July 10, 2001 |
What could these women possibly have in common? Ness is a 6-foot African American blacksmith whose last boyfriend infected her with HIV. Nance is a Southern belle who couldn't live with a self-centered journalist but can't get him out of her mind. Beryl spent five years in prison for stabbing her abusive husband. (Her kitchen knife didn't kill him, though;he slipped on spilled beer and cracked his head.) Obviously, each woman is disillusioned with the male of the species.
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May 14, 2000 |
Jo-Ann Mapson, the best-selling author of five novels, including "Hank & Chloe" and "The Wilder Sisters," conducted her final Orange County book signing last week--at least it was her last signing as an Orange County resident. Mapson is joining a handful of other notable Orange County authors--T. Jefferson Parker among the most recent--who have pulled up stakes over the past decade and moved out of the county.
June 10, 1999 |
Watch your back, Larry McMurtry. There's another cowpoke in town who, for a good while now, has been steadily fixing to pick up where you left off. Her name's Jo-Ann Mapson and she's getting pretty fast on the draw. Trouble-ridden romance, as hurtful and risky as a green horse, is the subject Mapson has corralled. "The Wilder Sisters," her newest novel, travels along the same fence line as her other books.
July 26, 1996 |
Costa Mesa author Jo-Ann Mapson received good news from Hollywood this week. CBS and Warner Television have exercised their movie option on her 1994 novel, "Blue Rodeo," a love story between two middle-age people in a small New Mexico town. Pre-production is underway. Filming will begin Aug. 5 in Tucson, with Ann-Margret starring as Margaret Yearwood, a divorced mother struggling to overcome emotional estrangement from her teenage son, Peter.
May 20, 1996 |
"Shadow Ranch" is as romantic as any drugstore bustier-buster, but it masks its intentions with tragic events, a comic style, a cast of realistically dysfunctional characters and an acutely detailed Southern California background. Like Jo-Ann Mapson's first two novels, "Hank & Chloe" and "Blue Rodeo," this is a love story for grown-ups, propelled by the attraction between improbable lovers.
April 28, 1996
In your April 2 story about the spring edition of Manuscripts at Newport Beach Central Library, the program's co-chairs portray their twice-a-year series as "an alternative to the celebrity-oriented monthly Round Table West author luncheons at the Balboa Bay Club." We are always delighted to hear about programs such as the library's, with which we share a common cause to inspire young people to read more, encourage people to write and foster an appreciation to the literary arts. Frankly, the literary arts need all the help they can get today!