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Okay, I can smell fresh popped popcorn with extra melted butter...and a large ice tea to wash it down. There is nothing better than popcorn at the movies. Oh, wait! Yes there is! Eating popcorn at a movie...that is based on YOUR novel! At least, that is what I am imagining and have been for the past few years.
With three novels published and all three capturing the attention of the film industry, I think I may be on to something. Maybe all these years of visualizing my novels as movies while I write them is a form of deja vu. Regardless, I believe it is only a matter of time.
Well, yesterday was an exciting day. I opened up my email in the morning and found an enquiry from a film producer/director who is very interested in my eternal youth conspiracy thriller The River. Of course, I'm not mentioning names here, but I will tell you that we are already discussing the creation of a screenplay, one that will follow my novel very closely.
One of the thrilling aspects for me is the opportunity to work on this screenplay with the producer, to have input in the process and to feel part of the movie's creation. Like my bestselling assisted suicide novel Whale Song, I have seen The River unfold in my mind, from beginning to end, even before I started writing it. And like Whale Song, I smell popcorn when I even start to think of a movie.
I can visualize the mysterious Nahanni River, an area that has been referred to as the Bermuda Triangle of Canada. I can clearly see Virginia Falls in my mind, taste campfire smoke in my mouth, see and hear the rapids...and a strange blue light...
So, for all of my fans who have emailed me over the past 2 years, it looks like your good wishes and all those crossed fingers may just pay off. I will keep you informed of this as things develop, but in fairness to the producer, I won't be releasing his name until he gives me the okay.