In England, nearing the end of World War II, Richard Swan and his wife Nora were in a terrible car accident that claimed his life and left her blind.  It is now 1951, Nora lives in New York City, and an old friend of Richard’s comes into her life with the shocking news that Richard was an OSS Operative and he was in fact, murdered to keep what he knew a secret … and now, those killers were after Nora!  But Why?!?

Hi, Tracy here — I’m back again :).  This time I bring you “Nora Swan: Murder Most Personal”.

But before I can tell you about the making of this little gem, it’s important to bring you up to speed on something else … you see, Judie has always had this … affliction, if you will.  The kind that prevents anyone from wanting to watch movies and tv programs with her, especially murder mysteries.  She inevitably ALWAYS figures out the plot and the who-dun-it within the first 10 – 20 minutes of the program and before she thinks it through, blurts it out, ruining it for the rest of us!  Do not fret friends, we’ve been working on her for some time and I think it is safe to say that she is now a recovering plot-spoiler!

One day, Gary said to her, “why don’t you write a murder mystery and see who gets your plot before you’re ready.”  He was kidding at the time, but the idea stuck with them both and one day, Judie woke from a heavily dream-filled sleep, “I wrote a murder mystery last night,” she says to him over a cup of tea (coffee for him, creamy through an I.V. lol).  There was a time this would have had him giving her the oddest looks, with much confusion and a stammered, “just last night?”  But not now.  The general plot points were shared and the two of them got right to work on filling in all the details and bringing the characters to life.

One day during this creation process, I walked in the office and wound out standing quietly in the back, watching and trying to contain my laughter.  I find them quite amusing.  She was so focused, “no no no, the blood will spatter that way and it’s all wrong,” to which Gary replies, “but if you shoot from this direction then [so and so] is in the way (yes I just censored myself to save the story for you … will wonders never cease lol).  They went on and on about weapons, blood spatter, angles and the like, “bad time?” I asked, to which she replied, “I can’t talk right now, I’m murdering someone.”  I just started to chuckle, thinking “oh I hope homeland security isn’t eavesdropping, they just wouldn’t understand.”

Turns out, they weren’t just plotting murder … in their story that is … they were doing a full scene diagram with little shapes that denoted different types of furniture, little people and moving and placing them about to make sure they got the staging right … that it all made sense.  I hope they saved those little pieces, could be fun years down the road to stumble across them.

In any event, there’s another little snippet for you from behind the scenes with the Judie and Gary hour.  Perhaps next time I’ll delve into a meeting that has Gary on the trampoline, or laying on the floor under the desk all while Judie is … well … flailing :).

Hope you’re having a wonderful day and look forward to working with ya!

All my best,
Tracy Renee