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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight with Chelsea Turner

When the whispers in the night, the whispers of her lover, are the whispers of a killer, will Margot escape before she becomes the next victim?

Deep in the foothills of Red Rock Canyon, a serial killer stalks. He leaves his signature—a skull mask on the corpse. But when the homicide cop realizes the crimes are the reenactment of a case never solved ten years ago--all fingers point to Michael DeVeccio. And when Margot realizes she is married to the killer, her life becomes a living nightmare.

Hello and welcome to Wednesday Spotlight! So you met the villain who played the role of Michael DeVeccio, the “don’t mess with me” cop that portrayed Diego Santiago. Today, it’s time to meet the woman desired by both. Let’s have a warm welcome for the woman brave enough to take on the role of Margot Montgomery. Chelsea Turner, come on out!

Thunderous applause explodes as Oliver escorts Chelsea into the parlor. With a wink and a roguish grin, he plucks a rose from the vase and hands it to her.

Chelsea: (Blush) Thank you! It’s great to be here today.

Sharon: Welcome, Chelsea! Have a seat and make yourself comfortable. Before we start chatting about how it felt to play the part of Margot in the video of Mask of the Betrayer, can Oliver get you a drink?

Chelsea: Water is great. I’m a simpleton.

Sharon: Oliver, make that two, please. And perhaps that nice veggie tray and dip you made.

Oliver struts out with the refreshments, winking madly at Chelsea and pumping his biceps.

Sharon: First of all, congratulations on your outstanding performance of the heroine in my book. In all honesty, I admit to losing a few winks over who Triad Productions would choose to play Margot Montgomery in the book video of Mask of the Betrayer. There’s a lot more to the heroine than meets the eye. Margot is smart, business savvy, and has a strong sense of family and morals. Despite her natural beauty that radiates from within, she is somewhat na├»ve to the evils of the world. When she meets billionaire business tycoon Michael DeVeccio, she is blinded by his devastating charm and good looks. Throwing caution to the wind, she falls head over heels and right into a ghoulish trap. Tell us how it felt to play the role of Margot.

Chelsea: I felt really close to Margot. I felt like we had some real similarities in personality traits, flaws, and (in my imagination) looks. Hopefully, I matched the images in the minds of your readers.

Sharon: Did you feel any empathy toward Margot? Could you see yourself in real life being drawn into such a clever trap by a manipulative madman?

Chelsea: I hope I never have the opportunity to be drawn into a trap like that. To give you an accurate answer to that question, I think a lot of women can sympathize with Margot. Who wouldn’t love to have an attractive, wealthy, and sophisticated man sweep you off your feet? She seemed so innocent it’s hard for me to accuse her of stupidity for not being suspicious.

Sharon: Exactly. And that was precisely the feelings I hoped to evoke from readers. And I agree. What woman in her right mind wouldn’t be caught up in the whirlwind of all that charm? Now, tell us about the wedding scene. The huge and gaudy ring used in my book was the same ring found on the corpse of Lacy Diamond and his ex-wife. How did this make you feel?

Chelsea: Slightly disgusted and undervalued. If I was so special or unique to Michael why couldn’t he get me a different ring? Why did he have to give me the ring that had been on a corpse…?

Sharon: I know! And later in the book, Diego Santiago warns her of this very thing. Let’s chat about the pool scene. It’s dramatic and pivotal to the story. You looked truly terrified when Michael threatened you. Tell us about that scene.

Chelsea: The day we filmed this scene I just showed up, changed into the swimsuit and we started straight into filming. At this point I hadn’t had a real conversation with the actor who played Michael. Here I was in a swimsuit with a guy I had no relationship with. The start of the scene is when I am realizing that Michael is not the man I thought I had married. I knew that I had to make a decision or a plan to escape but before I could come to a conclusion Michael was there. Fumbling with my words, I throw out that I want a divorce. I realized my error right away and the rest of the scene I try to stay strong but, of course, my fear takes the upper hand. I know that he is going to kill me whether I present him with a son or not. How will I survive the next few weeks? I’m not sure, but for a start I just want to stay standing.

Sharon: You were great, playing it up to perfection. Let’s watch the video so we can see Chelsea Turner in action. Oliver, roll the video, please.

Thunderous applause explodes!

Sharon: Can you imagine in real life, a husband making such a demand on his wife? Give me a son or die! What would you do in real life if presented with such a barbaric demand?

Chelsea: I want to say I would RUN!!! But honestly, I think it would be pretty difficult to run from an incredibly wealthy individual such as Michael. He’d hunt me down in five minutes and I wouldn’t have any money to run away with. I would say my only option would be to have him sent to jail before he kills me.

Sharon: And finally, what was your reaction to the madman? What emotions went through you in order to get into character to act with him?

