22 Jun

A Bit About Me

Vivian Rhodes

Vivian Rhodes

Vivian Rhode, who holds an M.S. degree from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communication, is a published mystery novelist and Emmy-nominated television writer. Her Lifetime movie, Stolen from the Womb aired in June 2014. Her recently republished novel, Groomed for Murder is available as an e-book on Amazon and is now being considered as the basis for a pilot for an online video service. Vivian lives in Los Angeles and writes about all things nostalgia- from film noir to vintage toys- on her blog, Rhodes Less Traveled.
Vivian Rhodes

It occurred to me recently that though I’ve just begun blogging and writing movie reviews for Coffey Talk, most of you know very little about me so I thought I’d share a little of my background with you.

I’ve worn many hats throughout my life: wife, mother, daughter, sister,
friend, tutor, teacher, production assistant.  I bartended one night
(Quit when the owner informed me that due to his ‘broken arm’ I’d be
expected to assist him in buttoning and unbuttoning his fly for the next
few weeks) I helped costume a movie, and I was a game show contestant
(three times, winning big on Name That Tune.)

In my lifetime, however, there is one hat I’ve
always worn: that of a writer. I’ve been writing as far back as I can
remember; I even wrote class plays back in elementary school. I’ve
written for the soaps (As the World Turns, General Hospital,) for one
sitcom back in the eighties, (It was called ‘You Again’ and it starred
John Stamos and Jack Klugman; when asked about it I like to say that if
you sneezed, it was off the air,) and I’ve been published in the Op-Ed
section of the L.A. Times.
I also collaborated with my late husband,
Rick, a brilliant and prolific TV and Film composer who won five Emmy
Awards in his lifetime (I was nominated twice but didn’t win. What they
say about its being just as much of an honor to have been nominated?
Not so much, although one time I lost out to Kenny Loggins ‚¬Â¦I thought
that was pretty impressive). In addition to songs, Rick and I worked
together on a musical entitled UG the Caveman Musical, written by TV
writer/producer, Jim Geoghan. It debuted here in L.A. in 2007 and did
fairly well; UG is performed throughout the country and hopefully it
will play locally again some time soon.

When Rick succumbed to brain cancer in 2005
my world went dark and remained so for quite some time. It took me a
year before I could read a book, and almost two years before I could listen
to music again (I still can’t listen to his.)

With the encouragement of my daughter, Allie, I eventually found my way back to writing. I made my first book, Groomed for Murder available as an ebook, I began a blog called Rhodes Less Traveled,  I joined a writers’ group, and I sold my first screenplay (it aired as a Lifetime movie, Stolen from the Womb, a year ago this month.  Presently I’m hard at work revising my new novel, a psychological thriller.

I hope you’ll keep reading my blogs and reviews.  A big thank you to Lissa for providing me with this platform.



PS  If you’d like to check out Stolen from the Womb go to



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