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Science Fiction author Crystal Storm is spreading the word that her novels, “The Synarchy Series” are about to make the leap from the pages and into the ears of science fiction fans.
The story in the “Synarchy Series” is about Stefano Vasco Terenzio who is manipulating events as the world inches closer to Dec. 21, 2012 (the last day on the Mayan calendar believed to be the last day of humanity). Terenzio is ready to see his machinations come to fruition to give him absolute power. He is quoted as saying, “I will die to see my will done, and it will be done.”
Many people have described the story as being “The Godfather” meets “Stargate-SG1”.
Not only has this series documented the rise of its main protagonist, but it has done amazing things for its author. Storm, aka DCS, has used her book as the flagship for the SVT Publishing empire, she is turning it into a movie (see the trailer here), she launched her own publishing company, and she has her own internet radio show where she discusses everything from literature to politics to the supernatural.
Now, Storm is telling people about a live reading of the first chapter of her book “Synarchy Book 2: The Ascension” on Blog Talk Radio on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 11 p.m. EST (10 p.m. CST and 8 p.m. PST respectively). Fans can hear it at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/svtpublishing.
Storm spoke with ScienceFictionZone.com about her book entering an audio realm.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: How does it feel to see “Synarchy” taken to a new level with voices reading your work?
I know a lot of fans of the series love audio books and I wanted to make sure we were providing for them too. And, in keeping in the vein of doing things in a way that’s never been done before I thought it would be fun to actually get voice actors to bring the book to life in a different way.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE:Do you think this will bring a new audience to “Synarchy?”
DCS: I think it will, it will certainly be interesting to see. We’re experimenting and having fun with it.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE:Why is it voice actors and science fiction go well together?
DCS:I think voice actors could go well with a lot of different genres. I’m extremely lucky to have the caliber of actors that I do who are dedicated to this project so I really can’t wait to listen to how it turns out.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Can we expect to see your other works put to voice?
DCS: Absolutely. We’re going to do this for every novel in the series and maybe some of other projects.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE:How long is it taking to adapt the book or is this a straight reading?
DCS:We’re doing a live reading first just to see how it goes. It’ll be relaxed and fun. If the voice actor’s feel like they’d rather do a few test runs before we go live, then we’ll start pre-recording.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Either way, we will be there! Thanks so much for joining us.
DCS: Thank you. This was fun!
If you would like read “Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening” for free visit here.
Much More Than A Tin Dog
EDITORIAL NOTE: ScienceFictionZone is indebted to Paul Salamoff and Roslyn Hill of Unstoppable Entertainment for helping arrange this interview.
- ScienceFictionZone Staff
When “Doctor Who” returned to the airwaves in 2005 after a near-two decade absence, fans were treated to a new TARDIS, new Doctor, new companion and new supporting characters.
Enter Noel Clarke.
Clarke played the role of Mickey Smith, the boyfriend of Rose (aka Billie Piper), and he watched as a tall mysterious stranger (who looked an awful like Destro from “G.I. Joe”) stepped in and whisked her away.
Was Mickey destined for third-wheel status forever? In one episode of the second season, poor Mickey compared himself to K-9 the robot dog. “I’m the tin dog!” he shouted with despair, but speaking with Clarke, one finds he is so much more than that. By the end of David Tennant’s role, Mickey was an action hero married to the beautiful Martha Jones (aka Freema Agyeman).
Clarke has proven more than just the usual “Doctor Who” companion, but an accomplished writer and director. Sure in 2003 he won the Laurence Olivier Award for “Most Promising New Actor” but his movies “KiDULTHOOD,” “ADULTHOOD” and “18.104.22.168” have won acclaim as well.
Thanks to assistance of writer Paul Salamoff, we were able to talk with Clarke about his time on “Doctor Who”, working with Elizabeth Sladen, and he talked with us about Doctors Nine through Eleven and he talked about the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who.”
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: First, I want to thank you for being interviewed by us at Science Fiction Zone! Also, we owe a great deal of thanks to writer and producer Paul Salamoff, who we interviewed previously. How long have you known him?
