Here on Letters Inside Out, today I have Emma Daley here with a guest post about making her book into a movie!
Four destined characters run into each other by chance and discover their pasts connect them in a prophecy to destroy some of the universes most gruesome creatures. The mystery of Aniah’s past begins to unravel when she meets a stranger in the desert outside her ranch on the planet Delucia. Strange things start to happen around the ranch and Aniah experiences horrible nightmares of a dark creature the longer this stranger stays and the more she begins to question her fathers disappearance years ago. This story takes you to other worlds and although the first novel offers a little more romance and mystery with some thriller, the other novels in the series have more action and adventure in them as the characters travel the universe and visit incredible worlds. Sample from the book: There is something frightening about the way a hateful, unknown creature looks back at you. The way its beady red eyes snarl at you, and it’s cheek curls with a hiss to reveal the greedy canines beneath. It is one thing to dream of this beastly creature, and it is another to have it inches from your face, its warm ungodly breath on your cheek, and its pallid gray bones reaching to devour you. My name is Aniah, and once my world was safe. But like many others throughout the universe-and here on the planet Delucia-fate would have me meet with the Mangitori de Sangue; an ancient army of blood-lusting creatures who have been frightening and devouring the inhabitants of the universe for decades. My fate brings me deep into their world. In fact, it is written somewhere-and the stories have been told long before I was ever born-of a prophecy wherein a young woman with the heart and soul of an angel will lead the universe in a victory against the Mangitori de Sangue. I am that woman. I just have to stay alive long enough to figure out how.
I have been asked the question often…If my books were made into a movie, who would I choose to play certain characters? For most of the characters I have it down; I love Natalie Portman for the role of Aniah, though I’ve looked at some other girls to play the part and wondered, I think she would be impressive in the role; she’s petite and can be timid or tough depending on the need. For Dyna I’m stuck on a face such as Diane Kruger, those roles have all been easy to fill. But, although I have a pretty vivid picture in my mind as to what my Novell looks like or who he is as a character to me, I have had quite the difficult time deciding who would be the right person to play his role. I don’t know f other writers do this when I needed inspiration for the part of Novell, I actually imagined someone specifically…it is probably not who you would suspect. So, I’m going to reveal my muse when it came to Novell’s voice and character. If any of you have seen the movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, you might have feel the rush I felt realizing that Clive Owen could in fact play a sultry seducer. Much like Darcy from “Pride and Prejudice”, I found myself viewing Clive in this similar fashion throughout his role in this film. Not all will feel this way when watching this film, but as I tried to figure out the details of Novell; the way he smiled, walked, his candor, the way he held himself and his emotions (men have to do it just right to attract our attention) etc. I found myself thinking…what would Clive do in Elizabeth? However much that might ruin or enhance your image of Novell, I haven’t quite pinned down whom I might want to play the role of Novell if the movie were ever made; I’d love to hear suggestions.
About the Author
Emma Daley was eccentric; this was something her mother knew right from the start. At only the age of three, you could find her perched in the center of the dining table, a tape player in her lap, while the other kids gathered to listen to her recite her own creative version of her favorite tales like “Jack and The Bean Stalk” or “Peter Pan”.
As she grew up, she moved on to bigger and better things. With her older sister, Emma started dressing up the neighbor kids and auditioning for parts in Beauty and the beast, and Cinderella using mops and her mother’s make up for costumes.
Her imagination was fueled when she signed up for a high school Greek Mythology class. It was there in high school Mythology class that Emma found her dream. Her teacher recognized her talent, and encouraged her to pursue a career in the one thing that brought her imagination to life, writing. As a military wife and with life’s fast pace and strenuous demands, it wasn’t until she was 26 that she finally decided to pursue those long forgotten dreams.
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Thanks for having me on the blog today, looking forward to seeing who wins the giveaway
Sounds great and like many books could be part of the series. I love that the first is like a foundation and then the rest are action and adventure throughout the universe.
Thanks so much for participating. Awesome guest post!