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.
According to Variety.com (variety.com/2017/film/news/finn-wolfhard-horror-movie-turning-1202639379/), the film adaptation of the novella The Turn of The Screw will be renamed The Turning. The Amblin's haunted house film will be directed by Ms. Floria Sigismondi. She had done such movies as The Runaways and did television episodes of Hemlock Grove, American Gods, and Daredevil. The script would be pen through by Ms. Jade Barlett ( the original script was written by The Conjuring duo Mr. Chad and Carey Hayes). The producers are Mr. Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee. The former had produced Straight Outta Compton while the latter had produced IT . Lastly, the star of IT and Stranger Things Finn Wolfhard has been cast along with Mackenzie Davis who was in The Martian and Blade Runner 2049. I'm very thrill to see a novella being turned into a film. I hope to hear more news like this.
By the way, the horror/thriller novella was written by Henry James and on the topic of novellas,I just want to announce that I've been writing another novella. This time it's a "human being facing nature" type of story (within the home environment.) I can't really say much, but all I can say is that it's really thrilling. I pray someday It would be made into a film, much like The Turn of the Screw is becoming one, because it's unpredictable, nail-biting, son of a story.
BTW, did you know that the 1988 Dutch film that became a international success, The Vanishing (or Spoorloos), came from a novella titled The Golden Egg???? Yes, that's right. The critically acclaimed movie (directed by the late George Sluizer) originated from a psychological thriller novella written by Tim Krabbe. The novella and the movie is known for being one of the most haunting ending ever. Rest assured the ending will leave a mark. The novella, dutch edition, was published in 1984 and the English version was released in 1993. The English edition of the novella the title was changed from The Golden Egg to The Vanishing. The film studio wisely decided to make the novella into a dutch film, and from that came American version, and then came a BBC radio play. So, check out the novella book cover below as well as the dutch trailer( the subtitle is in English I really hope that doesn't discourage you from watching it or seeing the original film because the English version is much different especially the ending which has nothing to do with the source material.)
So keep coming back to read my blog and thanks for always stopping by.
Happy holiday season to everyone as I have an exciting interview with the lovely Ms. Michelle Adams. She is the author of an amazing, psychological thriller titled My Sister(UK Edition) AKA If You Knew My Sister (U.S. Edition). So relax and read what this latest author has to offer.
1. What is the genesis of your novel My Sister/ If You Knew My Sister?
I wanted to write a story about a mother who gave her child away. And although we never hear from the viewpoint of this woman because she dies prior to the beginning of the book, we are very much learning her story, gaining an insight into what pushed her into such a difficult decision. I am an adoptive mother myself, so this narrative is hugely important to me.
2. Did you come up with other titles or was My Sister/ If You Knew My Sister your first choice?
The US edition is called IF YOU KNEW MY SISTER. That was the original title. Around the world there are some wonderful translated variations.
3. Could you give us an interesting fun fact about My Sister / If You Knew My Sister?
I originally intended to self publish MY SISTER/ If You Knew My Sister, and even had the cover ready to go. My decision to submit to agents was very last minute!
4. Between Irini and Elle which one was more challenging to write and why?
Whenever you write a novel there are challenges when creating your characters. Just like people, all characters have their complexities. Although in many ways Irini was more challenging because she is our protagonist, it is almost more of a challenge to write the other characters, because you never get to know them quite so well. Probably, Elle was more difficult in this instance.
5. What type of stories influenced you as a writer?
I was influenced by horror as a child and young teenager. I was hooked on reading Stephen King and Thomas Harris. I loved the dark worlds they created. Later I became obsessed by the work of Iain Banks. But I also discovered the thriller genre through screen. There were some wonderful thrillers made in the 1980s. All of these stories helped shape me as a writer. Margaret Atwood was a huge influence too.
6. Do you remember the first story you wrote?
As a child, no, although I did used to create stories back then. As an adult it was about a woman tied to a chair. I think it lasted all of a few chapters, was absolutely influenced by Stephen King's Gerald's Game, and was no doubt heavily plagiarized. It quite rightly never say the light of day.
7. Without spoiling anything, could you express what part of My Sister / If You Knew My Sister gave you writer’s block and how did you get over it?
