AtoZChallenge 2015: R is for Re-Imagining

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Welcome to our AtoZ Challenge. Our theme here at Wittegen Press this year is ‘why’, specifically, why have we, as authors, written the titles we have. And, each day, the book we’re talking about will be FREE.

Of all the titles I have released, Night Blood has been on the longest journey and has been re-imagined three times.

I began writing it when I was 15, shortly after I fell in love with the vampire genre through The Lost Boys. I thought the revamp (pun intended) of vampires in the 80’s was brilliant, and I adore these modern fangs. The Lost Boys showed me that vampires can have up-to-date style and still be deadly. Fright Night. on the other hand, showed how an old vampire must adapt to the modern world. These stories were so different from the likes of Dracula that they instantly inspired me to start my own tale of the supernatural.

Most of the vampire movies I loved then were American, and most of the TV shows I watched too, so, of course, naive writer that I was, I began to write my story set in America too. In fact, I finished three stories with Tom Franklin over the next couple of years. Then, like everything else I wrote back then, with no internet and only my sister to share my stories with, Tom was laid to rest in a filing cabinet.

It wasn’t until I got to university and started writing fanfic that I pulled Tom’s stories out of their box. That is when I began my first re-imagining. Working with friends on the internet on fanfic taught me that I did not really know enough about American culture to base my plot and my characters there, so I moved the stories to the UK, Cornwall to be precise. I pretty much just filed off the serial numbers in this rework, changing place names, but not much of the story. This time, though, Tom ended up relegated to a file on a harddrive when things like passing my exams got in the way.

I never forgot about Tom Franklin, my half-blood vampire, though, and when I finally took the leap into publishing, this was the second story I worked on. This time, I took my original story and, with skills I’d been honing in the fanfic arena for years, I ripped the story apart and put it back together into a more mature story. Thus, I published Death In The Family as I first called it.

My sales were slow, but what reviews I had were good. There was something wrong, but I didn’t think it was with the plot. So I looked at other things, and concluded that my chosen title and that of the series, Heritage is Deadly, might be putting people off. Final re-imagining was with the title, I changed it and the title of the series to Night Blood – punchier and hitting my market’s keywords.

So, that’s how I came to where I am today, and I am now working on the sequel, Witch Blood.

There have been a lot of re-imaginings of movies and TV shows of late – what do you think about them, do you have one you think really worked, or totally failed?

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Leaving a good London school with solid prospects, Tom Franklin has the world at his feet. Yet one thing has always haunted his perfect life: his dreams. When Tom discovers that the nightmarish images of dark places and even darker instincts are in fact repressed memories from his early childhood, he must face the heritage from his birth-father, a savage vampire known only as Raxos.

Realising his memories are his only hope of controlling his awakening instincts, Tom returns to, Coombedown, the sleepy, Cornish village in which he was born, unknowing that the night-breed in his veins will lead him into danger.

“Night Blood” is a young adult, paranormal novel.

This is the first story in “The Night Blood Chronicles”.

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  1. There comes a point when there are too many remakes of a film or TV show. To be fresh, interesting, and original, it has to bring something new to the story, like placing it in a different generation, or featuring a lead actor with a much different style. It can also work if a book or movie focuses on a secondary character.

    Hollywood really needs to focus on making new films, instead of doing so many remakes and “half-sequels.”

    1. I agree with you, I would like to see more original works rather than remake after remake, especially when most of them are not better than the originals. Both Evil Dead and Fright Night were not great remakes.

  2. Ooh yes, much punchier title!

    Now this is where it’s harder to answer your question as I’m rubbish at remembering what I’ve seen… as far as I’m aware it’s only been remade once but I love the new version of Poldark, I was literally tiny when it aired in the 70’s but enjoyed it then, read the books, or at least the first one and enjoying the new TV series! But I don’t think that really counts as being only done once so far apart!

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    1. I have to agree there – I’m not sure why I like Poldark, I wasn’t expecting to, but it’s just compulsive and I’m wound in little knots waiting for the last part next week AND praying it’s not a cliffhanger.

    1. I’m glad my instincts for a good title are getting better 🙂 Thanks for the feedback.

      And yes, it would be good to see something original, that isn’t part of a franchise or a repeat, or a dystopian future (that may just be me though)

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