How do you stay anchored when you’re attracted to your co-anchor?
Barbara King’s dream is to become the next Barbara Walters. But for now, she’s anchoring at the fledgling Phoenix news channel, covering car chases and interviewing drunken showbiz has-beens. If she can just out-fox the conniving anchors at her cable channel and move up to its prime-time line-up, she’ll be able to fly the coop and ascend to a real news network.
Enter Jack Stone, Barbara’s dynamic, witty—and did she mention sexy?—new co-anchor. Another potential competitor, Jack’s attitude is chilly toward Barbara at first, but it’s not long before a genuine friendship forms. Soon they find themselves finishing each other’s sentences, discovering all they have in common and, ultimately, attempting to ignore how wildly attracted they are to each other. Meanwhile, on the set, under television’s bright lights, they sit just inches apart, their chemistry even apparent to the quirky cast of characters in the gossiping newsroom.
Will Barbara give in to her attraction to Jack and betray her husband, Ben, her sweet-souled moral compass? When a life-altering news event propels the Phoenix to the #1 news channel in the nation, will Barbara sell her soul to become a prime time star?
How do you stay true to yourself when you’re being seduced by stardom—and your co-star?
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Today we have former news anchor and current radio show anchor, Brigitte Quinn chatting with us at Book Mama Blog. She has a new book coming out called Anchored and will also be a part of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge for the week of August 10.
Welcome Brigitte! What was your biggest inspiration while writing your book?
Every time I got fed up or frustrated, I looked at the fortune cookie message taped to my computer: “Never Quit.” Far more inspiring than the one that read: “You will be hungry again in an hour.”
What is usually on your nightstand?
My “old school” print copies of The New Yorker (I try to read more than just the cartoons!) and Rolling Stone (I never read more than the articles about music).
And my trusty Kindle. I used to joke with my kids that the day I started reading “one of those gizmos” would be the day “robots ruled the world.” But I love having a whole library in there and secretly being able to make the font an inch tall if I need to.
Which authors have most influenced your writing?
After discovering Naked, I read just about everything David Sedaris has written. I don’t think my husband appreciates it when he asks me, “What’s so funny?” and I can’t read him a passage without snorting or crying with laughter.
Are any characters in your book based on a real person?
Rip is an amalgam of some of the very cool, smart guys I’ve worked with over the years. I want readers to have their own picture of Jack, but I was watching a lot of Mad Men and couldn’t help think Don Draper has the perfect look and voice for a news anchor. But he’s not real, right?
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my kitchen, with some 70s music playing in the background. But it has to be early in the morning, before my three kids, husband, and mom wake up and start scrounging for breakfast. (Although I have been known to ignore them when I’d deep into a scene.)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My dad wanted me to be a “stewardess” so he could “travel the world.” After seeing the movie Airport as a kid, I quickly smothered his dreams. And after I covered my first student council meeting for my high school newspaper, all I wanted was to be a writer/reporter.
If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be?
Tina Fey. I would love to get her brilliant spin on Barbara’s further adventures in cable news.
What is your favorite scene in your novel?
The sushi scene with Barbara and Sloane. I say no more. Finish the book.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us! Your book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it!
About the author:
Brigitte Quinn has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years, and was a television anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and three children, and is currently anchoring mornings at 1010 WINS radio in New York City.
BookSparks is giving one lucky winner a print copy of
Anchored by Brigitte Quinn