Roman stared blankly into the darkness for what seemed an eternity but was most likely only a moment or two. He neither saw nor heard anything out of the ordinary. He had never felt so alone in all of his life. He felt as though the solitude would crush him.
“Good-bye, my dear sweet boy,” he finally mouthed to the night sky. “I love you!” If either God or Jerry Bronson heard Roman’s impassioned declaration, they did not answer.
Excerpt from 2009’s I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush!
Longtime readers of my blog know that I began this effort in December 2009 to help promote my writing projects, specifically my horror/thriller novel, I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush. It was always my GOAL to be happy if even one individual outside my family told me they enjoyed the book. I am thrilled to say that my initial goal was reached and exceeded a couple times over.
With feedback being overwhelmingly positive, I began working my follow-on tale, Dove of War (due to be published in July 2012) and the related webcomic, Void (see my post on 22 June 2012). Dogwoods went on to be recognized and honored in the “Fiction/Thriller” category by the Military Writer’s Society of America in 2011.
So what’s next? A movie adaptation? In fact, YES! That’s EXACTLY what’s coming next!
Earlier this month, I partnered with my buddy and fellow North Georgia College alum Geno Scala (Shark Eating Man Productions) to adapt I Know Why the Dogwoods Blush into a feature film screenplay. I will also be one of the executive producers of the project with filming expected to begin in Spring 2013.
Geno is no stranger either to me or script-writing success. His latest screenplay, Banking on Betty is currently a finalist in the 2012 StoryPros Competition. As of this writing, Betty is one of twenty (20) finalists from a pool that began in excess of 4,000 (Script Pipeline). Yep! 4,000+! Nothing but the best, baby!
The second place and below finishers will be announced in July. I am already convinced that Betty will finish #1 with ease!
With the press release of 14 June announcing our partnership, we’ve already received producer inquiries from Wild Horse Films, Zero Gravity and a host of other film production and management companies for potential partnerships! And this is just the beginning!
We are now in discussions about possibly filming Dogwoods in conjunction with NGCSU filmmakers and local talent to make it a more “at home” production. That means you might see Jerry Bronson, Ol’ Blue and the Broken Bones biker gang mixing it up in North Georgia next year! I sure hope so!
Obviously, this will morph many times in the weeks and months ahead. Keep reading here for the latest news!
Next week, more on July’s coming sequel to Dogwoods, Dove of War!
Pray for peace but get ready for … WAR!
UPDATE!!!! Dove of War is available now from Amazon.com. Click this link and check it out! And don’t forget to let me know what you thought of it!!!