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My film TV pilot selected at Oaxaca Film Festival !

I can now give you that exciting news I promised you. In 2013 I wrote a TV Pilot for a BBC One screen writing competition, based on my very first book, Cassandra by Starlight. This was book one in a series I called Starlight. It was inspired by my man crush, Benedict Cumberbatch. The story revolves around an up and coming actor called Bennett Saville, and the love of his life, Cassie Wallace, who is ten years older than him.

The screenplay working title was called Reel Life. I revamped it, based on what I’d learnt writing scripts with Nicholas Down, (with Sight Unseen) and submitted it to the Oaxaca Film Festival, a well-respected and well-known festival out of Mexico. It’s been running now over nine years.

Reel Life got selected for the festival 😊

Out of the thousands of projects that were submitted this year, less than 5% make the cut, so as a newbie scriptwriter, I’m very proud of this accomplishment.

“Reel Life” is a FINALIST and will be competing with other projects in the category of TV Pilots.

https://www.oaxacafilmfest.com/global-script-challenge?t=tv-pilot

It will also be competing for the main award of the 2018 Global Script Challenge: Best Overall Script. (This is weird because of another reason I’ll tell you about in a little while 😊)

 

This comes at an auspicious time because a few months ago I decided it was time for this trilogy to be completed and the third and final book in the series, Forever in Starlight, is out on 30th August. At that time, I hadn’t even thought of submitting the screenplay I did so many years ago. So I’m hoping this is a good omen. It all feels a little surreal, though. Who knew?

 

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2018- My Year Ahead

2017 was an amazing year in some respects, and awful in others, both from a personal standpoint and a world view. I’m not one to dwell on what’s been before, because I believe it’s self-defeating. Instead, I focus on the future and live day to day, because, honestly, that’s all any of us can do.

To my amazing publisher, Boroughs, the readers of my books, the bloggers that helped me throughout the year, the organisers of the events I attended, my fellow authors who consoled and supported me, my family who kept me sane, and everyone in my life who touched it, however briefly – thank you. I treasure each and every one of you and I hope your 2018 is as good as mine is going to be. If I can do anything to help in that regard, all you must do is ask and I’ll be there.

#Project1 and some news

Living on Air release. I anticipate this being out late February, but I’ll confirm dates when I can. Chris Talbot, how’s that cover shot doing? ♥ Cary and Rhys are waiting….

I’m hoping to produce seven new books in the next eighteen months. I have contracts for them all already, so I guess I’d better keep moving and get those fingers tapping on a keyboard.

There could be some good news too about other things in the works, but I’ve been asked by my publisher to keep mum on it until something pans out. Sorry to be so sketchy but I’d hate to say too much. It involves book fairs…

I’m planning a visit to the Facebook office in London to present the LGBTQ petition once I’ve finalised everything and anyone that wants to come with me is more than welcome. We can make a day out of it, ending with coffee, drinks and talk about books and life in general.  https://www.change.org/p/susan-mac-nicol-equal-facebook-standards-applied-to-lgbtqi-community/

 

#Project2

I’m co-writing with Author M Tasia from Boroughs Group Publishing. She’s the author of the wonderful Boys of Brighton series.  Our story is set in Toronto, Canada and promises intrigue, shmexy times, humour and a constant war of words between two very head strong and stubborn men. I’m not sure yet when the planned release date for this will be. Head over to her page, give it a like and you’ll have double the chance of spotting the updates ?

https://www.facebook.com/mtasiabooks/

#Project3

Nicholas and I will have concluded the ‘final- final’ edits (lol, we all know this old story, there’s always bloody edits to be done) to the screenplay for Sight Unseen and we’ll start looking for competitions and festivals to submit it to. We’re hoping this will be in February 2018 too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Project4-7

This is the big one. This will be the spin off series from Feat of Clay, book 4 in the Men of London series featuring Clay Mortimer, former SAS soldier, and Tate Williams, ex drug squad policeman. These four books in the new series will focus on something rather different from what I’ve written before (I’m not spilling the beans yet) and will focus on the investigative agency they both work in. You can expect murder, mayhem, blackmail, and some rather disturbing characters…not to mention some eye widening situations and unusual plot lines. This series will be a whole lot of fun and both men are about to be catapulted into a world they knew existed, but didn’t expect to meet so up close and personal.

 

#Project8

I’m planning on bringing Louis’s story to life at the end of 2018, in a Christmas seasonal special which will make a tenth (a shorter novella) Men of London book. You may remember Louis from Survival Game- the gambler who lost it all and managed to bring himself up from the gutter. We’ll learn more about him and his new love interest – no less than rock star Callum Webster whom we met in Hard Climate, Ryan’s man crush. There will have been some time elapsing between the books to allow Callum a little time to mature but I’m hoping it will work out between them.

All in all, it’s going to be a very busy time and I hope you journey with me, and enjoy the time we have together. All the best for the year ahead. The times, they are a-changing……