I was born in a blizzard and spent many long winter days reading.
Forget Madeleines! Trenary Cinnamon Toast is a Yooper's "Proustian Memory" -- one taste sends us back in time. It was our teething biscuit. Grandfathers would dip it into a saucer of coffee for us. Coffee and Trenary Toast -- they are a Yooper's "all powerful joy" that Proust wrote about in Remembrance of Things Past: Swann's Way.
When I got the idea for Joy on Paper -- a radio program for writers and those who dream of writing -- the idea just popped into my head at 4:15 one morning. I had no experience in the radio business or in the publishing world.
But I was a reader. Just like Beatrice Potter the author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit, I was reading almost before I could walk. Comic books by the age of two and at the age of five my mother's paperback books -- lots of Perry Masons by Erle Stanley Gardner. I have read at least 10,000 books. I know because at one time I counted 6,000 books in my collection. (When we made our move from Texas to Florida I finally whittled the number down by giving almost 2,000 paperbacks to charity.)
For years my family would ask me why -- oh, why! -- did I collect books. As I moved from one country to another my books, like Mary's proverbial lambs, followed me. Now I know why.
One of the JOYS of my life is reading and my goal in starting Joy on Paper is to share that joy and to encourage readers to read and writers to keep writing.
From the time I started my first paper route at the age of 7, I have been working on one project or another. Just as I have an eclectic taste in literature -- Russian classics, fantasy, thrillers, YA, kid's books, romance and non-fiction -- there are so many things that interest me. I have created companies and developed projects overseas. I was a homeschool mom. I have four patents for medical devices and more on the way. I have always been the type of person who finds joy in accomplishing things. That is why when I got the idea for doing a radio program it was the word that came into mind. Joy on Paper is about the joy that all writers feel when they put something on paper and just sit back and marvel that they have created something. It's a glorious feeling.
I like to end my radio program with these words: "Find your joy and share it."
I hope you find yours...and then write a book about it and become a guest on Joy on Paper...
A life-style television program..
Jonathan Chambers, Producer
Debbie was so lovely -- a week before she passed away she called the studio to wish my listeners a Happy New Year!
My gorgeous husband sure looked like an Executive Producer in this photo taken in Florida where we were going to film The Sunshine Pilot on location at Kermit Week's Fantasy of Flight.
A full-length feature film originally written for Debbie Reynolds.
Jonathan Chambers, Producer
A docu-drama for television...
My beautiful Goddaughter:
She is a talented writer who is passionate about her writing.
She has won NaNoWriMa two years in a row.
I am very proud of her!