Author has written 10 stories for Remington Steele.
"I always heard, 'Write about what you know.' I disagree. I say, write about what you love. You can always research the rest. If you're going to live with a character and a place for months on end, you'd better love them."
About me: I've been writing since I was four years old. Wrote fiction copiously as a child, but in junior high was persuaded by an English teacher that journalism was the way to go. (I hated it.) Was convinced still later by a French lit professor that academia was my destiny. I went as far as a year of Master's work in French literature before I switched to the study of screenwriting and a Masters in Communication Arts. And here I am today: fortunate that writing is what I do for a living, ad copy and PR, technical writing and newsletters, direct mail and magazine articles...hoping all the same that it's not too late to become a published novelist.
Maybe I'll give it a shot, once I've gotten Remington Steele out of my system.
I'm happy to report they did, at least in my imagination. The result is a series of eight Season 5 adventures (number nine is in progress) called Steele Inseparable.
Works in progress:
On the back burner, for now: The first installment of a multi-part AU called Our Lips Are Steeled which takes S4's “Bonds of Steele” in a new, more satisfying direction. Working title: "The Tie Steele Binds".
About Steele Inseparable: Imagine a fifth season continuation in which Remington and Laura have resolved the conflicts that have kept them apart and committed themselves to a real marriage. Imagine them finally admitting they love each other without undergoing a radical personality change in the process (i.e. morphing suddenly into characters from a romance novel or constantly talking about their "feelings".) Add to it faithfulness to canon and all the elements we loved about RS: partnership in the agency, detective work, relevant film annotations from Remington, mystery, suspense, witty banter, fiery arguments, tender romance...but without the arms-length, will-they-or-won't-they dynamic that fueled the show (and sometimes the viewers' frustration.) In its place: love scenes!
That's Steele Inseparable in a nutshell. Emphasis on "inseparable".
The story arc picks up at "the morning after" at Ashford Castle and takes the Steeles forward from that point. While each story in the series has its own self-contained conflict and resolution, they're also connected by the master story: the Steeles' battle with the villain of the piece, Tony Roselli. The final story chronicles the journey to the final confrontation, from which only one side will emerge victorious.
The universe also contains a prequel, "Requiem in Steele Major". It's meant to fill in the gaps, as I see them, that the series' writers left in "SWAK2". It begins after the sequence in which Steele declares of the caskets, "We'll take all three" and ends just after the final scene.
The short story "Notoriously, Steele", and its sequel, "Wife of Steele", are part of the SI universe, as well. They incorporate the character development that's taken place in the series between "Perspective" and "Shadows". However, they don't--nor are they meant to--advance the SI master arc (the conflict with Roselli).
For maximum effect, the stories are meant to be read in this order:
Steele Inseparable is for the most part unswervingly faithful to the RS series canon, except for one departure. In "Steele-in-Law" I chose to have Daniel reveal a different version of Remington's beginnings than the one presented in "Steeled with a Kiss 2". It was a deliberate decision to follow an avenue with Remington's character than hasn't been done before. There are so many versions in the RS fandom as it is of Daniel's ill-fated romance with Harry's mother; I wanted to provide a new twist. So, if you find that sort of dramatic license unacceptable, you may want to avoid "Steele-In-Law" and "Ancestral Steele".
Thanks for the milestones!
The asterisk (*) denotes one of the stories closest to my heart, which makes the total doubly special. Thanks, everyone!
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My favorite season: Though I count episodes from each of the first four seasons among my favorites, I prefer S4 as a whole, and, in general, above the others. There’s something particularly satisfying to me in the way in which the relationship was portrayed at that stage. A friend and fellow fan puts it very aptly: “there were such sweet assumptions of (their) relationship and tolerant affection for one another demonstrated in many ways.” I also prefer the more layered characterization of Steele, which had its roots in S3, and his more active involvement in the business.
My favorites, in no particular order:
How much longer will I write Remington Steele? Hard to say. As long as the possible adventures of Steele and Laura continue to fire my imagination, I suppose. Considering the number of ideas that have occurred to me, that may be quite a while. I appreciate your interest in my work in the meantime, and hope that you’ve found it as entertaining and satisfying to read as it has been to write.
About my alias: I write under a nom de plume which is combined from my maternal grandparents’ first names. (I also used them, my grandparents, as characters in “Ancestral Steele”). My grandmother, because she was always so eager for the newest “books” my four-, five- and six-year-old self produced, and gave me glowing reviews for I Hate Sandy, The Witch in the Woods, The Mystery of the Green Candles and The Ghost of Oyster Cove; my grandfather, because he’s the one from whom I inherited my love of reading and any gift I may have for storytelling.
Gilbert and Madeleine--"Gib and Dutch"--these are for you.