How I Got Published: Charmaine Gordon


Charmaine Gordon is an eclectic writer. The scope of her novels ranges from contemporary women’s  fiction, sexy seniors, romantic suspense, mystery and thrillers and  she’s written several stories about dogs and their capability as therapy dogs to heal.

Charmaine started her career as a singer.

My first big movie I sang Happy Birthday to Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and during a break, I danced with Harrison Ford. Other movies brought me close to Anthony Hopkins and Billy Crystal. I was in a short scene in Fatal Attraction, last day of shooting and had a great chat with Michael Douglas. It was definitely a sweet time. What a time! And then toward the end of a wonderful play off Broadway, I noticed my fine voice sounded strange. The next day I went to a doctor. The diagnosis was spasmodic dysphonia and that ended my acting career and broke my heart.

A friend suggested I write a book. I thought, terrific but I don’t know how. But after all the scripts I’d learned over the years, why not try. A story came to me and never let go. 


The first book Charmaine got published was To Be Continued

To Be Continued was finished, query letters went out with a few rejections. Call me lucky. It didn’t take too long before Vanilla Heart Publishing, a small company on the West coast, requested a few chapters and soon she wanted the whole manuscript. Good with dialogue after all the scripts I’d read and stage directions and so much more helped in my first story. Good fortune struck when Vanilla Heart Publishing offered a contract for “To Be Continued” and I’ve been with them for almost three years.

That was 2009 and she has since published 24 books!

TBC front cover

Elizabeth Malone wakes up the morning after an amazing night of passion with her husband of forty years to find a note: Dear Lizzie, it’s not you, it’s me. Abandoned by her husband, disappointed in daughter Susie’s casual attitude Dad’s having a mid-life crisis, Beth decides to re-establish herself as the winner she once was. When Frank Malone returns, he’s in for a big surprise!

For more information on Charmaine visit her Amazon page. 

13 thoughts on “How I Got Published: Charmaine Gordon

  1. Wow, what a story. It goes back to the old adage. . .’When one door closes, another opens’ . 🙂 Off to check out her books. This one here sounds like the same type of story like your books Carol. My kind of reading. 🙂


  2. Thanks to all of you for responding to How I Got Published. Carol and I had a great time visiting and putting my story together. To be Continued has been optioned for a Television movie. We’ll see what happens. You never know. I just keep on writing.
    Best to all and thanks, Carol, for bringing me all the way to Canada for a visit.


  3. Amazing story! Indeed, one door closes and another one opens… Must not have been easy…but she did it!


  4. I like stories where romance and mystery happen in the same book. The dog on the cover is adorable, too. Best of continued luck, Charmaine and thank you, Caro,l for a fantastic introduction. 🙂


  5. Very intrigued with this writer. Who wouldn’t be? Thanks so much for sharing. Going to try and pick out one book of hers to start, how difficult! Maybe the first … I like to start at the beginning, must be the editor in me. Thank you, Carol.


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