Tomorrow, TITANIC RHAPSODY, my Titanic romance, is released from Ellora's Cave!!
It's been a long road to publication for this story...countless hours researching and re-writing, checking facts then checking them again...
I lived through the sinking of the ship many times and each time I'd get emotional...will my heroine, Katie O'Reilly, get into a lifeboat?
Will Captain Lord Jack Blackthorn, my hero, survive when the Titanic founders?
But imagine if you had actually lived through the tragedy just two weeks before? And you had to go through it all again...this time for a film!
That's what happened to Dorothy Gibson...here's her story:
Starring real life survivor, Dorothy Gibson, the silent film was called Saved from the Titanic and was shot in less than two weeks in black and white with color scenes. Unfortunately, the prints of the film were destroyed in a fire in 1912. No known footage exists. Only a few stills showing Miss Gibson wearing the same dress she wore that fateful night on April 15, 1912 when the ship sank.
Can you imagine wearing the same outfit you wore? Think about it. It would be like going to your high school reunion wearing your old prom dress.
The public loved it. They couldn’t get enough about the Titanic.
According to Moving Picture News, Dorothy was a model and belonged to a stock company before working for the Éclair Company of America (a film production company originally founded in France in 1907). She also worked in vaudeville as a singer/dancer and was a leading lady or “star” in her time, but she is remembered for surviving the Titanic.
I can’t forget Miss Dorothy Gibson, the film star who survived the sinking.
You see, Dorothy is making a comeback.
Quite a different reception than what she experienced 100 years ago when the actress returned to New York. I was surprpised what I found when I searched through the New York newspapers filled with stories about the disaster even before the Carpathia, the rescue ship, reached New York with the survivors aboard.
During those uncertain days when news was slowly filtering in, the newspapers were filled with pictures and stories about Society women, but not one mention of Dorothy Gibson.
What fascinates me is that Dorothy will be a character portrayed by Sophie Winkleman in the Titanic mini-series premiering here in the U.S. on April 14 & 15, 2012 on ABC-TV.
My, how times have changed.
Read an excerpt from TITANIC RHAPSODY here (the Prologue).