Introducing Bulletproof..The Pretend Movie

10:15 AM Elizabeth Seckman 25 Comments


Today I'd like to welcome fellow World Castle Publishing writer, Jeff LaFerney!!!


When I signed with World Castle, Jeff was kind enough to send me a welcome note with wonderful advice and an offer to help a newbie in any way he could.


I thanked him by quizzing him with some odd questions to promote his newest book...


First up...you're book is now a movie...what tagline would James Earl Jones be delivering?
(Jeff's answers are in blue; mine in pink...I'm girly enough not to care about stereotypes!)





Nothing is as it appears...(remember that's James talking here, so it's ominous and spooky like...and the tagline is perfect...how else do you explain a couple of mind bending sleuths who find justice for the recently, or not so recently departed?!)


I'm liking the opening, so, of course I have to ask...


Who would you cast in this little blockbuster?
Jeff scratches head and wonders if I've gone crazy...but politely answers anyhow...


Tanner:  Taylor Lautner  (but only if he can shoot a basketball and have a good sense of humor)
Clay:  Mark Wahlberg (he’s more of an action guy than Clay, but I really like him, and I really like Clay)  J
Erika:  Kate Upton  (cute, bubbly, and after watching her YouTube video, she’s the top blonde out there)
Jasper:  Peter Dinklage (he’s the “angry elf” from Elf)
Sherman: Andre the Giant (he’s not alive, but if he was and he could be understood, he’d be perfect)

You're on a roll!  I'm going to push my luck and ask, what would be the theme song?

La Roux – “Bulletproof”  This is one strange lady, but how do I pick any other song?






Now, you've written an awesome book...been forced to make the pretend movie...now you're pretend rich and famous...e-tv (that's elizabeth tv, not the entertainment network) and the world want to know-

How long did this book take you to write?
It took about five months.  I wrote it mostly in the evenings when I got home from work.

How long have you been writing?
I’m an English teacher, so I’ve written things for years, but the decision to write a novel happened in the summer of 2009…so I’ve been writing books less than three years.

Any tips for other writers?
One thing I work really hard at and pay very close attention to is time.  I’d advise writers to keep track of time closely and make sure everything times out right and is possible…too many writers don’t pay close enough attention to that.  (I've been guilty of that...started keeping a timeline when I write...must remember, readers are intelligent, they notice these things!) Another thing is to write realistic dialogue.  Try to make the conversations sound like the way people really talk.

Motivation behind the story?
When I signed with World Castle Publishing, Karen (my publisher) told me she’d publish my next book too if it was part of the Clay and Tanner series, so I had to come up with another story.  Skeleton Key had a ghost’s murder solved.  People seemed to like that, so when I mentioned that my next setting would be in a town called Fenton, Michigan—so I could more easily get my two main characters together—nearly everyone mentioned the hotel in town that was supposed to be haunted.  After doing research on the town, I chose to solve another murder of a ghost haunting the hotel.  I combined that with an idea I had about a character with mind powers that was using them selfishly.  It allowed me to have two mysteries in one book.

And finally, the bonus question!  In a battle to the death...who will win...Clay and Tanner or Superman?
You know, Superman is way more powerful than Clay Thomas (leap tall buildings in a single bound, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive), but I have two protagonists since Tanner is just as important, and between their mind-control abilities, hypnosis, mind-reading, telekinesis, etc. they could manipulate his mind and defeat him for sure.  J  But all three characters are the soul of justice and seek only the good, so they’d become friends, and there would surely be no death.  

You can find Jeff on Facebook and be sure to buy the book, or better yet, all three in the series at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Thanks for stopping by Jeff! Best of luck. :)





25 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great premise. I love ghost stories and this seems like an interesting twist.

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    1. I haven;t read it yet, but when I was looking over Jeff's email and synopsis, I was definitely intrigued. I love the idea of ghosts being the good guys too. Bulletproof is definitely on my to be read list. Geesh, I need to read faster!!

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    2. My previous book with the same characters also has a ghost...he's the bad guy in that one, but his murder is solved. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. This was a fun interview to read. I love the movie angle you took on this. Bulletproof sounds interesting. I love my ghost stuff :)

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    1. Thanks Emily! I wanted to make the interview as unique as the book!

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    2. I never really thought of my book as a movie, Emily, until Elizabeth forced me to. :) I didn't pick an actor for my ghost though...I've heard of ghost writers but ghost actors??

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  3. I loved this interview. Jeff's book Bulletproof comes off as an interesting read and cool movie. My fave part was him choosing La Roux song as the theme song. I love that song and it blows my mind that both it and the novel have the same title. I mean how much better can a paranormal novel with telekenectic slueths get? And thanks Jeff for making Liz feel welcome. You're a cool guy.

    Congrats to both you signed writer's you. *Pinches cheeks* Can't wait for Past Due to come out and will try to get a copy of Bulletproof by June!

    And Lizzzz I plan to hold you to that little offer you made in one of your comments on my blog about reading over a manuscript for me. It will be for book 1 of The Sacrifice series and you just have to givve me your honest opinion when the time comes. My theme song for it is Titanium. The song performed by David Guetta and Sia.

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    1. "Liz" is the cool one, Sheena-kay. I just said hi and let me know if I can help, but she's the one that did a blog interview for me. Can I pinch her cheeks too?

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    2. Me cool? Bwa-ha-ha...evil laughter because this dork has you fooled!

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  4. Miss Sheena-Kay- I await reading your genius with anticipation!
    You funny girl, you're just adorable!

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  5. First off, when did you sign with a publisher? How did I not know this? And second, Bulletproof sounds so cool. I'll have to check it out.

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    1. Thank you, Angela. It is a good question...how did someone with such personality slide in under the radar?

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    2. I like to come in under the radar...like a stealth fighter.

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  6. It was right after I won the coveted, "I Hear Voices" blog hop. I think that award tipped the balance. :)

    You can read all about it here:
    http://www.eseckman.blogspot.com/2012/02/signed-scanned-and-delivered.html

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  7. Cool trailer, and great interview. Bulletproof sounds like an interesting read. I bet I'll love it! Thanks for the recommendation, Elizabeth. Nice to meet you, Jeff!

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    1. Thanks for reading the interview, Emily. If you like ghosts and mystery and humor, you just might like it.

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  8. This is awesome and love the trailer! I really love his answer for cast picks too! So fun! Nice to meet you Jeff!

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    1. I think he thought I was a little crazy, but he's a good sport!

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    2. Thanks for the nice comments, Leigh. It's good to meet new people...and just a secret (Elizabeth IS a little bit crazy).

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    3. Jeff, I've been told that a time or two...

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  9. Ok this sounds way fun. Like something both hubs and I would like :)

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    1. Definitely has me intrigued. I will add it to the list...right after My Heart for Yours and a new one I just got from first time author Jillian Kent...the love stuff always pulls me in!

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    2. Thanks for the comment, Jolene. It's a mystery, and I kind of hope it has a little something for everyone. Thanks, Elizabeth, for the interview.

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    3. Thanks much for stopping by and the follow...I love my peeps!

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