Hello friends and fans!
I know it has been a WHILE (all caps appropriate) since I have posted much of anything, and I sincerely apologize for my absence. But I can promise you, I have never stopped creating! And I am happy to report that I have revamped my website, and am about to publish my first novel, which will be part of a series that I am hoping will span about 9 books in all! Starting with The Dark Light.
I guess, in a sense, this is kind of a cover reveal – surprise! I am about 3 days from launch – that’s right, you heard correctly – set to launch on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on Christmas Day 2020!!
I know this is kind of out o the blue for many that have subscribed to my site for so long, and that you are used to me posting about screenplays and filmmaking. I want to assure any that has stuck with me that I am still a screenwriter as well, and if it is God’s will, I will someday produce and direct my film, Coffee: a hitman story. But, until then, I decided to do something that I have always wanted to do – change one of my oldest scripts into a novel!
The Gate Key is one of the first screenplays I ever wrote, and the evolution of it is actually kinda fun.
It all started out with a short screenplay writing contest that I entered, as part of a film festival. the guidelines were simple: the hosts provided us with an object, genre, and we had to write a script of at least 10 pages long overnight. I was given an egg and the genre fantasy.
I ended up penning a story about a young boy who meets a new girl in school after the summer break, gets to know her, and discovers that she has a mysterious egg that she claims to be the key to another world. The story was simple, and inspired by The Wizard of Oz if I am being honest – but I wouldn’t want to tell you what I mean by that and spoil the book, so shh. In case you are wondering, I only placed in the semifinals with my script – which I thought was not too shabby for my first competition!
After the initial story was on paper, I found that I actually quite liked it, so I took it further, penning the feature screenplay version of The Gate Key, which would go on to win a Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival, for Excellence in writing, as well as earn me an overall score of 85% at the annual Nevada IFF! So, I began to think there may be something to this story.
I rewrote and rewrote the story over the years, adding characters and fleshing them out to give the story and characters some depth. I even worked with a couple of artists, developing key art and whatnot while trying to promote the film.
The concept to the left started as a movie poster concept, which I was able to get with the help of my good friend and film producer, Tony Mendoza. I took it and ran with it when I began posting chapters on Wattpad – I don’t really post on Wattpad anymore, but I do have some scripts and my own personal testimony novel up there if you’d like to check it out: JGBLODGETT/WATTPAD.
I also worked with artists on Fiverr from time to time, to create other pieces of key art, such as the scene below (which is only a minor spoiler, don’t worry).
Pretty cool progression, huh?!
And speaking of progression, that is kind of why I wanted to post today, to show the progression of the book cover art, which eventually led to the final cover you will see below! First, some initial concepts:
Pretty good, huh? Not bad, in my opinion. But it needed more. The border needed t really represent the maleficent character known as the Dark Light. And so, several more concepts and drafts were crafted, eventually leading to this:
Pretty fun process, not gonna lie!
I do hope you all enjoyed this post, I just thought it would be fun. Keep me out of your spam folder so you can receive blog posts and updates on my upcoming novels! See you next time!