Come, if you will, and experience a psychological suspense novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula wilderness. An excellent novel titled The Marsh King's Daughter. The author, Ms. Karen Dionne, is a member of the International Thriller Writers as board of directors. She is also the co-founder of the online writers community Backspace. She was honored by Michigan Humanities Council for her body of work as a writer and co-founder of Backspace. So far she has written books such as Freezing Point, Boiling Point, The Killing: Uncommon Denominator. Her short fiction so far is titled Calling the Shots. Her latest novel is The Marsh King's Daughter and it will be release to the masses on April 17th 2018. So I hope you take this time and get to know a bit about this great author and her latest masterpiece, The Marsh King's Daughter.
1. What inspired you to write The Marsh King’s Daughter?
I actually woke up in the night with the first sentences of The Marsh King’s Daughter fully formed in my head: "If I told you my mother's name, you'd recognize it right away. My mother was famous, though she never wanted to be. Hers wasn't the kind of fame anyone would wish for--Jaycee Dugard, Amanda Berry, Elizabeth Smart--that kind of thing, though my mother was none of them."
I wasn’t dreaming about this character, she was just there, talking to me. In the morning, I wrote up a few paragraphs in which she told me more about herself, and these sentences and paragraphs are now the first page of the novel.
I’ve always been fascinated by stories of people who rise above a less-than-perfect childhood to make something of themselves, and I think this is one of the reasons this character spoke to me so strongly. Helena is the daughter of a kidnap victim and the man who took her, who grows up in complete isolation for twelve years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wilderness, so in creating a new life for herself as an adult, she certainly has a great deal to overcome.
2. Was The Marsh King’s Daughter the original title or were there other titles?
The Marsh King’s Daughter is the book’s original title, and I’m very happy to see that it is also going to be the title of the movie. The title comes from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale of the same name, which I used to structure the book.
“The Marsh King’s Daughter” is one of Anderson’s longer fairy tales, in which the main character is the daughter of an Egyptian princess and the evil Marsh King. By day, the girl is beautiful like her mother, but has her father’s wicked, wild temperament, while at night, she takes on her mother’s gentle nature in the guise of a hideous frog.
In my novel, Helena is also the product of an innocent and a monster. Genetically, she is half her mother, half her father, and like the Marsh King’s daughter in the fairy tale, she struggles with her dual nature.
3. What do you want readers to get out of reading The Marsh King’s Daughter?
While The Marsh King’s Daughter is dark psychological suspense, it’s also a father-daughter story, and I’d love readers to reflect on their own parent-child relationships when they finish reading.
Helena loves her father unconditionally for her first twelve years, even though he is a very bad man who doesn’t deserve her love. As an adult, when her father escapes from prison and she is forced to use the hunting and tracking skills he taught her as a child against him, she’s still torn. She knows he belongs in prison for the things he’s done; yet in remembering what she considers to have been a happy childhood, she still has feelings for him.
So, while the novel can be read as a straight-up thriller, Helena’s relationship with her father is very complicated, allowing lots of room for reflection after the book is done.
4. Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a beautiful, secluded writing room in an outbuilding on the back of our property where I do most of my writing. That said, some of my most best ideas have come to me while sitting on a log in a forest. There’s something about being in the natural world that is very inspiring!
5. What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Do you have a favorite book now?
My reading has always been very eclectic. I loved The Boxcar children when I was growing up, though I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, including books from my parents’ bookshelves which were definitely not suitable for a child, such as James Michener’s epic Hawaii.
As for what I like to read now, I enjoy any well-written story that takes me to another world. Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Paulette Giles’ News Of The World are recent standouts.
6. What’s the best advice you have ever received about writing?
David Morrell, author of First Blood and creator of the character “Rambo,” once told me: “Make it real.” I think this is the key to writing good fiction. Many readers have said that as they were reading The Marsh King’s Daughter, they thought the book was a memoir, and actually had to go back and check to see if the story was true, or if it was fiction. I take that as the highest compliment!
7. What do you think makes a good novel?
Good fiction happens when great characters and storytelling evoke in the reader an emotional response. The reader has to feel what the characters are experiencing in order to get swept up in the story. In my opinion, the best novels are the ones that make you care as much about what happens to the characters as if they were family members, or dear friends.
8. What would you do if you ever stopped writing?
I’d travel the world exploring the various natural environments: the mountains, the deserts, the oceans – the more remote, the better!
9. Congrats on your book The Marsh King’s Daughter being made into a feature film, what are your thoughts about Oscar winner Alicia Vikander as the lead character?
I’m thrilled that Alicia Vikander is going to star as Helena in The Marsh King’s Daughter movie and think she will be fantastic in that role. She’s so incredibly talented, as is everyone associated with this project. I can’t wait to see how she brings Helena to life on the screen.