NOEL: I met Paul Salamoff at the Los Angeles Gallifrey One Convention in 2006. At the time I thought he was just a fan. We spoke for a couple of hours and I found out afterwards he was a writer/producer. Not too long after that we became good friends.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Did you see his TARDIS console from the 1996 movie?
NOEL: [LAUGHS] Oh yeah! I saw it. I’ve been in his garage and it was really neat.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Since Paul lives in California, do you come to the United States much?
NOEL: I try to make it to the States twice a year. I have written several scripts and directed two feature movies, and right now my goal is to continue pressing forward with that. I am slowly clawing my way over.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Does this mean you will be coming over to the United States? Anything you can talk about?
NOEL: Ehh…I have a few plates spinning in the air at the moment that I think you will be hearing about in the near future.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Well, let me ask regarding the amount of British actors that are currently starring in American television series. Specifically, I am thinking of Andrew Lincoln from the “Walking Dead.” You can add Hugh Laurie of “House” and Kevin McKidd of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Why is it easier for British actors to perform American accents whereas you almost want to cringe at Americans doing British accents?
NOEL: I think it is because we have had some iconography almost shoved down our throats. I mean we grew up with television shows like “Knight Rider” and “The A-Team” so we grew up with the accent, whereas Americans did not grow up with the British shows the way we were. Because of that, British actors are able to pick up the American accent easier. I mean ask an American kid if he can name an American burger joint and he can’t, but a British kid can name McDonalds.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Now you talk about filmmaking; you have written several scripts and you are a director. Do you prefer being behind the camera?
NOEL: I have to say my first love is being in front of the camera, but I like being behind the camera as well. As you said, I like to be in front of the camera and I definitely like being behind the camera, after all I directed two feature films. I want to learn as much as what I can behind and increase my longevity in the industry.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: When you were doing “Doctor Who” did you ever get a chance to come in on days you weren’t filming and just sit behind the cameras and learn the industry?
NOEL: Actually, I didn’t need to. I was filming so much I was able to pick it up as I went along. Though, [Executive Producer Russell T. Davies] gave me the opportunity to write an episode of “Torchwood.”
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: I saw on IMDB.com you were able to do that. Did John Barrowman ask you for the opportunity to write a song and dance number for Captain Jack into that episode?
NOEL: [LAUGHS] No, the actors were separate from the writers. I appreciated the chance to being part of a team of writers. After I wrote the script, Russell tweaked it a little and it was amazing.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Now if we can get into “Doctor Who” for the moment, you have said you were a fan of the original series. Was it nerve wracking knowing that you would be the number three person “Doctor Who” fans would see?
NOEL: Let me say that when the show was revitalized, there were a lot of skeptics who did not believe the show would last, but I knew when I auditioned for it that this was a quality show.
Further proof of that is, look at the way Mickey evolved as a person. When he first appeared, he was Rose’s foil and he was irked at this man who was cooler than he was. But by the end of it, he was this bearded hero, freedom fighter who was married to Martha. It was really part of the writers’ grand plan.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Focusing in on that, you played Mickey, the goofy guy who “wasn’t the tin dog” as was mentioned in the episode “School Reunion,” but in the episodes “Age of Steel” and “Army of Ghosts,” you played Ricky, a gay version of Mickey. Yet, Ricky was a man hardened by a brutal war with the Cyber Men. How was it playing such a different character?
NOEL: Actually, it is more difficult to play Mickey because he is goofy and bumbling, whereas Ricky (and the later Mickey) are closer to my personality. I relate more to the action hero/take-no-prisoners type of guy.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: So you played Mickey Smith and Ricky Smith, the Doctor goes by John Smith, Elisabeth Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith, the Doctor is currently played by Matt Smith, my name is Don Smith and I have a Doctor Who buddy named Pam Smith!
Tell me what is it about “Smiths” and “Doctor Who” that is just so awesome? [LAUGHS].
NOEL: I have no idea. [LAUGHS] I really don’t. They named Mickey Smith as a tribute to Sarah Jane Smith unsure if they would ever be able to get her, but she returned [in the previously mentioned episode “School Reunion”] and had her own series for a while.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Most “Doctor Who” fans knew she passed away from cancer back in April of this year. What was it like working with Elisabeth Sladen in “School Reunion”?
