Samantha is one of the key rolls to an Ember movie. Without her the story would not work. Smart, petite and artistic...she is Max's possible soulmate. Many people who read Ember immediately see one particular actress in the part...Hayden Panettiere.
I can see why, she's small and carries a strong confidence that my character Sam has. I never really saw her in the part when I was writing the story but I would be willing to give her a chance. I'll give credit to the young fan who first threw Hayden's name out there when I asked about casting the Ember movie..."THANKS COURT!"
Feel free to add your choices in the cast!
Be sure to check out past choices for the girl next door in the Ember series...M.D.
A: Hopefully I will be able to offer that in the future. I am trying to embrace the digital future but the thought of running my fingers over the cover of one of my books, is very exciting. I am sure I will make some one day...M.D.
Let's start the week off with some music from one of the best things to happen to music! Garbage! I. LOVE. THEM. When writing the original manuscript for EMBER, this band was on continuous rotation on my computer and stereo.
Chapter 9: CRUSH is where this song resides in Book 1 EMBER. Great chapter, even greater song! I hope you enjoy the song!
Words have never been this much fun! It's simple. It's addictive. It's a fantastic time waster! The game is quite simple. Choose the correct tiles to make up a word that shares the same meaning as the one already given...
The Ember movie can only be epic with the right casting. Today it's Asia's turn...
She is best known for the new 90210 series and a couple small parts in the movies. She fits the physical features and can even sing (which comes in handy for a certain karaoke scene!) Let me know what you think and feel free to throw out your own choice!
Check out previous posts for older selections in the Ember movie...M.D.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF CHARACTER TO WRITE?
A: Hmmm...probably the anti-hero. As much fun as writing the "hero" can be, the bad guy is always easier for me. You can usually let go a little bit with the darker characters. The best scenario is "the bad guy" who is the "hero." They always have the best story arc...
Q: WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WRITE...MALE OR FEMALE CHARACTERS?
A: Female! Male is much easier to write (being one myself) but the girls are so much more exciting. Much more complicated. I have so many male characters that I truly love exploring through my storytelling but I've found my stories really take shape when developing the female characters. The "girls" make or break the story, in my opinion. One of my upcoming manuscripts has a female lead that I am head over heals excited about! She is awesome! If I do my job right, she will change the game in female heroes. Cross your fingers...
Q: WHICH CHARACTER IN YOUR WORK IS YOUR FAVORITE SO FAR?
A: Due to the fact that my writing is engulfed by the Ember series right now...probably Max Valentine. His muse Asia Michaels runs a close second. When I started writing the series I didn't expect to enjoy writing her story arc...it scared me a little. She's so damaged, so lost. I thought I would have a hard time reflecting that. It turns out to be the opposite...she brings out the creativity in me. Asia rocks! However...if I take a step back and look at all the different personalities I've created...there is a new female that I have enjoyed more than any other person so far. Her name is Olivia and she is a big part of my next series (13 BREATHS)... Hopefully I will have some exciting news on my next project soon...M.D.
One of the greatest bands in the universe. For a writer, there is hardly any better "muse" then this band. This song is used in my new book DOWNPOUR, book 2 in the Ember series. Chapter 5 - Dark Romance is the perfect place in the books playlist for this song. Sometimes when I write a song just jumps out and insists to be in the story...this is one of those times.
I can't really go into too much detail about the chapter without spoiling some of the drama and storyline of the series...soooooooooo, I'll just leave you with the video.
"I want to reconcile the violence in your heart...I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask...I want to exorcise the demons from your past...I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart..."
After the monumental disappointment of NOT getting an official iPhone 5 (instead the 4s showed up...ugh...) there is finally a silver lining in the technology cloud. iOS 5, shiny and new, has a few surprises for your iPhone and iPad. Updates to the camera are welcomed(new grid & editing). New messaging is a blessing(free messaging to anyone running new iOS 5). Twitter is now part of the whole Apple experience(not too different if you already had the Twitter app). Most importantly is iCloud...
Streaming and syncing your busy lives is easy and almost seamless with iCloud. Apple only offers a free 5 gig storage which might become an issue later on BUT Apple will let you upgrade to bigger storage(Yay!) for a price(Boo!).
Everything with the new OS is still a little new to me, I'm finding something new everyday with it. I'll have a more in depth review in the future, after I've had a few months to play with it. So far, so good though.
Keep the surprises coming Apple. Now bring on the new iPad!
Every Thursday we pick a character from my book Ember and cast it. We have ran through most of the cast in past weeks (FEEL FREE TO SCROLL DOWN AND CHECK OUT THE PREVIOUS CHOICES!), soooooooooo...let's start over with a newer and younger cast.
