I’ve decided that the new cover for Hell Holes 1: What Lurks Below is actually much better suited for Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. I am currently working with my cover artist on a new cover for book 1. I plan on posting two versions of the new cover and seeing which one my fans like best. Stay tuned.
Just finished Chapter 8: Revenge from Above of Hell Holes 3: To Hell and Back. Tomorrow I start on Chapter 9: Escape from Hell. I already have the action blocked out, although I have to make some changes based on changes I made in chapter 8. Only two more chapters that I haven’t started yet to go and I’ll be ready for editing and beta readers.
On July 5th, I received the draft outline of the movie script for my book, Hell Holes: What Lurks Below, from Leland Anderson. I’ve worked on it most of today and feel pretty good about the result so far: my version of Leland’s version of my story. It’s definitely been interesting reading someone else’s take on my plot and characters. It’s a little like the science fiction idea of an alternate timeline. And not that I’ve made a lot of small changes to it, Leland’s story has morphed into something that I feel I simultaneously wrote and didn’t write. Very bizarre. I hope if the movie ever gets made (and the story will certainly get changed again if it does), you like it as well as you like the book.
This Thursday, Goddess Fish Promotions is running a book blast in which 32 book blogs will be running posts about my book Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. This is my first promotion with them and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens.
I had a great time Friday Evening at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) mass autographing event following there Nebula Awards ceremony. Even sold one of my best wands.
If you’re in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 19th (a week from tomorrow), check out the mass SFWA autographing event. It is free and open to the public with over 70 authors signing (and selling) their books. I hope to see you there!
Michael Chamoy, the producer who is leading the effort to produce a movie script for my Hell Holes trilogy and then pitch the script to potential buyers, made two nice recommendations that I have just implemented in new drafts of my first two books. I have modified the magic aspects to make them alien demon technology (using Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law to tie the sci-fi and paranormal aspects together) and introduced a prime antagonist: the supreme ruler of Hell, the demon homeworld. As soon as my editor finishes her review of the changes, I shall issue new editions of the books, hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks.
On April 21st, Hollywood producers Michael Chamoy and Nat Mundel acquired the shopping rights to my Hell Holes trilogy with the ultimate goal of turning it into a major feature film. They are currently hiring a scriptwriter to produce the script and movie treatment based on the books over the next four to six months, after which they will pitch the film to prospective buyers such as studio execs and investors. I am particularly happy to have Mike as the producer for three reasons. First, he has experience on science-fiction movies (The Incredible Hulk) and TV series (Alphas) and therefore understands the genre. Second, he has already given me two excellent ideas for improving both the books and making the script more marketable: a way of tying the science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and horror together into a unified whole, and he opening my eyes to the value of having a primary antagonist to put a single face on the horde of nameless demons. Third, we hit it off during our initial telephone call in a collaborative way that convinced us that we can work well together. While the odds are always low that any single script will ever eventually make it into becoming an actual movie given the flood of scripts competing to be filmed, I have a good feeling about this and great hopes. If nothing else, the next year should be an interesting ride.
For the next couple of months, I am going to concentrate my writing on supporting the script writing process and making the associated changes to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below and Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. For example, I am putting together a “cheat sheet” for the Mike and the script writer on the characters, the demons, and Hell, the demon homeworld, which I hope will make it easier to capture my vision. I understand that the movie will be different than the books in terms of what’s included, emphasized, and changed to fit the media of film as opposed to books. Still, I’d like to minimize the unnecessary differences between the two.
My website was down for at least a couple of hours this morning. Apparently, WordPress updated their code, and the new code needed a new version of a plugin to work. My web hosting provider diagnosed the problem and fixed it for me. Go WhoIs; you rock!
Wednesday evening (April 12th), I will be having an hour long telephone conversation with movie and TV screen writer and producer Michael Chamoy, during which I will pitch my Hell Holes series as a movie or 3-part TV miniseries. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to talk to someone who has worked on both science fiction movies (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers) and the TV series Alphas.
While I realize that extremely few pitches are successful, I am cautiously hopeful. At the very least, I hope to learn my books’ potential marketability and how I can increase it and my pitch for any future attempts. Wish me luck.