My big project right now is a comprehensive rewrite of The Gloaming, which I’ve mentioned here before. It’s a paranormal scifi web series with six episodes, each approximately 20 minutes long, that has elements of my vision of The Land Of The Dead from the Spellbinder books (including one cross-over character), as well as plenty of science fiction, which I was pretty much immersed in from birth.
When I tell people about it, the response is frequently surprise. Not surprise about the story, but that I’m planning on raising funding for it myself. The first issue that is generally raised is why I can’t just sell it to some production company or network. After all, I’m a published author!
There are three reasons for this.
- Experience. My first book, Spellbinder, was optioned by a production company. I was extremely reluctant about this, as the books are set in the UK and I knew that they’d be re-set in the US, which I wasn’t happy about. At the time, I had a veritable slew of agents and advisors, all of whom thought it was a really good idea. The main reason for this was that that they all felt that it would raise the profile of the books and bring new readers. I signed. MTV ordered a pilot script. The production company announced the deal, but omitted to mention that the story was based on a book (or who had written it). The script was written by a couple of experienced TV scribes and was competent as a TV pilot – but in addition to setting it in the US, the 12 & 13 year old characters were aged up to 16/17 and the story Read the rest of this entry »