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    Monday, August 23, 2010


    Happy Monday, All!

    Time for a new "Behind and Beyond My Books" post.

    Last week, I launched this new blog series to give readers the scoop on the 'Why's' behind each of my storylines. I'm giving you the insider's peek at how authors choose their topics, plus letting you in on a little writer's secret...sometimes the topics choose us.

    For me, it's a bit of each, tossed together to create fun and fabulous, farcical, romcom adventures. I take topics I enjoy and ask quirky, LOL 'what if's'.

    Today's question: Why Blahniks?

    As you know by now, from my inaugural "Behind and Beyond My Books" post, me and my muses The Carrie Squad simply luuuvvv boots and bootscootin'!!! But c'mon now...we love bootscootin' Blahniks?!

    As in - Manolo Blahniks - the fabulous, but potentially lethal when dancing, queen of all stilettos?!

    Well...I'm blaming this completely on my muses as a perfect example of a topic choosing the author.


    'Cause my muses The Carrie Squad - remember they are named after fashionista goddess Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and The City fame - gotta have their Blahniks. And yes, as in Manolo Blahniks.

    My fetish may be boots and bootscootin'. But The Carrie Squad is about all-things-Manolo Blahnik.

    Here are some sexy, sassy, smart tidbits on Shoe King Manolo Blahnik and why he was the perfect fit of inspiration for my BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS' heroine, apparel designer Roxy Rae Vaughn:

    1. Manolo Blahnik has dominated all-things-shoe-design since he set-up his shop in London in the early 1970's.

    2. Like my Roxy Rae, Manolo works alone without assistants or apprentices, and is solely responsible for the design of every one of the thousands of shoes that bear his label.

    3. Manolo and Roxy Rae grew-up with the best of Paris fashion literally at their fingertips as both their parents were deeply involved in patronizing old school haut couturier as well as new, avant garde designers.

    4. Both Manolo and Roxy struggled to make ends meet when starting out by working in vintage clothes stores - Manolo in a not-so-trendy Paris shop and Roxy Rae in a tractor supply store in Nashville TN ( as the author, I stretched the comparison a bit here...I know what you're thinkin'...Paris and TN?!...but it works...and wow does Nashville have some fabulous, unique boutiques!).

    5. British Vogue said of Manolo's shoe designs, "If you're buying (his) shoes, employ a sense of humour." That's exactly the philosophy Roxy Rae uses for all her collections...especially her signature Buckles Me Baby belt-buckle lines.

    6. Manolo's designs are always stamped with his signature style and eclectic passions - a mixture of avant garde and re-worked classics. That's Roxy's every design. Her Raeve boutique customers might be buying just a belt-buckle. But they ain't seen nothin' til they see one of Roxy's Buckles Me Baby buckles.

    7. Every Blahnik shoe begins from a hand-drawn design of Manolo's that he usually creates from his home in Bath or his London office. In BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS, we often see Roxy working on her sketch pads in her home studio or in the backroom of Raeve.

    8. Madonna once said that a Manolo Blahnik shoe is "better than sex...and it lasts longer". BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS is full of great shoes (and boots), great apparel designs, and great sex too!!!

    ***Note: Thanks to for some of the above scoop!

    How's that for some fun and fabulous "Behind and Beyond My Books" tidbits?!

    There's a ton more all-things-Manolo Blahnik thru-out my debut novel BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS. (Hint: There's a big 'ole Louisiana crocodile that Manolo and Roxy Rae have a shared interest in too. Fun stuff!!!)

    To Go-Manolo...and Bootscootin' with me and my Carrie Squad, here are the links to BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS:

    Amazon’s Kindle Link

    Smashwords link

    So there you have it...BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS - Why Blahniks?

    Next time here at "Behind and Beyond My Books", we're going total CMT Country with a behind the page peek at 'Why Nashville TN?'

    Sexy Sassy Smart BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS Wishes --- D. D. Scott




    Blogger jaw said...

    Good Morning D.D., I really enjoyed your latest blog, as you continue to post your "why/where" answers to some interesting questions. It gives all of us some insight into your ideas for your writing.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:19 AM  
    Blogger D.D. Scott said...

    Happy BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS Monday, jaw, and thanks sooo very much for stopping to chat!

    My "Behind and Beyond My Books" posts are my answers to the question I'm asked the most in both my live appearances as well as on each guest blog I do.

    The question - 'How do you get your ideas?'

    Each writer does indeed have their very own muse source(s)...and as you can see, my sources come from all sorts of fun and fabulous, far-reaching places!

    The best part is...even I never know where the ideas are coming from next! That's part of the beyond amazing mystique of being a writer. My job is to just be open to whatever strikes me and my muses' fancy this time!

    Sexy Sassy Smart BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS Behind and Beyond My Books Wishes --- D. D. Scott

    August 23, 2010 at 7:49 AM  
    Blogger Em Petrova said...

    Love the ideas behind your book. Great post, D.D.

    August 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
    Blogger D.D. Scott said...

    Hi, Em!

    Happy Monday!!!

    Thanks for the sweet comments about my post and BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS' idea pools.

    Where do you get the ideas for your fabulous books?

    I'd luuuvvv to hear your "Behind and Beyond My Book" scoop...

    Sexy Sassy Smart BOOTSCOOTIN' BLAHNIKS and Behind & Beyond My Book Wishes --- D. D. Scott

    P.S. I'm a thinkin' I best start a new blog series featuring Guest Bloggers on this topic? Whatta ya say, Em? You game?

    August 23, 2010 at 11:20 AM  

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