PLEASE HOLD was the Writing Festival’s November 2015 Chapter 1 Novel Winner.
Watch PLEASE HOLD Chapter 1 Reading:
Novel read by writer Val Cole.
Get to know writer Tricia Stewart Shiu:
1. What is your novel about?
Steno pad. Check. #2 pencil. Check. Shrine to Mary Tyler Moore. Wait. What?
Sarah Marks, a top tier movie studio executive assistant, has a secret past, which is unearthed by a workplace bully, so she asks “What Would Mary Do?”
PLEASE HOLD, Winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Southern California Book Festival, offers an insider’s look at the world of high-level studio executive assistants and one woman’s struggle to make sense of it all. Has she come a long way, baby? Only Mary knows.
In this quirky slice of life story, award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu, draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.
Long book description:
Mary Tyler Moore inspired countless women (and shaped a generation) with her media presence and this is the basis for a unique book.
PLEASE HOLD, Winner of Best Unpublished Manuscript at the Southern California Book Festival, is the story of an ordinary, single woman, making it on her own in LA as an executive assistant in the entertainment industry, who just happens to have a shrine to Mary Tyler Moore.
The story is a ‘slice of life’ look into how far women have really come, how one woman handles the trials faced in the turbulence of show business and how she chooses to divine guidance.
Award-winning author, Tricia Stewart Shiu, draws from her extensive experience as a veteran, high-level executive assistant at one of the top six entertainment studios in Los Angeles.
2. Why should this novel be read by people?
Not only does PLEASE HOLD offer a rare glimpse into the world of top tier gatekeepers, it also serves as a reminder that spirituality comes in many forms and no one should judge another before knowing the full story. Everyone’s journey to her own truth is layered and we all choose our path based on the highest form of guidance available. As we grow, so does our guidance.
3. How would you describe this novel in two words?
Quirky & Illuminating
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. How long have you been working on this novel?
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
It’s a tie between
A Portrait of An Artist by James Joyce
Generation X by Douglas Coupland
7. What motivated you to write this novel?
I watched a documentary about the women’s movement in the 1970s and the Equal Rights Amendment and was inspired to write about my own experiences (in fictional form, of course) working with some of the most influential executives in the entertainment industry.
8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Human Rights, Self-Healing, Spiritual and Personal Growth.
10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?
My publicist Scott Lorenz.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Stay passionate and connected to the source of your idea. Your plot, characters and details may make their own journey, but if you are connected to the initial reason for writing the book, article, screenplay or script (and why you write in general) you will retain a sense of authenticity. This will carry you through any challenges that arise.
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