10. Would you like to make a cameo in the film?
I know a lot of writers have made very brief appearances in their films, but I’m definitely more comfortable behind a camera than in front of one. For me, visiting the set while the movie is filming would be a highlight.
11. What scene from the novel are you looking forward to seeing on the big screen?
While I definitely have my favorite scenes in the book, I’m trying not to think too much about seeing them on the screen, because I know the movie won’t be a recreation of my novel, but rather will be based on the book. No doubt there will be many scenes that won’t make it into the movie for various reasons, so I’ll just have to wait and see!
12. Have you ever considered writing a novella or even writing a screenplay?
I was happy to hand off the screen adaptation of my novel to the people who know what they’re doing because I’m a novelist through and through. I love the way the novel’s long form allows room for extensive character development, as well as getting inside the characters’ heads to really dig deep into what they’re thinking and feeling.
13. Last question, which novel/novella/short story have you read that you would like to see a film adaptation (besides yours, of course)?
I recently read The Hunger, by Alma Katsu, a reimagining of the Donner party tragedy with a supernatural twist, which was FANTASTIC. I’d love to see this tense and gripping story on the big screen!
All the best to Ms. Karen Dionne for The Marsh King's Daughter and the movie adaptation of the novel as well. All of you should definitely give this book a try. I also like to take this moment to thank Ms. Karen Dionne for stopping by to answer my questions. I really hope you all got an insight of her and her novel as well. Take care and I hope you are having a great day so far. Thanks again and stay blessed.
I'm happy to introduce you guys a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Mr. Gregg Olsen. He has, so far, written eighteen books and novels, a novella, and written a short story. He has been a guest on Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, A &E's Biography, CBS 48 Hours and much more. Now, he is here, on novelpro.weebly.com, to present to you his most thrilling novel yet, The Last Thing She Ever Did. After reading this interview, I hope you also read the excerpt to this wonderful novel and see why you need to get a hold of the book now. Here's the excerpt of The Last Thing She Ever Did from goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/35158801-the-last-thing-she-ever-did
1. How did you come up with the idea for The Last Thing She Ever Did?
I saw a news story about a young man who accidentally backed over his two-year-old in the family’s driveway.
2. Did you do any research on The Last Thing She Ever Did? If so, how long did you spend researching before starting the novel?
No real research on this one. Some require a lot of research. This one came to me in a flash. I set the book in Bend, Oregon, because my family has vacationed here many times in the summer. I love the idea of something sinister taking place in a beautiful location.
3. How did you select the names of your characters in The Last Thing She Ever Did?
That’s a hard one. I actually look for names that are appropriate to the ages of the people I am writing about. Sometimes I’ll look on the internet to see what name was popular in a given year – the age of my characters.
4. What is your writing process like for The Last Thing She Ever Did?
My process is always the same. I write in weekend sprints. I map out a schedule of weekends that I’ll need to get the book done. I’ll track my word count and push myself to the max to get it done.
5. How many hours a day do you write?
On the weekends, ten hours a day. During the week, a little rewriting here and there in the evenings.
6. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Maybe work at a restaurant. Or in retail. I like people.
7. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
You can write fiction. Just do it.
8. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time writer?
For most of my career, I’ve always had a full-time job. That’s why I do my novel writing on the weekends.
9. You mentioned from your website that you wrote a novella. Could you share with us what the name is and a little detail about it?
It is called The Bone Box and it’s part of my Waterman Stark series. It’s about a forensic pathologist trying to solve a crime for which her family member was convicted.
10. What is your favorite childhood book?
That’s a tough one. I loved Island of the Blue Dolphins, A Wrinkle in Time, and when I was a teenager anything by Stephen King.
11. If (or rather when) your novel becomes a film/TV adaptation, would you be willing to write the screenplay for it?
Not really. It isn’t that I haven’t thought about it. I’ll leave that up to the pros.
12. In co-writing your nonfiction books with Rebecca Morris, could you explain your experience working with another person versus working alone? What were the pro and con in working with a partner on a project?
Rebecca is fun to work with and our collaboration has been very successful. There’s a give and take that works for us. I know some others who have teamed up have had a hard time. It’s great to have two people working a case because there are so many details and the work can be lonely and time consuming. Rebecca and I are working on another project, but I’m also writing a new true crime by myself.
13. Silly-Game question: From The Last Thing She Ever Did, could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
Page 99: He’d have to ditch the body somewhere.
14. What has been your experience writing a YA novels like the Vengeance series?
Nothing was more fun than writing for the young adult audience. The best readers EVER! I was able tour Hong Kong, go to the Philippines and the UK (twice!) to talk about my books.
15. Last question, which of your novels would you like to see made into a film/TV adaptation?
My heart belongs to Starvation Heights (which is still in development after 20 years) and THE LAST THING SHE EVER DID…a movie if there ever was one!