NOEL: Lis Sladen was lovely to work with. In fact, when she came to work, she was a little nervous, but she got on quite well. I was glad to see her return because she was such an important part of the history of the show.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: There is a pivotal scene where Sarah Jane Smith is coming to terms with being left behind by the Doctor. She even talks about it with Rose at one point. In the world of “Doctor Who”, it seems many of the actors, both companions and Doctors, are also left behind by the show.
Did Lis Sladen have any advice or even talk about that?
NOEL: No, she didn’t, the conversation never came up. But as actors, we are well aware of how big the show is and how important it is to have something to fall back on and understand what it means to reinvent themselves. I have been lucky; I have had my writing and my directing to fall back on.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Besides working with Lis Sladen, you worked with two different Doctors, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. What did each bring to the Doctor?
NOEL: I loved working with both men equally. Chris was lovely to work with, but he was able to bring a modern and hip interpretation to the character that was very intense with the leather coat. Chris was able to reestablish the show and get it moving, which allowed David to come in play the character in a lighter tone. David played him more emotional and more likable which kept the series going.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Have you seen Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor? What do you think he brings?
NOEL: I haven’t met the guy, but he brings an air of unpredictability to the Doctor. And that’s great. I know it’s a scripted show, but I never know what Matt is going to do next. He has done a fantastic job.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Have you heard anything about the fiftieth anniversary?
NOEL: No I haven’t, and if I did, I wouldn’t be allowed to talk about it.
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: That’s okay, we understand.
Thank you so much for your time! What do you have upcoming fans can look out for?
SCIENCEFICTIONZONE: Well, whatever else you have coming up, stop by ScienceFictionZone.com and share it with us.
NOEL: Will do! This has been fun.
Images courtesy of Noel Clarke and BBC.
At the intersection of Star Wars, George Noory and Doctor Demento is UFO Phil. He is bald and wears a blue jumpsuit, yellow vest and yellow shorts and that’s the most normal aspect of his personality. I first heard UFO Phil on “Jeremiah Greer Live” on Teancity Radio and “Tha Jackal’s Head” and I spent much of the time laughing. Click on the links highlighted here, give it five minutes and you’ll “get it,” especially as Phil celebrates the Christmas season with his latest single.
I have to admit, as an early Christmas present to myself, I wanted to interview Phil, so I immediately hopped on Facebook and harassed him until he agreed to an interview. We spoke over Skype on Sunday, Dec. 11, and we talked Christmas and the goal of his message which is three fold:
1. Warn people about the invasion from Bad Aliens.
2. Give Phil money.
For a little background, Phil was born Phil Hill and he grew up outside Roswell, New Mexico. His parents were abducted and it led to an interest in extraterrestrials. He soon earned the nickname “UFO Phil.” Because of Phil’s interest in UFOs, he was bullied.
“Can you keep a secret?” he asked. “I had two five year old girls bully me, and one of them kneed me in the stomach. What would you do if you were kneed in the stomach, especially so soon after lunch?” Both girls ended up wearing regurgitated cheeseburgers, tater tots and chocolate milk.
However, because of Phil’s connection with galactic forces outside of Earth’s atmosphere, he found friendship with the alien Zaxon. Zaxon came down and implanted a chip in Phil’s brain turning Phil into an amazing musician. “Zaxon is always about the message of love and forgiveness,” said Phil. “But only after they’ve been punished.”
Phil promised he would hold no grudges and he would offer the hand of friendship, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to see the two five-year-old girls grown up, kicked in the stomach and forced to upchuck cheeseburgers, tater tots and chocolate milk.
However, Phil, who speaks for Zaxon, said both beings are concerned about a group of aliens holding a grudge against humanity and are currently seeking to destroy the planet Earth. “I want to warn the world about the Bad Aliens,” said Phil. “They can be here tomorrow.”
The best way to warn humanity is through music. “I am all about spreading the message of Zaxon and the Good Aliens,” he said. For several years, Phil has been writing songs for years such as “Christmas on the Moon.”
