tell us about your book, Vanessa.

Vanessa Morgan: GPS WITH BENEFITS is a funny short story about a GPS device with a mind of "her" own. It’s scheduled to be turned into a film in 2013.

Linda Weaver Clarke: Hilarious! Where did you get your inspiration for this story?

Vanessa Morgan: The inspiration for GPS WITH BENEFITS came to me when I was in the car with a friend. We made jokes about the GPS and imagined what it would be like if the device were aware of the driver and his thoughts. I immediately knew that this could be turned into a crazy story. I won’t reveal more, but GPS WITH BENEFITS has some twists and turns that you won’t expect and that will have you laughing out loud.

Linda Weaver Clarke: What kind of research did you have to do for this book?

Vanessa Morgan: I observed people’s driving behavior, the small things that distracted them.

Linda Weaver Clarke: This book sounds fun! What does your family think about your writing?

Vanessa Morgan: Most of them don’t speak or understand English (I’m originally from Belgium and my native language is Dutch), so they can’t read my books. But they’re proud when they see me on television or in magazines.

Linda Weaver Clarke: That is very interesting, Okay, it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

Vanessa Morgan: I probably know more about horror movies than anyone else. Also, I love languages. I speak Dutch, French, English, Spanish and a bit of German and I’ve written screenplays and books in three different languages. Even though I write stories about cars and GPS devices, I don't have a driver's license.

Linda Weaver Clarke: Wow! That's 5 different languages. I'm impressed. I learned Spanish and enjoyed it very much but I don't think I could learn any more than two, which includes English. I've heard that English is one of the most difficult languages to learn so I should feel grateful that I grew up with it. Hahaha.

51 comments:

  1. This story sounds like it could be hilarious. I always talk back to my GPS, so I would love to see the character's reaction in this one.

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  2. I love the idea of a GPS with a mind of its own, after all, they DO tell you things to do and places to go that aren’t always right. I have one in my finished play,(which I am going to re-write as a story, because almost no one will read an unagented play, and the line, “Based on her play…” really appeals to me!) Anyway, last summer when my sister and I traveled to NC to a family reunion, two cousins,(brothers who had also come from out-of-state), tried to take us to dinner. We hardly had any time to eat because the GPS the one brother had kept sending us up and down a main road , then saying,”Make a legal U-turn”. Finally, he called the restaurant and found that we were on ‘South” whatever the road was and we needed “North”. That GPS kept telling us over and over, “Make a legal U-turn”!

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  3. Posted on a forum here:
    http://bookmooch.com/thread/book_giveaways/32

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  4. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/darkmotives/status/266598986767560704

    Thanks for the giveaway

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  5. Woaaah the cover is so unique!!

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  6. Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/bookworm_sarah/status/266620876630409216
    I tweeted when I bought it on amazon too :)
    sarah(dot)elizabeth(dot)bookworm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. This story sounds like it could be hilarious. I always talk back to my GPS, so I would love to see the character's reaction in this one.

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  8. I have never had a GPS. I would probably get lost even with a GPS. LOL. Your book sounds really good. Love the name.
    Sue

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  9. posted on FB
    http://www.facebook.com/dawna.newman.35/posts/422899771097229

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Your book sounds great and so interesting! I find it crazy you don't even own a driver's license! When she was younger my daughter kept saying she never wanted to get one. When she turned eighteen and moved out, she finally gave in and got one. :)

    I shared on my Facebook wall-Marlena Fein

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and being a part of the hop.

    Best wishes and much success with the book and the hop!
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Posted on Twitter-spoildbrat31

    Take Care,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. Post #1: https://twitter.com/KatraCass/status/266749675275710464
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  13. Post #2: https://twitter.com/KatraCass/status/266749996211257345
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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  14. post 1

    twitter: https://twitter.com/hisboywonder/status/266771155376029696

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. post 2

    google +: https://plus.google.com/?hl=en&wwc=1#117313059729342032963/posts/gL8gg4PpCM2

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  16. post 3 (last one!)

    facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=112766298885580&id=6027501

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    hisboywonder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Post 2

    Shared on Twitter :
    https://twitter.com/JungieFairy/status/266778172077510656

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  18. Post 3

    Shared on facebook :
    http://www.facebook.com/amel.armeliana/posts/330645717034608

    amel(dot)armeliana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. This book just sounds too cute!

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  20. http://sarahelizabethsbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/blog-post.html

    sarah(dot)elizabeth(dot)bookworm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Wow this sounds like a great book@!

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  22. twitter: https://twitter.com/k28dalton/status/266912649265156096

    sstogner1 at gmail dot com

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  23. https://twitter.com/krsznight/status/266947370556739584

    botezatu_paula@yahoo.com

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  24. Your recipes seriously started me thinking about all the interesting ways I can add squash into my family's world. Right now I tend to hide it in recipes and use it as a binder in soups or stews. I can't wait to make it the highlight.
    planterofhope(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. post 1 tweet as tynapier1:https://twitter.com/TyNapier1/status/267024168141340672

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  26. post2 on FB:https://www.facebook.com/teressa.oliver/posts/330816443692827

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  27. post 3 google plus:https://plus.google.com/117405335966017460172/posts/4EdjtZV5sdt

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  28. Thank for the giveaway! :D
    I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/Gisselle_Alv/status/267161314567274497

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  29. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/TopsyTurvy_Ash/status/267230947286605826#
    blackcapballistics(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    tweet: https://twitter.com/SBBCreviews/status/267235733817946113
    bymyself.g AT gmail DOT com

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  31. Talk about being unfamiliar with GPS's I do not know how to Tweet your book on Twitter without a Rafflecopter to allow me to just click on it. (Did that make any sense?)
    We tried our GPS for the first time this week an was totally fascinated with it. I would love to win nd read your book.
    worley.la@gmail.com

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  32. I tweeted about it!

    https://twitter.com/SweepingTheUSA/status/267488839034093569

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sweepingtheusa at gmail dot com

    I follow you via GFC - sweepingtheusa

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  33. posted to my blog
    http://ilovealldogs.blogspot.com/

    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  34. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/lilblupixie/status/267509560149954560

    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  35. posted to facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/wanda.l.flanagan


    flanagan@mebtel.net

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  36. tweeted https://twitter.com/DonnaS1/status/267857472696500224

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  37. Tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/kimbreid/status/267921604934262784

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  38. Facebook Share:

    https://www.facebook.com/kim.reid.330/posts/382449758500207

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  39. Google + share:

    https://plus.google.com/106447989441405413417/posts/3MxemZKxcGP

    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  40. twitter share: https://twitter.com/Catalina0884/status/268193407757873152

    gokarter418 (at) aol (dot) com

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  41. facebook share: https://www.facebook.com/kate.smythe.50/posts/530947026934494

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  42. Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.ward.18041/posts/517128618298272


    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  43. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/adreamindream/status/268229380902354944

    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. Shared on Google+: https://plus.google.com/106333109125172999823/posts/EFv2esXhGr6


    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. Your book sounds fun! I tweeted about it:
    https://twitter.com/craftgirl83/status/268452499885785088

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  46. My tweet:

    https://twitter.com/DarleneBookNook/status/268464100177219584

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  47. Shared on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/darlenes.booknook/posts/169216256555187

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  48. Shared on Google+

    https://plus.google.com/103212500899868875957/posts/MPZBPmLiHe1

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  49. I have tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/classy_mommie/status/268481035178741760

    quesera.sera.507679@facebook.com

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  50. Shared on Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104355827533297616488/posts/CqZ2HAjGDjK

    spav05(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/Sparima/status/268499046388355072

    spav05(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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