Kristine M. Smith was a fan who became a friend and personal assistant to to DeForest Kelley, the original Dr. McCoy. Smith has already written one memoir on Kelley, and in an interview with the Australian Newsletter SciFi Reporter she announced she is working on another where she wants fan to submit stories. Smith also opined on how new Dr. McCoy, Karl Urban as some big shoes to fill.
Smith on Urban:
The Sci Fi Reporter: Karl Urban is to play Dr McCoy in the upcoming Star Trek film, is there an aspect of Dr McCoy you would like to see portrayed?
Kristine M Smith: Karl has very large shoes to fill. Trying to capture the essence of McCoy again will be quite a daunting task because he was subtly and not so subtly, so many things to so many people… Bones was all over the place as a character… from tender to tough to humorous to haunting, from confused and nervous to utterly prepared to die to save someone else. I pray Urban has the time of his life, because I know De did in the role.
Smith on her new Kelley memoir:
SFR: Are you currently working on any new projects Kris?
KS: Yes, I am working on two books. The first is another DeForest Kelley book titled THE ENDURING LEGACY OF DeFOREST KELLEY: ACTOR, HEALER, FRIEND. I am seeking submissions from friends, fans and co-workers who knew or met De for this volume, because I envision the book as a “keepsake memento” from the people who knew De (or who just loved him and/or interacted with him from afar) to De’s newest fans, those that fell for him as a result of the re-mastered and re-released original series episodes. The new fans never had a chance to see him on stage, or to meet him or to read an interview with him in a magazine, so this new book is my attempt to get those of us who knew or heard or saw him to be able to confirm that he was genuinely as wonderful human being as people say he was. I’ve already received about a dozen submissions and several of them have had me in tears… It will be a fantastic book, and I encourage more submissions. The deadline to submit is March 5, 2009. And don’t worry if you’re not a writer, if you do want to submit a remembrance or anecdote. I will edit and we’ll work on it together until you feel it’s exactly the way it should be from your perspective.
Send your submissions to me at KRISTINEMSMITH AT MSN DOT COM.
The rest of the interview with Smith can be found in the latest SciFi Reporter Newsletter The SciFi Reporter is put out by Terra Nova Events, for more info visit their site.
You can also visit Smith’s blog.