Today I’m happy to host Vanessa Morgan, the author of Drowned Sorrow, The Strangers Outside, A Good Man and GPS With Benefits. Each of these stories have been adapted into movies. How did she accomplish this? Well she’s kind enough to share. Please welcome Vanessa Morgan.
I’m getting many questions from authors wanting to know how I managed
to get all my stories adapted into movies. While I never followed a
specific plan to accomplish this, I thought I’d share with you my
story about how I got several filmmakers interested in my books.
Everything started when my first novel of supernatural suspense,
Drowned Sorrow, was released. I was still working as a freelance
journalist at that time and had been invited to the film set of a
local horror movie. At the end of the day, I exchanged business cards
with the producer so we could send each other updates concerning the
article. He visited my blog url and was immediately fascinated with
the concept of Drowned Sorrow which was about a remote town where
water had become a supernatural element that can think, move, and
kill. He bought the book and contacted me a little later to ask if I’d
be willing to sell the movie rights. According to the latest news,
Drew Barrymore is slated to direct Drowned Sorrow.
My second film adaptation happened in a similar way. I’d been invited
to a movie premiere of a French film to write a review. One of the
crew members was looking to make his first short film. He too bought
Drowned Sorrow after visiting my blog. As I had nothing else published
at that time, he asked me if I had written any short stories in the
same vein. A few months earlier, I wrote The Strangers Outside in
which two sisters find themselves surrounded in a holiday cottage by
ominous figures in monk clothes. I’d been asked to contribute The
Strangers Outside for a short story collection, but the collection
never saw the light of day. The Strangers Outside got immediately
accepted to become a short film, which led me to publishing that same
short story on Amazon. Fun fact: my cat, Avalon, played a major part
in the movie adaptation of The Strangers Outside.
One movie opportunity led to the other. On the set of The Strangers
Outside, I met actor/producer Pierre Lekeux. He liked the work I’d
done on The Strangers Outside and asked me if I was interested to
write a French screenplay about vampires. In the weeks that followed,
I thought about how Pierre’s unique personality would mingle with
vampirism: a 54-year-old vampire, suffering from artritis and a
midlife crisis, who seduces lonely women to convince himself he’s
still desirable despite being ugly and old, and then eats them. Three
months later, I had a first draft of a screenplay titled Un homme bien
(translating in English as A Good Man). A Good Man / Un homme bien is
currently touring film festivals around the world.
While A Good Man was in production, I wrote the short film script GPS
With Benefits. I got the idea for GPS when I was in the car with a
friend. He was talking to his GPS device, insulting it, and I wondered
what it would be like if the device would be able to actually talk
back to the driver or even hit him if he wasn’t following the traffic
rules. The result I imagined was extremely visual and cartoonish; the
perfect idea for a short film. When the director of A Good Man heard I
had a new script ready, he asked to read it. GPS With Benefits will be
his next project and is currently in production.
So, that’s my story. As you can see, it doesn’t always take a million
copy bestseller for your novel to become a movie. Good luck with
Drowned Sorrow, The Strangers Outside, A Good Man and GPS With
Benefits are all available for purchase through the major retailers.
For more information on my books and their movie adaptations, feel
free to visit my blog http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com
About the Author:
Vanessa Morgan is known as the ‘female version of Stephen King’. Her screenplay, A GOOD MAN, is in production to become a feature film. She is also the author of DROWNED SORROW and THE STRANGERS OUTSIDE. If she’s not working on her latest supernatural thriller, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, blogging, digging through flea markets or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to her cat. She writes in English, Dutch and French.