One Life to Live’s Michael Easton (John) was this morning’s guest blogger on USA Today’s Pop Candy blog, where he writes on his fusion of being a soap opera star and graphic novel author with his new work, The Green Woman, due out in October. Here is an excerpt from Easton’s blog about meeting up his co-author, Peter Straub at One Life!
“Jump ahead to 2006, ABC Studios, New York City. On the set of One Life To Live, where I now play a character named John McBain. On the way to the stage floor one day, I see a man and his daughter in the hallway. They’re on a “behind the scenes” tour of the show. He looks familiar. I nod, and he says hello as I pass. Later that night, I go to my mailbox at the studio to pick up my script for the next week. Instead, there’s a book. It’s inscribed: To Michael Easton. Best Wishes, Peter Straub. Twelve years later, Koko strikes again. It takes me two months to write and say thank you. It stirred up a lot of memories (or perhaps I’m just an inconsiderate jerk), but I like to think it was the thoughts of her. I meet Peter for a drink and tell him the story. We have a few bourbons. We both like Pappy Van Winkle. We become fast friends. We have a few dinners. I meet his family. Peter actually watches One Life To Live. I tell the producers, and they write Peter onto the show as a recurring character named Pete Braust. He’s a good actor right out of the gate.”
The Green Woman is available for pre-order now at Amazon.com, and Michael’s other graphic novel, Soul Stealer is also available on the Amazon website.