Join me today with my special guest RM Hamrick. Her new space opera Rats & Bolts is funny, action filled, and…well I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you can tune in live today ag 4 PM EST.
107.5 FM WRUU Savannah
Ryan Dunn (left), Dacre Stoker (middle), and Adam Messer (right) at his book signing at the Savannah Book Festival.
I am excited to announce I am returning to my radio show Muses, Memoirs & More on WRUU 107.5 Savannah in my new time slot on Sunday from 4 p.m – 5 p.m. EST. You can tune in live at www.wruu.org
My special guest this week is Dacre Stoker, co-author of Dracul with J.D. Barker, and great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. We are going to talk about his new book Dracul, the writing process and Bram Stoker’s connection to Savannah, Georgia.
About Dacre Stoker
Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). His next novel a Prequel to Dracula, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam in the US, Transworld in the UK, with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.
A native of Montreal, Canada, Dacre taught Physical Education and Sciences for twenty-two years, in both Canada and the U.S. He has participated in the sport of Modern Pentathlon as an athlete and a coach at the international and Olympic levels for Canada for 12 years. He is also an avid player and coach of the unique game of Real Tennis. In May of 2016 an athlete he has been coaching for the past 4 years, Camden Riviere, won the World Championships of Court Tennis. He currently lives in Aiken, SC, together with his wife Jenne they manage the Bram Stoker Estate.
I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.
- Write daily.
- Let my story development flow as I write.
- Start with a what if situation and move to a story about the people.
- Write what is true and believable.
- Use the first word that comes to mind.
- “He said or she said” is divine.
- Write to your ideal reader.
- Write with the door closed, edit with the door open.
- Writing is not life, life’s interruptions are more important.
- Be professional and study your craft.
- Kill your darlings.
John C. Arnold is an up and coming screenwriter. I had the pleasure of interviewing him and wanted to share his insights into the film industry.
Please tell the audience about your background. (Who you are, any connections to filmmaking, screenwriting, etc)
I was born and raised in Vidalia, GA to two wonderful parents, Lee and Rebekah. I have no real connections to the film and tv world except for admiration.
How did you become interested in screenwriting?
I started seriously doing theater in high school. One summer, when I was 16, I auditioned for the community theater’s children show, The Hobbit. I was cast as Bilbo Baggins and was hooked. I joined the One Act group at my high school and dove deep into the world of performing arts. My first year of college, I attended a performing arts college in LA and was introduced to new writers, Arthur Miller, and David Mamet to name some, and that totally changed the way I saw storytelling. The summer after my first year of college, I felt led to move by east and go to film school to learn the behind the scenes of movie making. I was required to write some screenplays, read some screenplays, and watch a lot of movies — I guess I just fell in love with the craft. I pursued it after college as well when I attended a storytelling seminar. (I’ll get to that later) Continue reading
Here it is, Monday again.
I work a full time job, and often exhausted when I get home.
My new routine is to write daily and at least 1000 words a day. I wrote 2200 words for my next novel over the weekend.
What is your daily routine for writing?
Since this is new for me, I plan to work through the routine daily, figuring out what schedule works best. I also want to find out what does not work and cut it out.
What works for you? What doesn’t? Which acorns have you planted?
I wanted to share with you how I like to write. From the heart.
I was greatly influenced as a child brevity is the best way to write. As an adult, writing academic and business documents, I learned not only is brevity key but supporting research lends clout and credibility to writing.
I write from the heart, always putting my audience, or my reader, at the forefront of my mind. What is my message? How can I clearly convey my message to my reader?
I am almost finished listening to Stephen King’s On Writing, and although it is about 20 years old, I find the wisdom he shares pertinent and relevant today.
Storytelling is ancient. We are the stories we tell ourselves. I reach my goal if I can paint a picture in my reader’s mind of what I see. If I do not, then I have failed.
Writing creates an illusion of reality where there was once nothing.
Keep writing my friends!
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