“Can you keep a secret?” he said. “I wrote ‘Christmas on the Moon’ to give a history of why the Bad Aliens hate us,” said Phil. In the song he details how aliens live on the moon that stood anywhere from three inches to three feet high. “When Neil Armstrong landed, he ended up stepping on many of the aliens. Whether he meant to or not, he did and now they are mad at us.”
He said what viewers saw on their televisions in 1969 of Armstrong walking on the moon was a tape delay. NASA used the delay to clean up the footage. “They photoshopped the footage so that way people back on Earth could not see the blood and guts,” said Phil. But he was assured by Zaxon it really happened.
Phil is hoping that Zaxon’s message of peace will reverberate on both sides of the war. “Zaxon is a very good alien and he does not like to hurt people. If someone attacks him, he will deflect the powers and turn the energy positive and reflects it back to the attacker. Should that not work, he’d probably kill them,” said Phil.
But in the meantime, folks are encouraged to find strength in the subliminal messages that are in Phil’s music, such as “Christmas on the Moon.” While his videos are on YouTube.com (click here for his channel), his music is available on download at iTunes.
“I know right now things are tough economically, so if people email me the song they want, I will email to them for free,” he said. “But I want them to send me money.”
Can you, the reader, keep a secret? You don’t need to give Phil money for a song, though he said he would graciously accept money or a big check. “I would go to Zaxon, but I have already asked him for money and I don’t like going to the same people over and over, so I will graciously accept it.”
I mean what is more in tune with the Christmas spirit than giving? Either way, at least watch UFO Phil’s movie at his site and give him a chance.
Can you keep a secret? If you listen to him, you will enjoy him.
Want to hear Don’s conversation with UFO Phil? Check it out at UFO Phil’s You Tube channel here.
All images and interview recordings between UFO Phil and Don Smith courtesy of UFO Phil.
Calling all ‘Supernatural’ fans – I know you haven’t forgotten that the new season premieres this Friday (the 23rd), right? To kick off the event, I have something very special to share with you today.
It’s not often I get the opportunity to interview someone who not only has had such a rich career in Hollywood, but who’s also a very deep, genuine man who gives much thought to the state of the world these days. I’m very honored to be able to bring this to you.
Recently actor Jim Beaver took some time out of his very hectic schedule to answer some questions for me. Mr. Beaver is currently co-starring in ‘Supernatural’ as Bobby, a second father to both Dean and Sam Winchester. You can also see his past work in ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Big Love,’ ‘Reasonable Doubts,’ ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ and was in such movies as ‘Sliver,’ ‘Magnolia,’ ‘The Life of David Gale,’ and more.
He also published a memoir entitled, “Life’s That Way” in 2009. In it he shares personal email updates he sent to family and friends regarding his wife’s health and how they were both coping as they battled her cancer together.
You’ll see that in question six I reference past conversations with Mr. Beaver – he and I have found ourselves in disagreement before on certain specific political issues via Facebook and Twitter. I want to say though that they were unlike any other political debate I’ve ever gotten into before. Mr. Beaver was extremely gracious, respectful and listened to my perspective, and his demeanor left a lasting impression on me. In fact, afterward I realized something – THIS is how debate should be; that we (as Americans) have been doing it wrong all this time. I walked away feeling as though I gained a greater understanding of the issues at hand, and I was so happy and relieved to know that he believes (as I do) that differing opinions doesn’t automatically make someone an adversary. He’s a man of very strong character, and it’s so refreshing to see these characteristics portrayed in this day and age.
Much gratitude to Mr. Beaver making this interview possible – for taking the time to share some insight into what life’s like for him these days, his connection to his character, Bobby, and more!
1. You’ve had quite a rich history in the entertainment industry (‘Deadwood,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘John From Cincinnati,’ ‘Day Break,’ to name just a few)…did you always want to be an actor, or did you originally have other aspirations in mind?