I want to just give my thanks to Mr. Gregg Olsen for being so awesome to take his time to answer my question. I really hope that his novels gets to be made into a feature film. I know they would be a success especially thrillers like The Last Thing She Ever Did. For the time being I hope you guys get your hand on the novel. I know you won't regret reading this one. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking your time to read about this amazing author. Take care and have a great day. Also, happy read for those who are going to read The Last Thing She Ever Did.
Mr. Lakeith Stanfield, best known for the movie GET OUT, is now involved with the film adaptation of The Girl in the Spider's Web. He now joins cast members such as Claire Foy (Lisbeth Salander) and Sverrir Gudnason (the journalist Mikael Blomkvist.) The director is Fede Alvaderez, who directed Don't Breathe and Evil Dead.
Mr. Stanfield will play a NSA security expert who is trying to track down Lisbeth Salander. The movie would start filming later on this month for a release date of October 2018.
A YouTube book reviewer was nice enough to take her time to give an honest review of The Box in the Spare Room. It's seems like the story is a hit! God-willing it gets to be a film/television program someday. I really enjoyed writing it and I hope you check it out when you can. Take care and keep enjoying your new year. Keep focusing on your new year's resolution.
Three days until Christmas and I'm here to introduce to you an author that you'll need to seek this year and the next. Ms. Cara Buckley has written thrilling books such as The Things That Keep Us Here, Invisible, and The Good Good-bye. However, this post would focus more on her novel The Deepest Secret which is being made into a movie. So, take this time to not only to read the excerpt of The Deepest Secret (click the link): carlabuckley.com/deepest-secret1.php but to enjoy a great interview with a truly, lovely author. .
1. Could you give a brief summary about The Deepest Secret?
The Deepest Secret is about Tyler, a teenager born with a rare and fatal disease that means he can never be exposed to sunlight, Eve, the mother who will do anything to keep him safe, and the community in which they live that erupts in chaos after a young girl suddenly goes missing.
2. What was your inspiration for writing The Deepest Secret?
I wanted to talk about the unique and special relationship that exists between mothers and sons.
3. Could you give us an interesting fun fact about The Deepest Secret?
Tyler's disease, xeroderma pigmentosum, is real, and affects about 2000 Americans. Every summer, the XP Foundation hosts Camp Sundown in upstate New York; kids from all over the world travel at great personal danger to themselves so they can be with other kids like themselves for one golden week.
4. Were you a reader or a non-reader growing up?
Absolutely a reader!
5. How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
Parties with all of those who supported and encouraged me during the twelve years it took to get published! I held a party at a local bookstore in Columbus, Ohio; my aunt held a party for me in my hometown of Washington DC; and a friend held a party for me in Baltimore.
6. What’s your favorite book when you were a kid? Do you have a favorite book now?
I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and am currently enthralled with Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach.
7. Silly-Game question: From The Deepest Secret novel (with your eyes close) could you please leaf through the pages and point at a random place. What is the full sentence? And what is the page number of this random sentence?
"Yes, but Tyler knows there's a difference between looking and finding." p. 149
8. What’s the best advice you have ever received about writing?
That it's fifty percent talent and fifty percent perseverance.
9. Could you express what part of The Deepest Secret (without any spoilers) that gave you writer’s block and how did you get over it?
It was tremendously difficult to know where to start the story. I wrote a number of opening chapters, and had drafted the entire novel before I was able to go back and see where things needed to open.
10. What advice do you wish someone had given you when you were younger?
I've always wanted to be a writer and wish I'd gotten encouragement early on. Instead, I tried a variety of careers before finally giving myself permission to write a novel. I have to admit, however, that all those life experiences inform my work today, so maybe things did work out for the best.
11. What do you want readers to remember about The Deepest Secret?
That we can never truly know what's in someone else's heart and that we should be kinder to one another as a result.
12. Congrats on your novel The Deepest Secret being optioned by Oscar-nominated (Bridge of Spies)producer Marc Platt, Is there any particular scene you would like to see on the big screen?
Thank you! It's very exciting now that Scarlett Johansson is interested in playing the role of Eve. Besides seeing my name! on the big screen, I'm very much looking forward to the scenes between Tyler and his sister, Melissa.
13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?
I'd love to visit Egypt and see the pyramids.
14. Last question, could you inform us about The Good Goodbye and why it should be everybody’s next read right after The Deepest Secret?
The Good Goodbye is about two families whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their daughters at college--who are cousins and best friends--are seriously injured in a blaze that police suspect is arson, and they realize their daughters had been living secret lives.
Very happy to have gotten an interview from Ms. Carla Buckley. My great appreciation to Ms. Carla Buckley for answering my questions. Much success in her writing endeavors, and especially with her baby The Deepest Secret, being made into feature film. I hope everyone of you would check out the book before the movie comes on the big screen. I really hope the film adaptation turns out excellent. I wish everyone of you a wonderful, blessed holiday season. Take care and stay merry.
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