Posts Tagged ‘television series’

Announcing Happy Catastrophe Productions!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Hey all! Sometimes creative life takes new directions. This quick note is to announce the formation of Happy Catastrophe Productions with writing and producing partners Marie D. Jones and Brian Keith Ellis. Yay! Putting Producer on my resume isn’t something I imagined in my life, but there it is. We don’t have all of our official stuff up yet such as website, business cards and all of that jazz, but that will be in the works. We’ll develop projects for film and television. Right now we’re working on our own projects.

Early last year my creativity took a different direction. Marie optioned Blackout and Love From The Ashes for television and film and that started a new creative movement in my life. I started working on horror and less romance (although I’m not dropping romance all together). Over the years I’ve discovered a few creativity truths for me. Whenever I concentrate on what “feels” right for me to pursue in a writing direction, the more opportunities come my way. So I’m sticking with that formula!

As soon as I have more to announce on Happy Catastrophe Productions, I’ll be sure to let you all know.

Laters taters!


All The Things: Movies, TV Series & Horror Best Seller

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Hello everyone. My writing world runneth over. Just a few little updates! To find details on the books mentioned, stop by here.



Gorillas With Scissors Press introduces a yearly horror anthology with 50% of the proceeds going toward a charity every year. This year the contributions go to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. I’m happy to say that I’m included in this year’s anthology with my spooky story Comeuppance. Just recently I learned the anthology has zipped to #2 on the Horror Anthology bestseller list at Amazon. How amazing is that?

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In other quick catch up news, my story Blackout is still in development for television, and recently I started working on another TV series with producer/writer Marie D. Jones (Where’s Lucy Productions) and producer/writer Brian Keith Ellis. Exciting writing times. When I can reveal more on these projects I’ll be sure to let you know.


I finished writing my zombie series of books and I’m slowly working through revisions in between participating in NANOWRIMO in November. Although I won’t finish NANOWRIMO this year, I’m perfectly okay with that. I still achieved a lot of writing. I think December might be a good time to take a chill pill and relax a little before the new year starts.

Until next time, live, love and dream.


Sons of Anarchy: What It Teaches Us About Characters

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

I love angsty shows. Shows like Hell on Wheels, Copper, Ripper Street, The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. Why? I could say it is just the acting. Especially The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels and Sons of Anarchy. The acting is superb. At the end of the day, though, I think it has as much to do as the wonderful revelations the characters experience, and the audience experiences those changes right along with them. There’s nothing particularly plastic or bland within these characters. The good guys aren’t one hundred percent good (usually) and the bad guys aren’t one hundred percent bad (usually.) In other words, a little closer to real life. That’s one thing I loved about Battlestar Galactica (the modern version) and Babylon 5.

I’ll admit I lost my interest in Copper toward the end because I felt there were all of two characters who hadn’t horked up their lives so badly…the good guys were almost too good and the regular guys just seemed to run into a continuous string of bad crap with never a resolution in sight. Do I think my other favorite angsty shows could go that way, too? Yes I do. They could! I’m just hoping they know when to stop while they’re ahead.

So what this teaches the writer is that subtlety and nuances in characters is a hell of a lot more interesting than black and white paint between the lines color book work. 🙂

Get out there and write outside of the lines.

Beloved Old Series

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! Bright and early, though I have to admit I’m sleepy. I stayed up late writing. That’s a good thing but it means when I get up early, I really need the java.

Here’s my topic today, and I’m hoping you guys will share your likes with me. Last week I thought about some old television series/mini-series that I so wish were available on DVD or streaming through Netflix or something. Some of them are available on non U.S. format DVD or Blu Ray. Here’s my list:

Flambards (actually I do have this on DVD)
All The Rivers Run
Jamaica Inn (Jane Seymour & Trevor Eve version)
A Town Like Alice (Bryan Brown version)
Paperback Hero (movie with Hugh Jackmann)
Tour of Duty
China Beach
By The Sword Divided
Shadow Chasers

All of them feature some sort of romance along the way. So do you have a favorite series, movie or mini-series you wish you could see?

Post and let me know your answers and you could win a free ebook from my backlist.