Read the excerpt to American Assassin here: www.goodreads.com/book/show/7959473-american-assassin
I hope you enjoy the trailer. Definitely check out the book when you can and then go see the movie if you are interested or want to try something different.
"No Guts, No story." is an inspirational quote said by Chris Brady. But might I add that it takes even more guts to write and share the story with the world. And boy do I have an excellent interview from the wonderful, non-fiction author Mr. Michael Finkel. Make sure you check out the excerpt to his latest novel The Stranger of the Woods: www.michaelfinkel.com/the-stranger-in-the-woods/excerpt-stranger-woods/
1. Could you tell me what The Stranger in the Woods is about?
It's the true story of Christopher Knight, who is one of the most unusual people you will ever encounter -- he lived completely alone, in the woods of central Maine, sleeping in a small camp tent, for 27 years. He never had one conversation, never spent any money, never drove in a car. He never saw the internet. And he never even lit a fire! How did he survive? Why did he leave the world? What did he learn? The book tries to address all these questions, while also examining what types of people have sought solitude throughout history, and why it may be essential for one's health to spend some time alone.
2. What is your purpose in writing The Stranger in the Woods?
I'm always interesting in learning about people who have lived a radically different life than the rest of us. This is just such an intriguing story to me -- there's a survival tale, a true-crime tale, a mystery, a legend. There's the reactions of people in central Maine. And there's the intelligent and fascinating insights of Chris Knight himself.
3. What challenges did you face while writing The Stranger in the Woods?
The subject of my book, not surprisingly, was a man of few words who was very reluctant to share his story. He was a difficult interview subject, to say the least. I learned a lot of patience while working with Chris Knight -- but still, not enough patience to satisfy him!
4. How would you compare your experience writing True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa from The Stranger in the Woods?
Except for the fact that both "True Story" and "The Stranger in the Woods" are both non-fiction accounts of men named Chris, the two books are completely different.
Chris Longo, the murderer who is featured in "True Story," is extremely outgoing, and, in the end, was clearly a dangerous, psychopathic man.
Chris Knight, the hermit from "The Stranger in the Woods," is probably the most introverted person you will ever read about, and, in the end, was seen to be an entirely gentle man.
I found both stories riveting, but the writing process -- or at least the feeling while writing -- was entirely different. Chris Longo frightened me, to my core, and I felt as if I were writing something of a cautionary tale. Chris Knight was far more inspirational to me, and I felt at times as if I were writing almost a guidebook for how to live in peace and simplicity.
5. How has writing and knowing about Christopher Knight affect your life in general?
Spending time with Chris Knight has given me a much different perspective on the passage of time. So many of us seem to be in a constant mad rush for most of the day. Knight passed time like a tree. He showed me that the best thing you can do sometimes is nothing. Just sit there. Center yourself. Allow five minutes to pass without looking at your phone. You don't have to do any sort of formal meditation. Just do nothing. You will likely be amazed at how healthy, how calming this feels. I wish the whole world could just take a five minute "time out" each day -- I feel as if all the crazy arguing that goes on would be greatly diminished if we all did this simple thing. If we all just did nothing for a few moments.
6. If (or when) the book become a movie, who would you like to adapt your book into a screenplay and who would you like to direct the movie adaptation?
I don't have specific names in mind, I'm just hoping that if the book becomes a movie, the director and screenwriter both feel extremely creatively inspired to bring this mind-boggling story to life.
7. What would you want your reader to take away from reading The Stranger in the Woods?
That maybe doing nothing is, at times, one of the most powerful things you can do. "Beware the barrenness of a busy life," said Socrates. I believe he was correct.
8. What does Christopher Knight think about the book? Has he read it yet?
I sent Chris Knight the book as soon as it was finished, but I have not heard back from him. I have written the book with openness and honesty and obsession and care, and I hope — I believe — that Knight will respect my dedication and genuinely accept my efforts as reasonable and fair.
9. What is your writing habit? Do you write in the daytime or night?
I have three young children so my house is often quite hectic. I prefer the quiet of the night to work and when I'm on a creative roll, I often drink loads of coffee and stay up until dawn.
10. On True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa film adaptation, could you express your experience seeing it?
The book "True Story" was so personal to me, and so disturbing, that watching the film adaptation was quite an emotional knot. I think the actors (James Franco and Jonah Hill) did outstanding jobs, as did the director (Rupert Goold), but it was wrenching and uncomfortable to watch.
