Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Welcome to D. D. Scott-ville...Bestselling UK Author Talli Roland!!!

Happy Tuesday, D. D. Scott-ville!

I've got an over the moon superfab treat for ya today...actually, an "across the pond" treat!

Welcome to D. D. Scott-ville...Bestselling UK Author Talli Roland!!!

I'm sooo thrilled to have partnered with Talli for our Christmas Anthology MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE!

on Amazon

on Barnes & Noble Nook

at Smashwords (for iPad, Sony, and Kobo)

Talli and I, along with our superfab partner Tonya Kappes, thought it would be waaay fun and very Muse Therapy-esque to give y'all the scoop regarding the inspiration behind each of our MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE short-story contributions!

Talli will kick us off today with the inspiration behind her Madness Under The Mistletoe Story - Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts!

Tonya will pick-up next Tuesday (December 6th).

And I'll wrap it up on Tuesday (December 13th).

Take it away, Talli...

The Inspiration of Museums

It was a stuffy day in central London, and I was flipping through the paper with abandon (okay, so I was clicking the online newspaper links with abandon, but that doesn’t sound as good). All of a sudden, a headline rushed out at me: Museum of Broken Relationships Comes to London. A Museum of Broken Relationships, I thought? What an interesting concept.

As I navigated through the pictures – from a garden gnome to a garish pair of Y-fronts – I couldn’t help constructing stories in my head. Where had those undies come from? What was the significance of the figurine? The more photos I saw, the more my brain raced . . . until I just had to write about it. And being the evil creator that I am, I thought up a situation to ensure maximum conflict: what if I placed a poster child for happy endings in a position of responsibility in such a museum? What would happen? Would she implode, or would she gradually become pessimistic? My main character of Rose was born.

When it came time for Rose to think about the logistics of setting up the museum, I called upon my experience at London’s Dennis Severs’ House, where there are ten rooms set to create ‘moods’ from between 1724 and 1914. As you weave your way through the silent house by candlelight, you feel like you’re interrupting the invisible occupants, an eighteenth-century French Huguenot family of silkweavers, in their dinner. Their presence eerily lingers through the smell of food and various objects strewn carelessly about. With every room, you feel as if you’ve stepped into a painting about to come to life. This is exactly what I wanted the Museum of Broken Hearts in my novel to feel like, so I had Rose create real-life spaces in which to place the objects.

Who says museum are boring? For me, they’re simply a starting point to tell another story.


How superfab muse wondermous is that?!

Now then...here's some terrific scoop on Talli too...one of my all-time fave authors:

Talli Roland has three loves in her life: chick lit, coffee and wine. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories – complete with happy endings. Her debut novel, The Hating Game, was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller and shortlisted for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, and her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as a 2011 Amazon Customer Favourite. Build A Man is her latest release. Talli blogs here and can be found on Twitter here.

It's Your Turn, D. D. Scott-ville: Here's your chance to chat with an Amazon 2011 UK Customer Fave...Author Talli Roland...Talli will be here with us all day long!!!

Sexy Sassy Smart Across The Pond Wishes --- D. D. Scott


  1. Yay! Thank you so much for hosting me, D.D.! I'm thrilled to be here.

  2. And I'm over the moon to host you, Talli!

    One of these days, we're sooo toasting with a Pimms together!!!


  3. I love how you designed it all around a thought. I can't wait to share how I came up with A SUPERSTITIOUS CHRISTMAS next week!

  4. Love the title, Talli. :)

    Cover is cute, too.

  5. Isn't that the coolest, Tonya?!

    I luuuvvv that moment when your muses say "aha...got it...this is my next story"!!!

    And I can't wait to hear the inspiration behind your story too!!!

  6. Sooo with ya on the title and cover luuuvvv, LR, and Welcome to D. D. Scott-ville!!!


  7. Tonya and Dee, isn't it great when something sparks in your mind and you just have to start creating a story around it? LOVE!

    And LR, thank you! :)

  8. I call it my Muse Aha Moment...LOL!!!

  9. Sounds like a great story--I'm off to buy! :)

  10. Muse Aha Moment - love it!

    Claire, yay! Thank you so much!

  11. Thanks sooo very much, Claire! U will simply adore Talli's story...it's truly one of those that gives you superfab chills!


  12. Aw, DD, that's very kind! And yours is such a hoot. I think we've got such a great mix in that anthology.

  13. Hi Talli ... I didn't realize you were originally from Canada. You look so wonderfully British. :) I'm from western Canada and recently downloaded your new book, Build A Man. This will be the first Talli Roland book I've read and I'm really looking forward to it. And while I've been saving Madness Under The Mistletoe for my Christmas read, now that I've read your blurb on Miracle At The Museum Of Broken Hearts, I may have to read it sooner (as if I needed an excuse! LOL!).

    I may just need a double to help me keep up to my TBR pile. With so many new-to-me indie authors, I'm once again enjoying my reading material.

  14. Wavin' atchya, Sheila!

    I can't wait to read Build a Man...and I'm tellin' ya, after Talli's first book The Hating Game, I never have been able to look at cocktail sausages in quite the same way, so I'm looking forward to some other quirky kinda thing in this book too! LOL!

    And welcome to our Madness Under The Mistletoe too...Happy Reading!!!

    Nothin' beats finding new authors to read!!!

  15. Madness Under The Mistletoe is indeed the perfect mix, Talli!

    Cheers to that!!!

  16. I loved "Madness Under The Mistletoe"! They were such fun,entertaining reads! Thanks SO much ladies for your stories!!!

  17. Awe-shucks, Jaw...thank you for the wonderfully sweet Madness Under The Mistletoe shout-out!!!

    Nothin' beats knowin' we've made our readers happy!!!

    Cheers to you and Happy Holidays!!!

  18. Thank you so much, Jaw!

    And a big thanks to D.D. for hosting me here.

  19. Wow, you ladies are amazing with all the projects you do. MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE sounds like a fun anthology. And that's amazing, Talli, that you were inspired by museums for story ideals. Very cool!

  20. Wavin' atchya, Lyn!

    We did have sooo much fun putting this one together!

    And I sooo hear ya on Talli's superfab cool inspiration!!!

    This coming Tuesday, Tonya will be our D. D. Scott-ville Guest and give ya the scoop on her Madness Under The Mistletoe story!

    Cheers to you, Lyn, and thanks bunches for visiting with us!!!

  21. So awesome!! Congrats on the anthology!! I heart Talli. I came to visit. Love the blog.