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posted Sep 4, 2013, 6:03 PM by Beth Sartor Obermeyer   [ updated Sep 17, 2013, 7:22 AM ]

"Goodness, but I think your interview was the most fun one I've done all summer! Sensational!" Christina Hamlett, From the Authors, Pasadena

"Fantastic interview; questions and answers. Shades of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker." Bill Kunerth, Professor, Journalism, retired; Iowa State University

Interviewer: Christina Hamlett

Based in Pasadena CA, Christina is a former actress/screenwriter; an award-winning writer, instructor, script consultant; and her credits include 26 books, 133 plays, 5 films and hundreds of articles that appear in trade publications around the world.


Q: The Days of Song and Lilacs is a lovely title. What’s the story behind it and what inspired you to share your story with others?

A:  In Mason City, Iowa, in 1954, everyone seemed to have two things in abundance: music and lilacs.  Those nubby blossoms nodded along every alley, guarded each yard, I even think they made us dizzy!  And those marching bands practiced like mad, down most every street by day; and piano music floated through the sash of every window at night.  And live entertainment was everywhere, pre-television, served up like dessert—at Vivian’s Bridal Shower, Farmers’ Round-Up, Stunt Night in the Park.  I got to tap-dance out almost every night!  And, to boot: I lived down the street from Meredith Willson, who was composing his beloved The Music Man for Broadway, and—we had the same accompanist, the elderly Mabel Kelso.  Who could ask for anything more?   I was 12 years old.

Q: What ignited – and zealously fueled – your unabashed passion for wanting to tap-dance all the time?