It’s not often one gets to break bread and break stories with a national best-selling author, but that’s what I got to do this week with novelist Steven James in Asheville, North Carolina, at the prestigious 2014 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference. With demand growing for original content across the thousand-channel universe, more and more authors are seeing their novels adapted for film and television by other writers like me, so we were both at BRMCWC as faculty to talk to other authors about how to survive the adaptation process.
James is a master story-teller and the author of more than 30 novels and had breakout sessions for conferees on how Story Trumps Structure. I held sessions to give authors tools, tips and training for how their books can be successfully transformed into screenplays for film and TV, which is what I’ve been up to lately with my original series for the Hallmark Channel, When Calls the Heart, based on the best-selling novel by Janette Oke.
I hope you take a listen to our Firsts in Fiction Podcast hosted by Aaron Gansky. We discussed some of the pitfalls and possibilities for aspiring writers and let us know what you think. Also joining us for the roundtable discussion were Ben Wolf, executive editor of Splickety magazine group and Alycia Morales, editor with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and fantasy author Jake Pendleton.