Although I’d acted a couple of times in elementary school plays and auditioned for a couple of high school plays, I’d never had any particular inclination to be an actor. I wanted to be a stuntman during my high school days. A school friend used to rag on me that I’d never be a stuntman in a million years, so I looked him up a few months ago to tell him I’d gotten my first stunt check on ‘Supernatural’ recently! It wasn’t until I got back from Vietnam that I seriously considered acting. At the time, what I really wanted was to be a film historian. There were no film courses at my college, so I took theatre instead, figuring it was sort of related. The first time I auditioned for something, I was pretty much hooked on acting. I haven’t really ever looked back–though I ended up still doing a lot of film history work. Just not for a living!
2. I’ve read that you joined the Marine Corp after high school and spent some time in Vietnam. What was life like for you during that time? How have your experiences over there shape you into who you are today?
It’s a bit of a cliche, but I went into the Marines a boy and came out a man. It matured me in a lot of ways, primarily in terms of confidence in myself. It didn’t eradicate my natural shyness, but it certainly reduced it. And it made me realize what I was capable of, that if I’d survived that experience, there were few things I would face that I couldn’t get through much more easily. It expanded my world view significantly and made me a much more political person. It gave me stories to write and experiences to draw on that ended up benefiting my career substantially, both as a television writer and as an actor. For a time, I was one of a handful of Vietnam veteran writers in Hollywood who were frequently called on whenever a project about the war was being considered, and my first big break as an actor was directly related to my being a Vietnam veteran. It was also in Vietnam that I happened to encounter my first significant exposure to Shakespeare, which had a profound effect on me. I wouldn’t want to do it again, but I’m grateful for those experiences.
3. In your role as Bobby in ‘Supernatural,’ how much of your personality comes through in your portrayal of him? What similarities or differences are there between the two of you?
Bobby is in some ways the unsmoothed-over version of me. His tenderness, his good-hearted nature, his irony and sarcasm, are, I like to think, all very much the same as mine. His gruffness, his hardness are also part of who I am, but they’re parts I generally sublimate to the best of my ability. I have a fearsome temper, but it doesn’t get provoked very much. The big difference between me and Bobby is that he’s an incredibly brave man and I’m a chicken.
4. It’s no secret that a career in acting can be, well…invasive at times. How has adjusting to a life in the public eye affected you?
Unlike some people who find themselves in the public eye (a much better phrase than “celebrity,” which seems so unlike my experience of what’s happened), I have deliberately and with some real consideration decided to be very accessible. I find life more interesting the more doors I keep open, so I’m all over the place with social networking and public events, much more than some actors would be comfortable being. It has, overall, been incredibly enriching. There are always going to be people who take it too far, who want to involve you in their lives in inappropriate ways, who want to believe that because they know your character on a show that they then know *you*. And there are always people who want to use you to advance their own hopes and dreams. I find most of this tolerable and quite counter-balanced by the benefit I get from being in real connection with people I wouldn’t otherwise know. Sometimes it can be painful — telling people “no” is very difficult for me, but increasingly necessary. For the most part, though, it has been wildly rewarding. Having people tell you they like your work, or that you’ve touched their hearts in some way, is a magnificent gift. I treasure my privacy, but I like to keep myself open to as much life as I can.
5. Since his debut in “Devil’s Trap,” Bobby has seen and endured much (possession, paralysis, the theft of his soul to name a few). How has his past experiences changed him from who he was in the beginning to who he is currently?
It’s hard for me to say how Bobby’s experiences have changed him. It’s like asking how heating up the water has affected the faucet. I’m just the guy Bobby comes through. In all probability, the writers give much more thought to Bobby’s inner feelings than I do. That’s not to say I don’t consider them, but I consider how to interpret them, not what they are or how they change. That’s the writers’ job. The soul of Bobby Singer is really found inside Eric Kripke and Sera Gamble and Ben Edlund and their cohorts. They jointly and singly decide how these changes affect him. I just read what they wrote and try to make it clear in performance. If I had to commit to an opinion on this, I’d simply quote “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” I’d say Bobby has grown stronger through adversity and has prevailed. So far!
6. Based on our past conversations I can tell you are a man of strong convictions, and it is a very admirable quality. What do you think is the strongest issue facing us as a global community today, and what are your suggestions for remedying it?