11. What book are you currently reading?
"Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. He's an amazing journalist and writer.
12. What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
I'm seeking my next book idea! If anyone has an idea for me, please contact me through my website:www.michaelfinkel.com/ . Thanks!
13. Have you ever considered writing fiction? If so, in what genre?
I love reading fiction and I've published (long, long ago) a few fiction short stories, and perhaps one day I'll take a stab at a novel -- I don't know what genre -- but I really feel that I've reached a nice place, writing-wise, with my non-fiction work, so I will stick to that for now.
14. Last question, who (dead or alive) would you like to sit down and chat with in order to write a book?
For all of my career, I have avoided interviewing "famous" people, or movie stars, or presidents -- I really prefer meeting extraordinary people who are not widely known. There are all sorts of completely unknown Einstein-level geniuses out there, many of whom have extremely unorthodox ideas about how to live, about society and science and art and life. Those are the people I want to sit down with.
Thank you for the excellent questions.
Likewise thank you for giving your time to answer them. For anyone out there reading this I hope you add The Stranger in the Woods in your reading list. Also check out his first book True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. I hope each and everyone of you have a great day and thanks once again for coming by to read my latest post. Take care and stay amazing.
I finally have the animated feature of House Trap (well, the prologue of House Trap). First off, I would like to thank Banter Hawks Production for doing such a great job at animating my characters. It was money well spent. I hope everyone enjoys it and check out the story to see what happens next, of course. Pray-fully (with finger-cross) this could lead to bigger things. I really hope a full-feature (live-feature at that) of House Trap would be made sometime in the future. The Martian (directed by Ridley Scott) has clearly shown that a self-published story (written by Andy Weir) could become a successful movie. I truly believe that House Trap would be the equivalent to The Martian. House Trap might even be more successful than The Martian since it would be less expensive to make. Thriller/horror movies, in general, tends to have lower budget than sci-fi movies. I hope someone in the film industry would take interest in House Trap and produce it. Watching this prologue clearly shows how captivating the novella would be as a movie. And trust me when I say there's a slight twist at the end of House Trap, you won't see it coming. It explains everything in regard to the prologue. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to watch it. I hope the next time I post a feature on House Trap it would be a film's teaser trailer. Yeah,You got to think big, dream big, and believe big right? Have a great day everyone:)
The trailer for "The Giver" is finally here!!! It's been a long time coming. I'm just so happy that this book is being turned into a movie. I hope that it really does well in theaters. This book is such a YA classic. It's the book that spawned other YA Dystopian novels such as The City of Ember, The Hunger Games Trilogy, and DIvergent series. Without "The Giver" such book wouldn't have exist. This book truly is amazing in every sense of the word. I can't wait for August 15, 2014!!! I hope you all would check it out in theater as well. For that haven't read the book then you're in for a treat when you see it in the big screen. The gripping tale of Jonas would make you want to read the book. As always thanks for visiting my blog, and i do hope you check it out to see other latest news.
P.S. The other Youtube video is a book reviewer who is also interested in reading "The Giver" ( fastforward to 2:06 on youtube clip), and she spoke about how her college friend read "The Giver" and it changed her life (That's how GREAT this book is and i totally agree with her college friend). Also she mentioned my book "House Trap" which she found interested and read the book's blurb to her fans (fastforward to 4:12 on youtube clip). Hopefully, in the near future, i'd post a trailer to my book House Trap for you all to see:) so take care and enjoy THE GIVER trailer once again( I certainly did, i watched it like ten times and never grew tried of it.)
I recently received a new hardcover book of Divergent by Veronica Roth. I've heard about this book, but never really checked it out. However now that i have it i decided to see if it had a book trailer. When I checked it out i thought it was an excellent trailer. I hope to make or get book trailer of my books as good as this one (if anyone know of a book trailer company that would make an excellent book trailer for a low budget please email me their website, thanks in advance:)
So I just wanted to post the Divergent book trailer in my blog to show how awesome it was. The plot seemed interesting. The sequel is already out. I'm currently reading a book ( The Descendants which I'm a few pages away from finishing) and have another one book in my list before I might start with this one. But the book trailer is tempting me to skip my to-read list....almost though:).