Chelsea: Since we hadn’t had a real conversation at this point, it was easy to be frightened, uncomfortable, and yet dangerously courageous at moments. Knowing death was imminent also played a huge role in how I reacted towards Michael’s threats. The biggest advantage was not knowing my co-star and not knowing what he was capable of. Just as Margot knew something big was going to happen during this conversation, but not knowing how big.

Sharon: Excellent answers!Thank you for joining me, Chelsea, and thank you so much for playing the role of my character with such articulation. Bravo!

Chelsea: Thank you! It was a pleasure to play such a well developed character. Best of luck to you!


Sharon Donovan said...

A warm welcome for Chelsea Turner! Oliver, please bring out the refreshments. We have water, coffee and tea. And chocolate chips, fresh from the oven. Chelsea will be happy to chat with you about how it felt to play the role of Margot Montgomery.

Hywela Lyn said...

Hello Sharon and Chelsea

- and Oliver of course. Thank you Oliver, mmm, chocolate chips, love 'em!

Chelsea, I loved your peformance in in the video of Sharon's book. You brought out Margo's innocence and inner strength perfectly. It was fascinating learning more about how you got inside her mind.

P.L. Parker said...

So fun interviewing the actors in your video. Very cool. The idea behind the book just gives me the willies.

Sharon Donovan said...

Welcome, Lyn and Patsy. Have a seat here in the parlor while we wait for Chelsea. And by all means, dig into Oliver's chocolate Chips. LOL

Miss Mae said...

Hi Chelsea,

I absolutely loved the way you played the pool scene. When Michael ran his hand over your midriff inquiring if you were pregnant, and the way you shifted away from him was obvious you found his touch repugnant. And how you stood stiff before him when his hand circled your throat, your neck muscles taut, your lips quivering. You conveyed barely leashed terror to a T! Loren was great as Michael, he convinced me he was a monster, but you portrayed the trapped victim brilliantly!

It's great to "meet" you, and I hope to see you in more of Triad's productions!

Debra St. John said...

HI Sharon and Chelsea,

Great interview, ladies.

Sharon, I just love that you did a video for your book. It really brings it to life and whets our interest for more!

Hello, Oliver, darling,(wink wink) you are looking dashing as always.

Sharon Donovan said...

I couldn't agree more, Miss Mae! Brilliant performance. Oliver, I do believe that calls for more chocolates, yes the strawberries you've double dipped!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Debra, thank you. I was very glad I made the decision to have a book video made for Mask of the Betrayer. Triad chose the perfect actors for my characters. Oliver blows kisses as he brings out the chocolates for all of his favorite ladies!

Mary Ricksen said...

Hey Chelsea and Sharon.
Oliver too, got my coolata??
Good luck Chelsea!

Chelsea said...

Mmmm! Chocolate Chip cookies. You knew I was coming Oliver.

Thanks Miss Mae & Lyn! It's always great to hear that from those who have read her book.

I couldn't agree more with Debra! I love that you did a video so that I could be introduced to your writings!

I'll be checking in later.

Linda Swift said...

I enjoyed this interview, Chelsea and Sharon. And I loved the video and the book. It was interesting to get into the mind of an actress who is portraying such a complex heroine in this horrifying plot. It scared me silly.

Sharon Donovan said...

Oh, Mary, don't pout! Oliver has your coolada coming right up with a smile. But he rushes to Chelsea with a fresh plate of chocolate chips and a roguish wink.
Chelsea, you have a lot of fans here who have read my book and feel you were the perfect choice for Margot. I'm sure it is quite challenging to play the role of a woman caught up in a web of fear with a madman! What is to become of Michael DeVeccio? Book two is about half baked and even I don't know for sure! But the opening scene is a wedding with guess who?

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Linda, welcome! Thank you for your kind words. I agree totally about Chelsea playing a complex heroine. I tried to put myself in Margot's shoes so many times throughout the book and would have freaked in real life. The video is awesome and I'll cherish it always. Have more chocolates and drinks, Oliver is happy to oblige!

Miss Mae said...

Chelsea, so glad you arrived. :) Love that photo, is it of you, hubby, and baby? Gorgeous! :)

What is your blog, Chelsea? Would love to visit!

Chelsea said...

Miss Mae, That is my little family! I wouldn't be who I am without them. They are part of my inspiration but I'm happy to say that they didn't come to mind during the pool scene. But they definitely did during the wedding scene.

Sharon Donovan said...

What a beautiful inspiration, Chelsea, one to be very proud of. What a beautiful family. Sadly, this brings us to the end of another Wednesday Spotlight. I would like to thank everyone for stopping in to chat. And a special thank you to my featured guest Chelsea Turner. It was great getting to know the woman behind Margot's mask. Again, you were the perfect choice and I could not be more pleased. Wishing you the best of luck in your acting career.
Until next time, may the luck of the Irish be with you as you travel through life.
Love and Blessings,