In the myriad of issues facing the world, I can think of none more troubling than the increasing shift toward coarseness, discourtesy, division, and inhumanity (in increasing order of distressfulness) in our public and private discourse, and our decreasing respect for education, wisdom, knowledge, scientific and intellectual awareness in favor of emotional responses to the problems of the day. When people deal with problems and disagreements by angry and recriminatory means rather than thoughtful ones, when any disagreement is the sign of an “enemy,” when people believe that how “good” a leader makes them feel is more important than what he knows and can articulate, when the importance of education is diminished in comparison with that of personal gain, then I think the world is in grave danger, and all the other issues can be seen as merely outcroppings of those basic ones. I live by two rules: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and gain all the knowledge you can. It seems to me that being true to those two guidelines, on both a personal and a community level, would resolve pretty much everything threatening the peace of the world.
7. I’ve recently read your book entitled “Life’s That Way.” It is such a touching memoir..words cannot adequately convey how moved I was by it. In a time of such intense pain, you showed great bravery and found the necessary strength that helped you to put your emotions into words, thus allowing you to share your experience with others. If you don’t mind sharing, what made you decide to go forward with the publishing of your emails? What advice do you have for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one?
I was at first somewhat reluctant to publish the emails that make up “Life’s That Way.” Though an audience of thousands had read the original emails as I sent them out night after night, they were in a way too private still to consider making them available to the public at large, and to do all the selling and promoting necessary to market such a book seemed undignified and diminishing. But one person in particular changed my mind. A woman I’d known as a casual friend for many years (though I’d clearly not known her as well as I thought) talked to me about the emails once. She told me that 25 years previously (before I’d known her), she had lost her husband and her son within 6 weeks, and she’d never talked about it to anyone. After reading my emails about my own experience with fear and loss, she had begun talking to people about hers, and that doing so had, in her words, “changed my life.” She had found what I had found, the richness that comes of sharing pain and sorrow with souls who care. I instantly knew that if my emails could have that effect, then there were many others who might benefit as well. I’ve found it to be true. I get thousands of letters and emails from people who had just that response in their own lives. It is unbelievably moving to me. The book has a lot of what I would advise people who are grieving and those who care about them, too much to recount here. I believe it is effective, because people tell me it is. If there’s a core piece of advice, it’s to open oneself to the experience, talk about it, share it, express it, and welcome the wise (and even the unwise) attempts of others to participate in it with you.
8. Are there any charities you give to that are near and dear to your heart?
The charity that I am most deeply involved with, the one I direct my friends to participate in to the extent of their ability, is the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (http://www.jwcf.org/). I’ve been involved with others (Autism Speaks, The Actors Fund, etc.), but the John Wayne Cancer Foundation is the closest to my heart.
9. You (and Misha) seem to enjoy being in touch with your fans via Twitter and Facebook. What personally made you decide to join?
I think my reasons for getting involved in Facebook and Twitter are pretty well explained in my earlier comments about choosing to be less hidden away, less secretive, less cloistered than some people who achieve a certain public notice. A lot of that feeling comes from my experiences that led to my book, when I learned the power of being open and available and more revelatory than I was used to being. I’ve found that nothing makes me feel safer than allowing myself to be vulnerable. Twitter and Facebook are a way for me to do that, without having a hundred thousand people show up at my house!
10. After all he’s been through, what do you think is in store for Bobby in the future? Does he stands a chance of growing old and enjoying a peaceful, normal life?
If Bobby didn’t think he had a chance to grow old in a peaceful world, I don’t think he’d bother with being a grumpy knight errant. Hope springs eternal!
11. What are some things you enjoy doing that help you wind down after a stressful day?
I’m an internet junkie in the worst way–have a very hard time staying away from it, despite the fact that it has seriously clobbered my artistic productivity as a writer. Aside from that, reading and movies are my two great loves. I try to read at least a little every day, and I’m pretty successful at that. And as Facebook friends know, I’m a voracious movie watcher. I love to watch them and then to write my impressions. These are my every-single-day relaxations and enjoyments. I deeply love a wide variety of music, and I like baseball, but I don’t devote nearly as much time to those.
