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1 October 2014
Yes, I'm late again. I know.
The first few dates of our little Noirland tour have been confirmed for Belfast, Ballymena and Portstewart. I'm still trying to organize showings in Ballymoney and Derry as well, so keep an eye on the main Noirland FB Page for updates and please come along to the screenings and bring all your family, friends, enemies, strangers, Hollywood moguls, basically everyone you can overpower or blackmail.
My new novel Oneironaut has now been renamed Dreamwalker. I struggled with this decision a lot and eventually decided that any casual reader who saw it on a shelf would have a vague idea of what it was about if they saw Dreamwalker - they probably wouldn't have a clue what Oneironaut meant. I hope it won't make any difference to my lovely, sexy, gorgeous loyal readers... a rose by any other name and all that.
I've entered a sitcom script in the BBC's Craic Off competition. They were looking for sitcoms set in NI (because there aren't any) and I came up with a house-share comedy based on various incidents and people I've known over the years. I would love this to get picked up - I have so many ideas for it. I think we all find out in November who has been short-listed, so it's more waiting.
My new film-script is also finished and I'm really happy with it. I have a couple of avenues I'm looking into for funding. Although Noirland looks really good for what we had to spend on it, it was a really hard slog and I would like to be able to pay my actors next time around - some of whom have done several films for me now for little more than crisps and coke (of the coca-cola variety, not the Scarface merchandise). Anyway, if all goes well, I should be ready to film in the first half of 2015.
I'll be trying to organize some sort of book-signing for Dreamwalker around Halloween. Keep an eye on my FB Author Page for more details.
9 July 2014
Garth Brooks speaks exclusively to us about concert cancellations!!
Well, that should get the site a few more hits. Another lengthy break from updating this site. Again, there is so much stuff I am waiting to hear about, I keep putting this off for when I have a bombshell to share. Well, no bombshells as such but...
Noirland is finished! After the Belfast Film Festival screening there were some technical problems that needing fixing and - mostly due to circumstances beyond my control - they took a lot longer than I hoped. Now that the film is as perfect as it can be, I can start organizing some screenings to help fund some festival entries, after all the goal is to get it out there and see what people think if it. I actually thought we had a good chance of winning the BFF Audience Choice Award since we got such a great turn out, but they seem to have forgotten to award it! I've emailed them a couple of times and asked who won; first time they said they would announce it on their site later that day (they didn't), and the second time they just didn't answer me. Strange. If anyone knows what's going on, please let me know.
I am currently proof-reading Oneironaut and can't actually believe I wrote it at times. Since I took such a long break in the middle of writing it (to do Noirland) I've forgotten loads of what I wrote in the early chapters and I have to say, I think it's damn good! Come Halloween, we'll see if you all agree.
I'm also working on my next film-script. This is something else I'm really excited about. It's a suspense/ horror and pretty hard to compare to anything else - maybe a little bit influenced by Hitchcock's Psycho, but it's definitely it's own beast. I'm about halfway through writing it and things are heating up nicely for my unfortunate heroine. If all goes well and I can get some money gathered up, I hope to shoot this autumn/ winter.
I've also started another short story (which doesn't look like it's going to be that short) that will probably end up in my short story collection when I have enough to fill a book. I've also been tidying up some of my early shorts for this book too, which is sometimes funny, sometimes cringey.
Keep an eye here and on my Facebook page for details of Noirland screenings and please come along and support local film!
22 April 2014
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Noirland premiere in Belfast. We sold out the Movie House! I actually ended up sitting on the floor at the back of the cinema because there weren't any seats left. The audience were brilliant and made all the right noises in the right places, so it was a really great night. For all of you who couldn't make it to Belfast, there will be further showings around NI in the next few months to fund our festival entries, and then we'll be entering all the festivals we can afford both nationally and internationally, so be sure to give the Noirland Facebook Page a Like so you'll know when there's a screening near you.
As always I'm teetering on the brink of a lot of exciting things that I'm not allowed to tell you about yet, so please just keep your fingers crossed and send all good vibes out into the universe on my behalf.
Now I must crawl back into my cave and write. First priority is finishing my latest novel, then I've had a wicked little idea for a short film, which I'll hopefully get written and filmed pretty quickly, and then I've had a real lightbulb idea for my next feature film - and this time, it'll be scary. :-)
Watch this space....
14 February 2014
Look at how long it's taken me to update this again! I'm only doing it now because it's 5am and I'm full of the cold and can't get to sleep because of a bunged-up nose.
So, first off, thanks to everyone who downloaded my books over the free Christmas giveaway. My books were downloaded almost 2,500 times and so far the reviews have been positive.
So where is this year's book, I hear a few of you ask? Still not done is the frustrating answer. The problem is other things come up, things with deadlines, and if I want to make the deadline I have to do them first. Due to this, and an imminent housing problem, it may well be the summer before the new novel sees the light of day, or maybe even my old Halloween timeslot if things keep bombarding me.
Still no word back from the BBC about my sitcom submission. This seems to be taking longer than usual for them to reply. Is that a good sign or a bad one? Who knows?
But what's taking the most time at the moment is Noirland. After months of cutting and re-cutting NIS have now given me the OK on picture lock. This means I can finally start working on the sound mix and grading, which is good as our world premiere is on March 30th at the Movie House cinema on the Dublin Road, Belfast, showing as part of Belfast Film Festival.
Look at that [top left] - my website has passed the 10,000 hits mark. Woo-hoo!