Just saw the trailer and i thought it was a very interesting movie to share on my blog. The main character is an author and it seems, by the trailer, he's dealing with the struggles that comes with being a writer ( which I could relate as well as other writers out there). I don't know what the full plot of the movie is about but it got my attention when Bradley Cooper's character (from the trailer) seemed to be struggling to make it as a popular author. It just seems like a movie i would like to see and i hope it will be as good as Limitless( which also starred Bradley Cooper, i guess this guy likes acting as a writer). By the way Limitless is based on a book "The Dark fields" by Alan Glynn. So here is the Youtube Trailer.
Summer is approaching and the movie theater is releasing load of summer blockbuster-like movies again. So many title to chose from and yet a few i'm interested in seeing. So here is my count down of movies that i'm interested. The number one movie on the list would be the one that i'm most looking forward to.
8. The Avengers:- superhero unite to fight evil, i'm there:) this will obviously going to be a great movie. I hope it does so well that a sequel would be planned. The Hulk is my fav followby The Hulk :) too bad The Hulk standalone movies weren't as successful :)
7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter:- this is based on a book and it looks different and a very unique take on history. It seems origin and since it's based on a novel i would most likely check it out. Don't know yet whether to read the book first or just watch the movie and then see if i would read the book.
6. Snow White and The Huntsman:- The action in this movie looks promising. It reminds me of 2010's Alice in Wonderland. And Ms. Theron looks captivating and beautiful despite being an evil queen in this movie.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days:- the two previous movies from this book were hilarious. It just captured the life of a middle-schooler and i bet everyone could identify with those characters. It's based on a book for kids of course ( that's why it's such a success of course:)
4. Sparkle:- although it looks like Dream Girl i just want to see it because of Whitney Houston . Very sad to lose such a great talent.
3. The Amazing Spiderman:- i wasn't really interested in this movie at first but the latest trailer got me hook. And Emma Stone is quite the Stacy:) I hope it does well because something happens to Stacy and i would love to see how the movie would capture this moment. ( i don't think this would occur in the first movie, maybe the third movie).
2. The Dark Knight Rises: - this was my number one movie for a long time and the trailer is great but i'm a bit worried that it would suffer "the third movie sucks" syndrome like Spiderman 3 or the Godfather 3 or the third Matrix movie. Hopefully it would be like Toy Story 3 ( Michael Arndth is such a talented writer might i add:). And here is the movie that beat The Dark Knight Rises and the trailer really took me by surprise and i really hope it lives up to the hype and more........
1. Prometheus: - my goodness the trailer is GENIUS. why? because it's very mysterious( well the teaser trailer). I wanted to know what this movie was about and when they revealed what it was about in the other trailer i was sold:) the soundtrack to the trailer is just wonderful and very suspenseful. I already feel for these characters in the movie and i haven't met them yet. Something about being in space and facing an unknown terror is just creepy and make my skin crawl. i truly cannot wait to see this movie. The movie looks real good, Mr. Riley Scott, it looks really good:)
I'll end my post by saying: "May the 4th be with you"----get it?, May the fourth (which sounds like force) be with you:) and today's date (well in the United States it's still the 4th while some of my blog readers/friends from abroad the day is already the 5th of May). Have a great weekend and take care!!!!
So far my focus has been on the zombie tale that i've written called Stained which has been released on amazon. Now I'm here to tell you about the progress of the sequel of House Trap. First of all the sequel would be a novel and NOT a novella like the previous one. This story grew and grew and i knew that a novella wouldn't do it justice. So now that you know that it's a novel, then you should know that it would take a bit longer for me to publish it. I want the story to be really, really good so that's why the release date for it would be early next year. I'm going to get busy with it and hopefully it would be the greatest, thrilling, page-turning sequel you've ever read:)
As i mentioned in my previous posting, I was surprised by the respond of House Trap. I was stunned by how much you cared about the character or saddened by what happened( don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read it). I just thought that this book needed a sequel and the idea sprung in my head. I just hope you keep checking out my blog because in the future i will give sneak peak on the sequel. I will probably post a quote from the book or what a chapter title or anything about the progress of the book. So keep coming here and keep reading my post:)
Okay that's the end of writing about the sequel, now I am excited to post this youtube trailer of The hunger games. Again you all know(if you read my posts) know that I favor movies that are based on books than any other movies. I love to read a book and then go to the theater to watch the movie. So I'm pleased to post the trailer of The Hunger Games. I've already read the first and second book and i'm now reading the third one( If you see my goodreads post then you would've known that). I hope it becomes a huge success!!!.
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