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Debbie's Blog - Season 2, Episode 11: Stand and Deliver

The title of this episode couldn’t be more appropriate.   This is the episode in which I had to stand and deliver—literally.  For the first time ever I made an appearance in any of the movies or TV series, based on my books.  Okay, to be perfectly literal, I was sitting down, which was a good thing because my knees were knocking.  Take my word for it, acting isn’t as easy as it looks. 

First off there’s the nerve factor.   My line was thirteen words long and I could have messed up that single line thirteen different ways.   The moment the camera was on me my mouth went dry and I was convinced I had the horrified look of a trapped woman staring into the eyes of a serial killer.   

Secondly, there’s the repeat factor.  I swear that same scene was shot close to twenty times.  I had no clue there were that many angles from which a camera can shoot.   That single scene took hours, and I’m not joking.  Hours.  All these people surrounded me, swarming around me like flies at a 4th of July picnic:  Directors, camera men, hair people, make-up people, watching my every move.   By the time we were finished I was exhausted and so grateful I get to be an author and not an actor.

That said, despite stage fright and everything else, I had a fabulous time.  The cast and crew are such fun to hang with.  In fact, if asked again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.   Actually I’m thinking Emmy nomination . . .