"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.
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.)
Comic con 2013 has arrived and everyone is presenting their respectful film. Here are the movies based on books that would be presented this year: Divergent, Ender's Game, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2, Kick-Ass 2(although this really is a graphic novel), Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Seventh Son, I, Frankenstein (again, really more of a graphic novel than a book) and last but definitely not least The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Great to see these book being made into movies and I hope more book would be present in next year's comic con. Alot of interesting clips were shown this year and as always can't wait to see these movies.
I've already finished Divergent and hopefully i would read the second book soon ( I'm currently reading another book). I just want to congratulate the author, Veronica Roth and I really hope this movie become a big success. It must really be surreal for her to be at comic con presenting a movie that she created. I too hope and pray that this would be in the near future for me as well:) It's really an accomplishment for her book to be love by the masses and even more so to be made into a feature movie. I recently saw the clip of the cast of Divergent along with the director and Ms. Veronica Roth. it's really great stuff, i hope you enjoy watching it.
Don't forget to mark it on your calander (if you already have a 2014 one available) because the movie would be out March 21, 2014, and it would probably be awesome to check it out on IMAX. Every movie looks awesome in IMAX:) Enjoy the clip!!
P.S. I have a special announcement regarding to what i've been currently writing. I've been trying to fit in another book on my hectic life this year. Hopefully you would be as excited as i am about it. This new novel i'm writing is really something:) I'd just say that if you thought HOUSE TRAP and the sequel FIERY TRAP was intensely scary, then you haven't seen nothing yet. This story would give you the ULIMATE( a little hint on the blurb) chill. So I hope you're having a happy read with your other books. Check out my books as well (tell others if they don't know about it as well) and I hope you come back here to know more about this new novel i'm writing. PEACE OUT:)
"Chins up Smile on"
"Chins up Smile on," Why???? because the teaser to catching fire is finally here:)
Here is the plot line from wikipedia:
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
I have to say the teaser of catching fire was much better than the teaser of the first movie. I remember the first movie being extremely short and pointless. This one, catching fire, showed alot more although leaving alot away as well. i like that they showed the prime characters from film one and not the new casts of catching fire. I bet they are leaving the introduction of the new casts or rather the former victors for a longer, grander trailer (which i hope would be release sooner, perhaps in late May, early June). It looks like Catching Fire is following the same style from The Hunger Games which is a good thing and a bad thing depending on how the entire movie would turn out. Good thing being that it's sticking with the gritty, reality of the world. It has a familar feel to what we're used to from the first movie. However what i meant by "Bad thing" is that it might become boring to see the same style of filming. if it has the same filming style and has nothing new to the table then it would become tedious (for lack of a bettter word). I thought the brilliant point in the teaser was the conversation between President Snow and Plutarch Heavensbee. I hope you enjoy the teaser, and i can't wait to see the full trailer.
Man November seems so far away but as we all know time flies. Before you know it the movie would be here.
P.S. My interview with the author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett would be posted on April 23. I hope you check that out!!!
I'm glad that Hollywood decided to make the sequel to the Percy Jackson Movie. I know the first one didn't following the plot of the book but I enjoyed it however. I heard this sequel followed closely to the book( they even went as far as to change Alexanderia Daddario's hair to blonde like the character in the book) so that's good news there. So I posted the trailer on my blog because I like it and i really hope that it wouldn't be a flop. I really hope it does better than the first movie as well. So check it out and go see it in theaters, make this one a success folks!!!
P.S. I have an upcoming interview with author of' "WHEN EARTHLINGS WEEP'' Michael Barnett. So please check out this inteview on my blog in the near future. Thanks as always and keep reading and have a great day:)
Summer is over:( but the Fall is here to bring us for some entertainment( an escape from work or/and school). So here are a few movies that are based on books.
1. Alex Cross
2. Cloud Atlas
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 2
4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
6. The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey
Which one are you going to see or skip? which one are you more excited about? If you ask me I can't wait to see The Hobbit: An unexpected Journey. It's now been split into three movie.( I was concerned about this at first but i know that Peter Jackson would do a great job) I know December would be around the corner (Man this year has gone by so quickly). So the wait isn't hurting me as much.
In the near future I would make some annoucement regarding to the project i'm currently writing and other stuff. So i hope you all are enjoying september so far. Take care and don't be shy to check out my blog and read my thoughts and stuff:)
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:).
I just wanted to say that I really love his book: Bud, not Buddy. Why isn't it been made into a movie??????????? it's in the league with Holes by Louis Sachar (if not better) and I know it would do much better in the theater than Hoot by Carl Hiassen. If by some chance someone in Hollywood ( a producer or someone connected to hollywood) is reading my blog ( finger cross, pleading to the man upstairs), i just want to say that you should definitely check out this book, read it and see why I think it would be an excellent movie. I really hope this would happen, i hope to hear the news that the movie has been optioned. But in the meanwhile I guess we can only visualize it in our head with the book. Great advice by Mr. Christopher Curis and as always thanks for reading my blog.
P.S. I hope you all are having a great time watching the olympic. There have been some drama and upsets( as always) but surprises as well when it comes to this year's Olympic. so watch on, and take care:)
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