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Like most fantasy authors, I have been heavily influenced by the works of Tolkien. I love diving into the deep lore of The Silmarillion, the unique characters of Unfinished Tales, and of course the epic sagas of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
However, I have a bit of a confession to make: I liked the movies better.
I still remember being about 10 or 11 when my dad took us to the dollar theater to watch The Fellowship of the Ring the first time. I was blown away by the lush landscapes, tense battles, and lovable characters (even if I wasn’t entirely sure whether Legolas was a boy or girl).
It was around this time I was deciding I wanted to be a writer, and those films (along with the extensive making-of documentaries) solidified my love for the art of storytelling through film. It’s such a collaborative art -- each element works so well because it was put there by an expert in that individual field, rather than a single author trying to make it all up out of their own mind.
I also love the pacing of film. With a limited amount of screen time to work with, every moment has to be packed full of meaning and intentionality. Whereas books tend to meander and take several paragraphs to convey simple details, movies waste no time giving you the info you need to know in a single image and moving on to the next important thing.
I like to think I’ve incorporated those elements into my novel writing. Arianna and the Spirit of the Storm was first written as a screenplay before being translated into narrative form. In all of my books I have striven to create a cinematic experience in the mind of the reader through fast-paced storytelling and a conciseness of information that keeps the action flowing from page to page.