John and Marlena are on their way back, but not to television! Yup, that’s right. The characters played by legendary Days of our Lives stars, Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall will be among several MIA former Salemites who appear in the new novel called Salem’s Secrets, Scandals and Lies (Sourcebooks, Inc.). The book is due out in November as part of the NBC sudser’s 45th anniversay celebration. And here is the kicker, it is being written by the very talented former head scribe of DAYS, Sheri Anderson. Not only will John and Marlena’s fictional life be addressed. but so will other favorites who have been on the small screen canvas including: Belle, Shawn, Patch and Eric.
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Anderson at last weekend’s Daytime Emmys in Vegas, who teased she had a big announcement coming soon. Well that she did. And, In a new interview out with TV Guide Magazine she offered, “I love this kind of writing because it gives me total freedom with the characters. I can take them to any lavish locale in the world and I don’t have to worry about budget restrictions or actor contracts!” In the first of three novels, Anderson will center the opener with her new creation, teen heiress Charlotte “Charley”, who will develop an attraction to a very married Shawn.