Thursday, September 8, 2011
Denise Hamilton Does A Little DAMAGE CONTROL
(2) Politicians often have groupies. Edwards had male as well as female groupies.
Susan: But it’s not all politics. Tell us about Maggie Silver’s love life.
Susan: So is that really how much they charge?
Denise: Some do. It’s on par with what celebrity lawyers. Another route is to keep the PR firm on a retainer. Say $10,000 a month. Whether or not they clean up any messes that month.
Denise: Actually, I often pare them back. It makes me blush too much when I re-read them.
Susan: So will Damage Control make readers blush?
Denise: Hmmm…there’s a nighttime scene in an infinity pool with a great view high in the Hollywood Hills. A little Laphraoig has been consumed. And well, some people forgot to bring their bathing suits.
Susan: Ha! Love it! Maggie’s also a big fan of perfume. Stealing from life there, are you, Denise?
Denise: It’s true! I got a day job last year – as perfume columnist for the Los Angeles Times. (http://www.denisehamilton.com/perfume/ ) It’s monthly, which leaves me plenty of time to bludgeon, stab, poison, run over and shoot people.
Susan: That is so cool! What sparked this perfume interest?
Denise: I’ve always had a keen aesthetic appreciation for smells. My mom had a shelf of classic French perfumes, and I’d amuse myself for hours as a child, sniffing them. Putting on perfume for me was always part of getting dressed. But I tumbled down the fragrant rabbit hole into obsession when I bought a bottle of Donna Karan’s Chaos at a thrift store for $29.95. It was discontinued and selling for $250 on ebay so I kept spritzing it to see what made people go nuts for this blend of spices, incense and woods. The fifth day, I suddenly got it. And then I began collecting. I find perfume online, at antique shops. Friends give me their grandmothers’ old bottles. Half-century-old perfume can still smell divine if it’s kept away from heat and light. So then I made Maggie Silver a budding perfumista. And that sniffer of hers comes in handy by the book’s end.
Susan: Will you ever bring back your series sleuth Eve Diamond?
Denise: I’ve got three projects in the works. It depends on what Scribner would like next. Thanks so much, Susan, for giving me the opportunity to be an honorary Stiletto-for-a-Day. Y’all are very kind.