12. Working in Vancouver while having a life in the States must be tricky. How do you manage to keep things running smoothly at home while you’re away on set?
The biggest drawback to working in Vancouver is that I have a young daughter and a home in Los Angeles. Were it not for my daughter, I would be wonderfully satisfied living long stretches in a hotel in Vancouver. I’m a bit of a loner, and have a great time being by myself, so being on my own away from home is no problem usually. But I have to be away from my daughter far too much. Fortunately, she has a nanny who is really the only mother she remembers, a wonderful woman named Maribel who has been with her since she was 6 months old, and she cares for Maddie as though she were her own. So I can always leave, even at a moment’s notice, knowing my daughter is in excellent, patient, loving hands. And I have a dear friend, actress and producer Paula Rhodes, who drops by my house every few days to make sure the mail is in order and that I know about any bills that need tending. It’s a great situation in most ways. Fortunately for me, I love being home and I love being away, just as I love working and I love having days off. I’m very happy and grateful for my situation these days.
13. Are you living your dream right now?
You bet your ass I’m living my dream!
There’s a new book that’s nearing release this November, and trust me when I say you DON’T want to miss this one.
Written by Marie Lu, Legend is a phenomenal story! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy, and I was very impressed. Legend is extremely fascinating – the reader is introduced to two characters who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed. One’s the hunter; the other, the hunted. When they finally cross paths, the truth they uncover is staggering.
I’d love to say more about the book, but I’m going to be doing an official review of it right before its release. Believe me when I tell you that you definitely want to read this one! I’m an extremely picky reader, and I found myself immersed in this book in only a few pages.
In addition, CBS Films recently picked up the movie rights to Legend and it’s currently in preproduction.
Recently I had the honor of interviewing Marie Lu for the second time, and she was gracious as always. Please keep reading to learn more about her and the exciting release of her book!
To learn more about Legend, click HERE.
You can also learn more about Marie Lu, but reading about her HERE in our People of Note section (both links will open in a new window).
1. Now that we’re nearing November, it definitely seems as though fans are pumped about the release of Legend. How about you? How are you feeling about all of this?
I’m alternately excited and very scared. I’m not sure when the realization of publication hits other debut writers, but I don’t think it has hit me yet. Some days I wake up and am still shocked by how much Legend has taken on a life of its own. It’s unbelievable.
2. How has life changed for you since moving forward with Legend (or has it)?
Life has changed in a few ways. I write full-time now, and it’s kind of surreal to be able to get up and do whatever I want at home–I get to write, draw, and work on my own little games/promotion. All the things I used to sneak in on the side as minor hobbies are now my entire day, which is amazing! I’m also much more neurotic than before.
My mood swings up and down in conjunction with Goodreads reviews.
3. How is the movie adaptation of your book progressing?
CBS Films brought on two talented screenwriters (Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari) for Legend, and they are now working on drafts of the script. I’ve also had a couple of great meetings with CBS Films and Temple Hill. Everyone has been really passionate and full of energy.
4. We recently learned that Jonathan Levine has been picked to direct Legend. He’s an interesting choice for the position; what led to that decision?
I didn’t play a part in choosing Jonathan Levine, but I think he’s a genius at delving deep into characters and character relationships. That matters more to me in a movie than the greatest special effects.
If anyone can properly portray the character dynamics in Legend, it’s Jonathan. Have you seen the trailers for 50/50 (his upcoming movie)? So good.
6. Will we be seeing you at any book signings in the future?
Definitely! I think events will start picking up in the late fall, and I’ll post about all of them online as the dates draw closer.
7. What message do you hope readers take from Legend?
I didn’t really have a conscious message when going into Legend, so I hope that readers are firstly entertained by the story. That’s my ultimate goal. Having said that, I hope Legend will encourage readers to look around and see past rumors and lies, to always seek out the truth, and to really read up on issues they believe or don’t believe in. There are always two sides to every story.
8. What are you hoping CBS Films is able to bring to life for this film? In other words, what do they HAVE to get right…what’s non-negotiable in terms of Legend?
The characters’ personalities, inner conflicts, and evolution. Fortunately, the book is in very good hands. I think I lucked out.