A day in the life of Colette Freedman
I would love to say that there are typical days, but I find that no one day is identical to the last. I am a little different from many other writers, because I am also an actress, and living in Hollywood, I try to balance the two worlds of acting and writing.
What I can say fairly definitively is that each day starts with a cup of coffee and it ends with a glass of wine. I can also add that every day, I will walk the dogs several times and I will write several hours.
If I have no auditions, I will wake up, walk the dogs and write. I generally do my best work between 8am and noon. My brain is sharpest, my dogs are quietest and I am the most focused and least distracted. Because I generally work on several projects in a day, I will devote the morning to the project which is in the priority spot. This spot often switches depending on deadlines and getting over the difficult parts in the story.
By noon, I usually need a break, so I’ll take a walk, go for a swim, meet a friend for lunch or go for a long bicycle ride.
That’s often when auditions come along and I’ll quickly “put on my face”, jump in my car and head to an audition. It would not be usual to have to wait an hour or more for the casting director to see me, so, I bring along my iPad and edit something I’ve written the day before. Other actors knit or gossip or zone out. I use the time to write. Most recently, I had a small part in Sean Hanish’s Return to Zero, acting alongside Minnie Driver and Kathy Baker. While I waited for my scene to be shot, I sat in my trailer and worked on my book. Rather than scarf down three donuts at Craft Services, I used the waiting time to complete a chapter of Sister Cities, my next novel, and to rewrite a scene for the musical I’m working on.
If I’m not out on a job or in a meeting (there are A LOT of meetings in Los Angeles), after lunch I’ll jump into my second project. Currently, I’m working on a novel, a screenplay and a musical. In the afternoon, I’ll usually focus on the screenplay.
After a few hours of getting into the psyche of the Oscar winning actress on whom I’m doing a biopic , I’ll take another break and garden or catch up on social media, checking into Facebook and Twitter or Pinterest. Some writers find this a chore; I don’t. I love the immediacy which allows me to connect with readers. Also, I find it uses a different part of the brain so I can listen to music and relax.
Then dinner and, afterwards, a little more writing.
Currently, I’m writing the book for a musical, and I will often meet my partner in her studio and go over her music with my lyrics, take notes, move on to the next song and set up for the next scene.
When I come home, I’ll have a glass of wine, turn on the tv and binge watch. I just finished House of Cards and I am now watching Scandal.
It might not seem like it, but there is a rhythm to the days. But, and no matter what else I am doing, I am always writing. That’s what I do.
About the Book
Title: The Consequences
Series: The Affair, book 2
Author: Colette Freedman
Age Group: Adult
Publication Date: January 28, 2014 by Kensington
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US | B&N
In the riveting follow-up to her acclaimed debut novel, Colette Freedman explores the aftermath of infidelity from three different perspectives–husband, wife, and mistress.
The end of an affair may be only the beginning. . .
Over the course of one tumultuous Christmas Eve, Kathy Walker confirmed her suspicions about her husband’s affair, confronted his mistress, Stephanie, and saved her marriage. She and Robert have eighteen years, two teenagers, and a film production business between them–plus a bond that Kathy has no intention of giving up on. Yet though Robert is contrite, Kathy can’t quite silence her doubts.
While Robert reels from his wife’s ultimatum and his mistress’s rejection, Stephanie makes a discovery: she’s pregnant. Her resolve to stay away from Robert wavers now that they could make a real family together. And in the days that follow, Stephanie, Robert, and Kathy must each reckon with the intricate realities of desire, the repercussions of betrayal, and the secrets that, once revealed, ripple through lives and relationships in thoroughly unexpected ways.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). The film version has been optioned and is in pre production.
She has co-written, with International bestselling novelistJackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).
Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013.