Max Valentine: fire-starter, music lover, dark romantic... My first choice for him will always be Ben Barnes(Prince Caspian, Dorian Gray) but lets move on...
...Thomas McDonell (Prom) has been brought to my attention (Thank you Court!). He has a young Johnny Depp vibe. The very same vibe I used when writing the character.
Throw a guitar over his shoulder and a fireball in his hands and we have Max! What do you think?
I love iTunes! I love iBooks! BUT there is something that drives me crazy...NOT being able to find a quick link to my book in their store UNLESS I'm on iTunes. If you want a quick link to anything you wrote then look below...
Ahhh, young love! Todays post is inspired by one of my favorite chapters in Ember. Chapter 28 - WICKED GAME. The musical playlist and chapter share the same name. I give Chris Isaak credit in my book for the use of his beautifully haunting song BUT I personally use Giant Drag's version of his song. It fits my story better. It fits the dark and haunting pull both Asia and Max are feeling toward each other. Great chapter BUT even greater song!
I missed last weeks review because I was on a self imposed vacation from everything electronic, all the technology that buzzes throughout our busy lives. So, this weeks review will involve just that...tech. There is no bigger social haven than Facebook and recently they have begun some "upgrades."
Big Brother is a term that gets thrown around a lot and the new update has not helped that gossip. In fact, the new update has made it worse. I understand tech must grow and evolve BUT the new Facebook seems to be not needed. The "news feed" used to serve its function very well but now it is completely frustrating. Instead of just showing everyone who you follow posts in the time they posted them, we get what Facebook thinks we want to see. Sometimes its dead on and other times I've found friends post from days before that never showed up in the first place.
Facebook wants you to now add lists to your feeds. If you take the time to set these up it does improve things. Separating friends from family or work associates becomes rather tiresome though if you have a bazillion friends. It does make things easier to click on individual lists once you have taken the time to separate them though....i.e. friends, family, etc.
The worst part of the new update seems to affect the public pages. I have 2, my authors page and my books personal page. Before the update anything I posted seemed to be seen easily by any and everyone following me. Now...after the update, hardly anyone seems to be seeing anything. That sucks when your trying to network and push a product. My pages traffic seems to have been cut in half or worse.
I will probably continue with my personal page but if things don't level out and settle back to a calm and functional Facebook, my commercial pages may find a new home soon...can you say Google+!
Today we cast the fun loving, easy going, best friend of Max...Kai Kadooka. His character is one of the few people that enters Max's life because of his love of music and not his fire-starting powers. The two friends are inseparable. Kai has a heart of gold and a silly sense of humor. I've had a hard time casting this character before...too many options. With the right wardrobe and makeup, many young actors out there could play the role.
But we'll give Jeremy Sumpter (Peter Pan, Sole Surfer) first dibs.
Strap some thick messy dreadlocks on him and I think he'd do fine. Until next time...M.D.
A: Probably a short story or mini comic book when I was 10 or 11. I used to make my own comic books, fully plotting out the adventures. I wrote a syfy story for school (6th or 7th grade) once and it opened my mind to the possibilities of creating my own worlds and characters.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE WRITTEN...EVER?
A: Tough one to answer, my world and brain is revolving around Max Valentine and the Ember series right now...so I have a huge fondness for what I'm writing at the moment. Though, I have a future project that I've been tinkering with and I am VERY excited to fully embrace. I cannot say what it is just yet BUT I will say that it's dark, adult and chilling...
Q: HOW MUCH LONGER BEFORE THE RELEASE OF "DOWNPOUR" BOOK 2 IN THE EMBER SERIES?
A: I was hoping to have it out in the wild by now but a monkey wrench has hit the process. It's a GOOD monkey wrench though. A new "publishing" option has entered the fray and it is delaying the release of DOWNPOUR. Trust that it is ready for the world and I will hopefully be able to explain exactly what's going on in the very near future! Fingers crossed...M.D.
It's a new day, a new week and a new month. Time for some tunes!
"24" by Jem has always been one of my favorite songs by an artist that I feel has been overlooked by most. Her music is poppy, dark, inspiring and haunting all at once. I love it.
Chapter 23 - INFERNO: is the perfect place for the song in my book Ember. Max has kept his fire-starting powers under control long enough and with a massive shove, Devon has unleashed the inferno's inside of Max. It's fight time! I absolutely loved writing this chapter. Devon and his friends have had this moment coming since Max first arrived on Maui. Can't spoil what happens BUT I will say this...how do you stop an out of control supernova...you don't. Things will change drastically after this moment in the Ember Series. This moment sets up a domino effect throughout the rest of the books. Hope you like...