Interview with Charmaine Gordon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born and raised in Chicago in the early forties where girls were meant to be the good daughters, wives, mothers and all I wanted to do was dance, sing and act. Biding my time-a long time-I didn’t spread my wings until as an Air Force wife, I wrote sketches and shows to entertain at the Officer’s Club. Years later after my youngest was sixteen, I had the courage to go to NYC, take classes at night to learn the craft of professional acting. Years of daytime drama, movies, plays off Broadway, and commercials prepared me for a new career. Almost four years ago, I signed with Vanilla Heart Publishing, a great home for my books and me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I’m a senior, when did that happen? And decided there are a gazillion stories about slim women and hunks in love but none about Mature Romance. So I wrote one, had a ball while doing it and instead of writing the End, I wrote The Beginning. . .Not The End. A series was born. Instant Grandpa is the first followed by Young at Heart and now Before the Final Curtain.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Survive and Thrive is one of my running themes. I do have a 3 book series Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch using the same characters. What a thrill to write each stand- alone book yet for them to be connected.
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Housebroken
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Series: River's Edge. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,380. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sally and Steve Atwood must make a big adjustment – a fair number of them, actually – when after thirty-five years, three grown children, and a lifetime of memories, they are alone, together, at last... And, then they found River’s Edge, a small town with big heart, stories to tell that will warm your heart, make you smile, and turn a dreary day into a day of hope for the Kindness of Strangers.
Farewell, Hello
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,220. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
That first kiss... that first incredible, agonizing, bellyache-making first kiss. Soon, Joy and Danny are inseparable, planning a future – a life, together. A kiss goodbye couldn’t prepare the highschool sweethearts for all that lay ahead. A family crisis, a tornado, and the Korean War brought their plans to a screeching halt, and changed their futures... but maybe not their forever.
The Beginning...Not the End, Volume 2
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three more stories in the Charmaine Gordon series of Mature Romance combined in one volume. No Time for Green Bananas, Book 4; She Didn’t Say No, Book 5; and Dr. D and the Dad, Book 6. These Charmaine Gordon stories of love, passion, and suspense starring sexy seniors are also available as singles in ebook.
Dr. D and the Dad
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A trip over a mound of sand on the beach begins a journey for Diane O’Rourke and Tony Flannigan. She’s a pediatrician, a bit over weight; he has a foster care home with three children under his sheltering wing... and a dark secret. Can they overcome the past and make the future work for them? They might just find the initial trip was well worth it.
She Didn't Say No
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,320. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Grace didn’t say no to the Big Man On Campus, Scott Dwyer. And then her life changed... Years later, a too-close encounter of an unpleasant kind with a skunk and Scott’s German Shepherd reunites the former lovers. What happens in between are their stories of beginnings and endings and love lost, then found.
No Time for Green Bananas
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,110. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Celeste Hamlin, seventy-five year old widow, has a goal... conquer the six mountains in the Saranac Lake region before deciding what to do with the rest of her life. Sixty-two year old Professor Paul Harris, meets the dynamic Celeste, and recalls the last words his wife said before she passed. “Find another love and begin again.” Will they begin again?
The Beginning...Not the End, Volume 1
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,890. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The first three stories in the series of Mature Romance combined in one volume. Instant Grandpa, Book 1; Young at Heart, Book 2; and Before the Final Curtain, Book 3. These Charmaine Gordon stories of love, passion, and suspense starring sexy seniors are also available as singles in ebook.
Before the Final Curtain
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,010. Language: American English. Published: September 20, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Book 3 in the series The Beginning...Not the End. Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.
Young at Heart
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 15,520. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book 2 in the series The Beginning...Not the End. Seventy year old Joyce Campbell expected her new left hip to heal at Helen Hayes Rehabilitation. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with the distinguished silver haired Collin Brody who wouldn’t give her a second glance. Until Kizzy, the therapy dog comes into Collin’s life…and into his heart. What happens next? The Beginning, Not the End.
Instant Grandpa
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Series: The Beginning, Not the End. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,650. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Summer at the Jersey Shore just got hotter… Take one widower grandfather, add two little grandkids, and widowed grandmother with a small granddaughter. Mix well. Stir in sun drenched beach days and moonlit nights. What have you got? A kite flying high with a new tail; an author writing a book to sort out emotions; a talented boy with his mother returned to claim the prize.
The Catch
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 6 · Charlie's Family Secrets, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,180. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Tom Donnelly, once known as The Catch – every woman’s dream guy, has fallen down every rung of the ladder he once worked so hard to climb. On New Year’s Day, he realizes just how far he’s fallen, and makes a list of resolutions to change his life. He vows to regain the trust lost from his family, his law firm, and his friends – and maybe even find the right woman this time.
Sin of Omission
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 5 · Charlie's Family Secrets, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,910. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2012 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
A twist of fate intervenes when Shelley keeps a secret that threatens to break apart the Costigans and her future. A mysterious client, Deanna Rose, enters Haven, victim of a savage beating under strange circumstances. Shelley investigate and finds Ms. Rose has an unsavory past. With the reputation and safety of Haven at stake, Shelley is at risk to lose everything and everyone she cares about.
Reconstructing Charlie
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 4 · Charlie's Family Secrets, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,050. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. "This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own." Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.
Now What?
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,740. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
I held his cooling hand and asked the two words spoken many times during our years together. “Now what?” This time there was no response. I was on my own for the first time. When my fingers touched his wedding ring, I slipped it off and held it in my fist. The gold band was warm. I clung to him. “Come back to me, dearest.” Sometimes what you wish for is more than you can live with.
Starting Over
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,300. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
Each morning, Emily Kendrick runs on the hard-packed sand of St. Augustine Beach to clear her mind and heal her heart. From the widow’s walk of the house perched high on the dunes, a man trains his binoculars on Emily…
To Be Continued
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Series: Women Who Survive and Thrive by Charmaine Gordon, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,750. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Literature » Drama
Elizabeth Malone wakes up the morning after an amazing night of passion with her husband of forty years to find a note: Dear Lizzie, it's not you, it's me. Abandoned by her husband, disappointed in daughter Susie's casual attitude Dad's having a mid-life crisis, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was. When Frank Malone returns, he's in for a big surprise!