Scripting a book trailer.

A novel contains reams of material. Distilling all that into a movie-style trailer took some major thought. I think I have what will work best, introducing the audience to the story and the major conflict.

LQkl3yInQQqJVWBvOJlr+gThe key is to tell enough without telling too much. Not an easy task. A great production team is ready to bring this script to the screen. I’ll post more about the process, and of course, the final video.


How the book began…

The following is a short video, showing how I sketched out an idea for a story, the very beginning. It evolved into my novel to be released in October 2019, titled, The Next Testament.

I usually start with a title. Everything points in that direction. From there, I start sketching out some of the big concepts and action that will take place. Then it’s characters. More vids to follow, showing the details of the process in short form. Stay tuned.

Dark Currents, book trailer video

Dark Currents is the title of my next novel. It’s a thriller set on my favorite island of Aruba. Here’s the video trailer for the book.

A little scary, very intriguing, with enough twists to keep you reading to the very last page. San Nicolaas Police Chief Jules Calenda, who you met in my novels An Island Away and Under A Blue Flag figures in the story, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Suffice it to say, two people go snorkeling, one comes back, or did they? Dark Currents will be released on 26 June 2012. You can pre-order the paper version from or get the Kindle version on the 26th. Enjoy the story!

Published in: on May 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Intrigue in Iceland

Jar City, by Arnaldur Indridason, introduces Inspector Erlendur in this meandering tale of murder, cold cases, and dreary weather. Things start off with the murder of an old man, found in his apartment by the upstairs neighbors. Could be nothing but a break-in by a petty criminal thought to be looking for small money. Turns out the dead man is connected to a rape case many years ago. Inspector Erlendur starts down the trail and never looks back despite the misgivings of his team, the foul weather, and troubles in his own family (a daughter mixed up with dope).

Erlendur is not a brilliant man, but he is methodical and relentless. He has no life but his work and the regrets he carries about his children. Thus, he’s able to stay on point, chasing leads that sometimes dead end and other times hit paydirt. In the process, he makes the right connections in this case, which are not so surprising as they are satisfying.

I look forward to another installment with Inspector Erlendur, hoping the character grows in several dimentions as he works out his own demons and catches those committing crimes.

Published in: on May 9, 2011 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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