Victoria Rowell Unveils Calysta Jeffries, star of her new Novel Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva
Reading Group Guide
Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva tells the story of Calysta Jeffries, an actress who plays onscreen soap diva Ruby Stargazer on television’s popular soap opera, The Rich and the Ruthless. The story begins at the Sudsy Awards, the fictional version of the Daytime Emmy Awards. Calysta is up for best actress and after fifteen years of hard work and good acting, she deserves it. The drama unfolds when the award goes to Calysta’s onscreen/offscreen rival Emmy Abernathy. What follows is a dramatic, passionate, emotional and hilarious story of one woman’s journey to make amends with the past and discover what it means to be happy and fulfilled.
Questions and Topics for Discussion
- The story opens at the Sudsy Awards with Augustus Barringer whispering predictions to Calysta: “The night belongs to you, kid . . . I can feel it” (p. 3). Did this opening scene assure you of Calysta’s win, or did you get the sense she would lo