I don't recall a moment when writing MY SISTER / If You Knew My Sister that gave me writer's block, and I'm not sure I believe in it per se. But I believe that when we get stuck in a story it's because something earlier on in the novel needs work. So take a break, and then go back. For me it usually works.
8. Have you written any short stories or novellas?
I have in the past but they remain unpublished. Short stories are always hard to write because you have no space to waffle.
9. If (or rather when) your book becomes a film/TV adaptation, what scene are you looking forward to see visually?
Irini's return to the asylum. That will look awesome. I will have to ensure that I'm on set for that.
10. Silly-Game question: From My Sister/ If You Knew My Sister 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?
But as I pull it out something else comes with it: a manilla envelope. Page 184
11. What surprised you when you’re writing My Sister / If You Knew My Sister ?
That I decided to try to find an agent! I had done it once before, but didn't intend to try again. A chance conversation with a friend of a friend gave me the impetus to try again, and I'm so glad I did because I have the best agent in the world.
12. What’s your next book? Could you give us a sneak peek?
I can't give you a sneak peak, but I can tell you the title. It's called BETWEEN THE LIES, and will be released next July 12th in the UK. It's a thriller set in Brighton, UK, and if it ever get's adapted for screen it's going to look bloody marvelous!
13. Are you a Coca-Cola or a Pepsi person?
Who drinks Pepsi?
14. Last question, if you could only make earth to rain M&M’s or Skittle for a whole day, which candy would you choose for the kids (and the kids at heart) to experience on this unique day?
Oh, Skittles for sure. No way M&M's.
Loads of thanks to Ms. Michelle Adams for coming here to answer my questions. As you can tell My Sister/ If You Knew My Sister is something special and I hope you would check it out. Also, the novel would make a great holiday gift for a loved one or two.
If you want to know more about Ms. Michelle Adams click this link to go to her website: www.michelleadams.co.uk/ Thanks again for visiting my blog and I hope you have a great day.
What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
I hope you take this time to check out Mr. Simon Lelic latest novel called The House. If that headline didn't capture your curiosity then my interview questions with him might just be the thing to spark your interest. So go ahead and get to know a bit about the author and his latest novel...
1. How did you get the idea for The House?
The very best way to get ideas, I find: by talking to a stranger in a bar. This bloke (whose name I have forgotten, if indeed I ever knew it) mentioned a friend of his who’d recently bought an apartment that had come complete with all the former owner’s belongings – which seemed just too spooky an idea not to develop further . . .
2. Could you tell me a little bit about the leading couple in the novel?
In many ways Jack and Syd are diametric opposites. Jack is (ostensibly) the solid, dependable type; Syd is effusive and emotional, quick to both laughter and anger. But somehow they complete each other. As Jack says, ‘She stops me gazing at my feet so much, I stop her floating off into the sky.’
3.Did you know how the novel would end before you started or did you go along and eventually things fell to place?
I never know how a novel will end when I start writing it. I think writers are split fairly evenly between those who sketch out a structure before they start work, and those who prefer to feel their way forwards in the dark. I am firmly in the latter camp, which makes the process more exciting (I think) but perhaps also more wasteful.
4. How do you select the name of your characters?
Frequently the name will be there the instant the character comes into being in my mind. Other times I am forced to graze the spines of the books on the shelves near my desk for inspiration, or even consult the little book of babies’ names I stole from the house after we’d settled on a name for our third child.
5. What was the hardest scene to write in The House? (which scene did you rewrite over and over to death)
Without wanting to give too much away, the scenes that delve into Syd’s personal history. Which I hope will also be the hardest scenes to read.
6.What was your favorite novel as a teenager?
I could name a dozen, but I would probably have to say The Lord of the Rings.
7. What is the first book that made you cry or laugh? (either/both would be fine to answer)
I’d probably laughed at a book before I got to Douglas Adams, but I don’t think I had any idea a novel could induce such uncontrollable hilarity before I read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
8. What is the first book that made you think for days after reading it?
Tough one. Again, there were probably many, but no author came close to having as much of an impact on me as Tolkien did when I was a kid. I was a bit of a Middle Earth nerd.
9. Which fictional character did you admire?
Strider. See above!
10. What book have you read over and over again?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Technically and philosophically, it probably isn’t McCarthy’s best book. But it’s my favourite of his novels (and one of my favourite novels of all time), if only for the devastating portrait he paints of a father’s love for his son.
11. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Read more. I mean, I read a lot – but I could have always read more. Which still holds true today, actually.
12. What television show do you binge watch right now?
My wife and I are between box sets at the moment, having just finished Big Little Lies. So any recommendations would be welcome!
13. If you could be any animal for a day, which animal would it be?
14. Would you like to see The House made into a feature film?
Rather thrillingly, the novel has already been optioned with a view to turning it into a TV series – which would be even more amazing than seeing it on screen as a feature film.
15. Last question, Who is your favorite male and female tennis player? (on your website you stated tennis as a hobby of yours)
Oddly, I love playing tennis, but I hate watching it! I’m a big sports fan generally, and the relationship I have with tennis is one I don’t have with any other sport.
Thanks to Mr. Simon Lelic for answering my questions and sharing his wonderful story to the world. I hope you all would give The House a try. If you want to know more about the author and his other works please check out his website: www.simonlelic.com/ Take care and as always thanks for visiting my blog. I hope each and every one of you have a fantastic day and a happy read:) Stay amazing, everyone.
First off Congrats to IT for being numero uno at the box office. On opening day it made $13.5 million, beating Dead pool to be the largest earning rated R movie so far. Dead pool made $12. 7 million. For the overall first weekend, the movie made quite the moola with $179.2 million this past weekend.This makes the movie the largest opening ever for a horror movie. The largest opening weekend ever for New Line. IT only cost about $35 million to make and it seems the audience gave it a rave review. Internationally, it made the biggest opening earner for a horror film. So it's safe to say that there will be a sequel after such an outstanding result. Proving all the more that Hollywood would find favor,i believe, in looking into novels, novella, fiction or even non-fiction, and short stories for their next success.
Speaking of short stories, news has just broke out that Stephen King's short story titled Suffer the Little Children would be made into a feature film. Sean carter of Keep Watching is set to write and direct the film. The producer would be Craig Flores, Sriram Das and Nicolas Chartier. This is excellent news as short stories, i feel, do make an excellent film. Can't wait to hear more news from this project. I hope Studio would feel the need to take notice of short stories (funnily enough i released a short story of mine titled THE BOX IN THE SPARE ROOM at amazon on September 9 ) Short stories, perhaps self-published ones, could be made into a feature film and I regret it it will be successful. Someone took a chance on the self-published novel THE MARTIAN and look at how that turned out: A massive success (speaking of THE MARTIAN, i will post my interview with the author ANDY WEIR about his latest novel ARTEMIS on November 14, 2017, make sure you check it out.). Back to the topic: Someone took a chance on self-published novel THE MARTIAN and it became a huge success. Why not take a chance on a self-published short story????? I wonder what the result would be on that one. Time will tell (hopefully really soon). As always thanks for stopping by to read this. Take care and have a blessed day.
Everyone, please keep your thoughts and prayers to those that suffered from Hurricane Harvey (trust me even though the news has moved on to other things, people are still struggling from Hurricane Harvey) and those who are dealing with Hurricane Irma. I hope to God that they would be able to piece their lives together and as a result gain something greater than what the hurricane destroyed.
A twitter pal of mine, J.D. Barker( twitter.com/jdbarker), just send me an email about his story (co-author with Dace Stoker) being made into a feature film. You can read the press release below:
Paramount Pictures has acquired screen rights to Dracul, the first prequel authorized by the estate of Bram Stoker. The film will be developed as potential directing vehicle down the line for Andy Muschietti, teamed with It producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
Written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker, the tale is set in 1868, where a 21-year old Bram Stoker meets with an ungodly evil, which he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there. The monster origin tale just went to Putnam’s Mark Tavani in a 5-house auction brokered by Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency. The UK rights for Dracul were bought by Simon Taylor of Transworld and to Michel Lafon France in a pre-empt.
The film deal was brokered by Angela Cheng Caplan of Cheng Caplan Company Inc. and attorney Wayne Alexander. Paramount executive, Vanessa Joyce brought in the project and will oversee the development with Miri Yoon of Vertigo Entertainment.
"I can't imagine a better team to tell this story."
- J.D. Barker
All I can say is I hope things goes well and the adaptation would be a great success. I can't wait to hear more news about Draul. All the best to everyone involve with the project
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