Hi! I’m so glad you decided to stop by for this week’s blog. This week I’m going to fill you in on what else I’ve had in the works besides writing book number 3. A few months back, I mentioned that I was exploring the possibility of turning book number 1 into a screenplay. Before I decided to undertake this endeavor, I thought it would be a piece of cake! After all, the story is written, all I’d have to do is adapt it into a screenplay. I can tell you after jumping in feet first, it’s really not as easy as it sounded. Like I said in my previous blogs, writing a novel is SO different from writing a screenplay. A novel can be very “internal”, meaning the writer can show how the character is feeling, acting, etc. But, in a screenplay, everything has to be shown through dialogue. After many, many attempts in writing the screenplay for The Wish, I decided to take a break and focus on writing book number 3. The research and energy I was putting into the screenplay was taking away from the Cloverleaf Chronicles series. So, as it is now, I’m continuing to write book number three, and just researching screenplay writing when I can.
And now, with the new school year upon us, I’ve been really hitting it hard with the emails being sent out to schools for author visits. My goal of having a decent impact on donations to St. Jude Research Hospital is what’s driving my desire to do author visits and book signings. My hope is that schools will join me in my “paying it forward” campaign and schedule author visits. 100% of all proceeds I earn in book sales for 2018 is being donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and what better way to get The Wish into the hands of my readers than visit their schools?
Finally, I’ve been tossing around other story ideas in my head and started a very rough outline of a story I’d like to write once done with the Cloverleaf Chronicles Series. I’ve never really written an outline of a story, but felt that because I won’t be starting this story for a while, I wanted to make sure it is clear where I wanted to go with it. I can tell you that it is going to be a paranormal mystery and I already have a couple of the main characters clearly defined in my head.
Keeping busy with so many things, I find it can get hard to stay focused and keep the belief in my ultimate dream, and that is to see The Wish on the big screen. But with so many supporters who have read the book and stating this would be perfect for the next fantasy series in theaters, I can only hope someone with the ability to do just that, finds The Wish.
Until next week….don’t be so busy that you lose focus on your dreams. When the time is right, it will happen!