Thoughts on filming, and writing books that matter

It’s happening this weekend; We are filming the book trailer for the Remnant. I get to work with the amazingly talented Manhattan Co. Creative Media and some of the most enthusiastic rookie actors ever. We have found this bunker that is on public land and, although we can’t get into it, it’s going to be one cool backdrop. My laundry-room is full of wardrobe bits and pieces, and my desk has coloured contacts on it (because Hunter, the main character in the book, has different coloured eyes). It’s all happening. I’m a bit nervous.

In filming this trailer (actually, three of them), I’m doing something scary. I’m committing to the world that no matter what faces me in the next few months. I’m finishing this book and its two (perhaps three) sequels.

Now, I can’t stand it when people write a trilogy because they needed three books to get noticed. That’s not why I’m doing this. It will be three, maybe four books. It will be so because the story is in three huge parts. I just can’t fit it all in one.

It’s dystopian. It’s about a group called the Remnant, a concept based on the fact that wherever there is persecution, whenever the world becomes a dark place, God always raises up a people who can show the way to the light again. Through-out the Bible it is called the Remnant. But we haven’t seen it in modern times, and we need to.

Because the world is a crazy dark place. And because the global church is not where it should be.

In this book, the Remnant are hunted by a government that forbids belief in a deity at all. Hence, they’ve been driven underground. Literally. They live in bunkers, sneaking out by cover of night in order to tend to the poor and the needy. They can’t be discovered or they’ll be tortured and killed.

The problem is one of them just got caught, and he’s significant. Meanwhile, his adopted son is done with hiding. He’s been a no-talent, neither seer nor hearer, until now. But his gifts are different. He’s not a prophet that sees scenarios. He sees right into the spirit realm where angels and demons war over the future of humanity. There are four global quadrants on the verge of war, two principalities are vying for rulership over the Southern Global Quadrant and there are innocents caught in the crossfire.

That’s book one! Book two I can see clearly. Book three is taking some time to brew, because it’s easy to say that the church is not where it should be. It’s harder to paint a picture of the church as it was intended. I don’t believe we’ve seen that in modern times either.

I mean, I’ve got 18 months to think about that, because there is a book or two in between, but it consumes my thoughts. I’ve never wanted to be a writer who wrote stuff that didn’t matter. But writing what does matter means you have to go deep. I’ll admit, writing book one of the Remnant has made me confront parts of my own belief system and challenged me to do better in other aspects of my life. That’s the journey of writing. I only hope that it translates in the prose I present you with eventually.

So that’s what I grapple with now! In presenting you the trailer, I’m committing to finish this thing in the next few months. I can’t wait to see it. I also can’t wait to see the cover concepts that emerge. I’ll let you vote on which you like best as they get developed. Can’t wait!

Peace! Clare

Honestly now

The week that concluded on Saturday was an odd sort of high point. I finished my first ghost-written manuscript, one which I have no doubt will change lives and bring hope to thousands. I say finished, but we are in edit stage a couple of months short of publication…but still.

Hubby is the president of the local district in his political party. After the resignation of the guy who had held the seat for twenty+ years, a by election was triggered. It looked like it was going to be a tight one, but we knew about ten minutes after the polls had closed – we’d held the seat convincingly. It was a sweet victory for a cast of thousands. Last time we’d held a post-election party (only months previous), there was a marked difference in mood. Our team had lost the election, and several of us had lost our jobs.

So it was nice to win this. Really nice.

But instead of celebrating today, we are…sleepy! Isn’t it funny how that happens? Now, I know the physiology and neurology of why that happens, but it would just be so nice to feel relief and exhilaration instead?

My next ghostwriting gigs are coming out of the woodwork and I’ll soon be busy again, but instead of throwing myself into writing my novel, I’m googling pictures of the worlds cutest dog and dreaming of upgrading my house.

This seems to be how I celebrate the completion of a manuscript!

Eh. Oh well. I’ll be productive tomorrow. Today, I’m watching ‘Friends’ re-runs and remembering that hubby and I have both done something big this week. So that’s what this little author is up to today! I’ll be motivated tomorrow!

Over and out!

C

Oh Em Gee! It’s Off To The Editor

This thing just happened that has been eleven months in the making. Eleven months of wrapping my brain around a complex concept that not many people know about. Eleven months of word-smithing big neuro stuff into something understandable and engaging. Eleven months of knowing that this book can change so many lives…

…if I do it right.

I just sent it to the editor. Wow.

It’s like sending your baby in for surgery. I get to pace up and down in the waiting room (my study) until it comes back now. It will be all marked with stitches (comments in the track changes section) for me to take home.

Okay so that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s what it feels like. My editor is this fab lady who sees the vision for the book and knows how many lives it can change. I can trust her with it. Still, its an odd feeling sending it off.

So what do I do now? I pour my heart and soul into the next manuscript I’m writing. I just passed 45,000 words on the 7th draft, putting me about half way. I’ve finally gotten the narrative voice right so the next books will come easier. Its been like chipping away at a gigantic slab of marble, getting this done. It will be nice to concentrate on that for a bit. I’ve learned I can only pour my heart and soul into one piece at a time, so after eleven months The Remnant has earned my attention!

We film the book trailer soon as you know – so there’s that. There are also a lot of little jobs around the edges, including some work for a not for profit that is doing amazing research work. I’ll hardly be an idle woman.

But its still a big thing, sending something off to the editor! I just thought I’d acknowledge this big moment in a little blog post (AKA – do something with my nerves before I plug myself into the next task)!

Have a fab day people!

Over and Out!

C

 

Book Trailer Coming Soon!

This little author couldn’t be more excited. Today I sat down with my talented videographer friend and talked through the script and shot list for my upcoming book trailer.

So pumped!

I’ve all but completed the casting and my team is coming together for wardrobe, make-up and props. My talented mother-in-law is dragging out her stage make-up kit in order to make one of my cast look beaten up (wow!), and we are off and running.

It all happens on March 29, which also happens to be my birthday. I just can’t wait to show it to you.

Heck! I can’t wait to show it to me!