Archive for May 5th, 2008

When I told one of my good friends the title of my latest novella, “So I Dated an Axe Murderer”, the first thing she asked was, “Oh, is it based one of your own bad dates?” Um, gee, thanks. No, it’s not. But, I couldn’t really blame her. This year my New Year’s resolution was to find Mr. Right, and to that end, I’ve been on a dating mission ever since. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered I have a severe lack of luck (to put it mildly) in the dating department. I know, every single gal thinks she has crappy dating luck. But, mine goes way beyond that cute guy from the club not calling you back. I swear it’s not my fault. I go out into the world of men with the best of intentions. I have a list of all the things I’m looking for (confident, responsible, kind to children and small furry animals) and all the things I’m not (in a 12 step program, has ring shaped tan line on left finger, lives in a dwelling with the word “mobile” in it). Still, I somehow tend to attract the more interesting of the species.

There was Hairy, who was, well, let’s face it, a walking wookie. The hot tall, dark, and handsome guy who made my heart go pitter patter… until he committed a felony while out on a date with me. (I hate it when I’m called as a material witness.) There was Married And Dating Man, Homeless Guy, the Pirate (seriously, he was actually a board-your-ship-and-take-your-booty pirate), Heavy Metal Dude, and, last but not least, Ultimate Fighter Guy who had a body in his closet. Yep, you heard me right, a real body. I show up at his place for dinner, and he’s nowhere to be found. But a body falls out of his closet. I’m pretty sure that whoever the guy was he was just passed out drunk (and not DOA) but considering Ultimate Fighter Guy beats people up for a living, it was freaky enough to have me running for my life.

So, while “So I Dated an Axe Murderer” isn’t actually based on personal experience, I have to say I can totally empathize with my heroine, Kya. When she has suspicions that her new boyfriend may not be all he seems, I know exactly what she’s going through. Kya’s entire world turns upside down when a pair of hot stilettos prompts her to step out of her boring life as a geeky web designer and into the role of a jet-setting supermodel – complete with glamorous photo shoots, top agents, and a sexy hard-bodied boyfriend. But when a murder from the past resurfaces, Kya begins to wonder if her new life is all it’s cracked up to be.

You can read more about it Kya’s adventures in the modeling world in “So I Dated an Axe Murderer” in the THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR STRUTTING anthology. And if you want to read more about my adventures in the dating world, feel free to pop over to the Killer Fiction blog (http://killerfictionwriters.blogspot.com/) where I post my latest and greatest every Friday. And in the meantime, if any of you know a cute, single guy who digs writer chicks, feel free to pass on my number!

Gemma Halliday



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