First of all, thank you Mary for having me here today!
Engaging media is all about character, conflict, and change. In film, these mediums are also considered by terms of hue saturation (coloring–warmth vs coolness), light vs darkness (for obvious mood-setting reasons), angles & close ups (to mimic first person story telling) vs distance shots (narrator/3rd person/larger picture). As a drama geek, I’d love to introduce my book via “Flash Fiction,” film style.
Let me introduce you to Alexia Dumont.
She has always been sheltered because of an unbecoming exterior, until the night she steps out from Father’s protection…
And his world explodes around her:
Something always watching her…
And love that will cost her everything.
There you have it. Character, conflict, and the promise of change in 6 clips. Did you notice the color scheme for mood?
Starting with full color (for normality), we keep a consistent theme of blues–a naturally calming hue except in this instance it contrasts with the action. We transition from day into night, then into black and white for a horror/in the shadows appeal. The majority of the shots are close ups to communicate the intimacy we develop with the characters, and you’ll notice Alexia occupies the light, whereas Kiren is hidden in darkness. (Or maybe you’re just noticing it now.)
It’s like poetry!
And there you have it, “flash fiction,” film style. Have you pictured your story in film–and if not, why? Might that help you fine-tune your vision? Are there any symbols or consistent colors you’d incorporate?
Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.
MOONLESS is Jane Eyre meets Supernatural.
“MOONLESS is powerful, compelling, and packed with soul.” –Bethany Kaczmarek, editor at A Little Red, Inc.
“I fell head over heels for the characters.” –TC Mckee, BookFish Books
“Power-packed action, heart stopping mystery, unpredictable twists and turns…” –I Am a Reader Not a Writer
Crystal Collier, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.