|Shooting Cinema 13 in 2006|
Eight years ago, Two life changing events occurred: I moved to Madison, Wisconsin and I began writing my most ambitious full length novel to date: A novelized reworking the failed film attempt of what was previously know as "Cinema 13." Off and on, I would tweak it carefully... I intentionally took my time. I found through writing the novel, there was something profoundly personal about this particular story. Over the years, I got A LOT of constructive feedback and made an endless amount of revisions. At times, the novel collected dust for more than a year at a time.
But I did not quit.
In 2010, inspired by a personal experience told to me over a campfire by Corey Eckes, I wrote A HOT SUMMER CHILL as a short story set in the same world as the novel. This was followed by a total of seven short stories with smaller tales taking place a few months before the novel. It allowed me to explore the main novel characters without the fatigue of revising a 200 page novel.
Four years later, I would adapt A Hot Summer Chill into a short film. It was quickly followed by Reflections (an adaption of the Drowning Demons' prologue), The Waiting Room & Demon in the Waiting Room - both originally short stories - followed the film adaptation trend.
In 2016, we will follow suit with MOURNING IN THE CEMETERY, the last chapter in The Raven James Chronicles Volume One.
This will of course be followed by Volume Two, which will feature contributing writers to the series.
Also in 2016, my journey of writing my phoenix novel (the novel emerged from the ashes of an unfinished film) will end.
That novel is DROWNING DEMONS. Starting today, Drowning Demons: A Raven James Novel is available via pre-order on Amazon
Drowning Demons, my debut novel, will be released on March 15th 2016, nearly 9 long years after I began writing it, and a FULL DECADE after our initial attempt to make Cinema 13.
For those of you who have been with me on this journey (in both the films and the novel), I am eternally grateful.
I am especially proud of these stories because they span over two different mediums (no pun intended). It is a dream come true to tell a story through both novel and film.
I'm just getting started.