Thursday, April 24, 2014

When a romcom novel becomes a movie aka Home for Christmas THE FILM!

There's no other way of saying it apart from...

Home for Christmas, my second romantic comedy as Cally Taylor, is being made into a film. Like, RIGHT NOW! *jumps around the room*

It's being filmed in Brighton as we speak and Karl Davies (anyone watch Emmerdale? He was Robert Sugden!) who is playing Matt actually mentioned the words 'on a shoot in Brighton...Home for Christmas, romantic comedy' on Lorraine on ITV the other day!

(Sorry, there will be a massive overuse of exclamation marks in this email, I am ridiculously overexcited. You hear about books being optioned for films and never being made and I honestly believed this was a pie in the sky dream that would never happen when I signed the contract for this last year).

Here's a photo of the scene where Beth and Matt meet for the first time in the PictureBox (this is filmed in The Duke of Yorks' PictureHouse which was the actual inspiration for the fictional cinema in the book).

and here's one of Beth talking to Ryan Gosling (George Clooney in the book) which is the opening scene:

​I cannot begin to tell you how mind-blowing and wonderful and surreal it is to see characters that lived IN MY HEAD become real. And I NEED to see them move and speak and interact and that's why I'm off to Brighton next weekend to watch some filming (and maybe sneak into a scene in a Hitchcockian way!).

My sister, who still lives in Brighton, has already managed to blag herself and some mates into a crowd scene (the one at Matt's grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary where Beth jumps on stage and makes a drunken speech). 

I honestly can't begin to express how excited I am. JumpStart, the production company making this film is tiny, they all have day jobs (some of them work for the Duke of York's cinema which is why they're able to film there), and they didn't pay me a penny for the rights but I don't care. I honestly don't care. Seeing something I wrote come to life is something I've only ever dreamed of and I can't quite believe this is happening (did I say that already?).

The premiere is in Brighton in December and I think I might just faint with excitement. I don't know yet whether the production company have acquired any distribution deals (which mean the film will be shown in cinemas outside Brighton!) but I'll put together another blogpost as soon as I have any news. Hopefully it'll be out on DVD at some point too (aarrgggh, too exciting!).

JumpStart have set up a Facebook page where they're posting behind the scenes gossip and photos (I'm STALKING that page). It's here:

And you can stalk (follow) them on Twitter here:

And April Pearson (who's playing Beth) has a Twitter account here:

I did find Karl Davies' Twitter account too but he hasn't updated it since November 2011 :(

Right, I need to shut up now and get back to work writing my second psychological suspense novel 'Last Girl Standing' (or just stalk Home for Christmas the film some more...)

A HUGE thank you to everyone who's bought The Accident. It's currently at number 46 in the Kindle chart and has 50 five star reviews. It's still available for 69p but only for a limited time and if you've read it and loved it I'd be so grateful for an Amazon review.

lots of love 
(a really very hyperexcited)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Accident made the Kindle Top 100!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who tweeted and posted Facebook updates about The Accident yesterday. As a result I woke up to the news this morning that it was number 96 in Amazon's Kindle chart. It made the Top 100 Bestseller's list!
SUCH an amazing feeling. There are hundreds of thousands of books on Amazon and my little book was up there in the top 100!

I get to tick 'Make the Amazon Top 100' off my writerly bucket list! How amazing is that?
Since this morning The Accident has inched its way up as high as number 92 and has slipped as low as number 100 but it's still hanging in there (for now!). By tomorrow (or the time you read this) it may have slipped out of the chart completely but I won't lose sleep if it does. I'm still buzzing that The Accident made the chart at all.

Thank you all again. So very much X

Friday, April 18, 2014

Help me achieve my writerly bucket list!

I'm putting together a bucket list of writerly achievements. Currently on the list are:

- spot a stranger reading my book
- see a poster advertising my book in a train station
- make the Times Bestseller list
- crack the Amazon top 100

I admit that I peered at the books everyone was reading around the pool on holiday but didn't spot anyone reading The Accident and I saw Dorothy Koomson's book posters in Bristol and Reading the other week (& tweeted her a photo because she's lovely) but I'm too small fry for that. But...BUT... the Amazon top 100 is NEARLY within my grasp.

When I got home from holiday this morning at 1am the first thing I did (after I put my toddler to bed) was check my Amazon ranking (it's an affliction I tell you!)


118!!! That means The Accident is the 118th most popular/bestselling ebook on Amazon at the moment. Amazing! And my publisher have dropped the price to 69p for a limited time. I can almost reach out and grab the bottom rung of that top 100!

If you've read The Accident and loved it do please tell your friends (69p is less than most bars of chocolate and far less fattening!) & if you haven't read it yet this is your chance to get it at a ridiculously low price.

And now I'll shut up. There are few sounds more pitiful than the constant 'please buy my book' plea of an author with a new novel out.

(I will revert to 'oh god this book sucks' lamentations when I continue the rewrite of my second psych thriller on Tuesday...)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why publication day is like standing naked in the street.

At last! After months of wishing, hoping and doing more PR than I ever thought was possible (thanks Avon and LightBrigade you've been amazing) the day is finally here - it's publication day for 'The Accident'.

In some ways publication day is a lot like New Year's Eve when you're in your early twenties. There's a build up (what to wear, where to go, who to celebrate with), excitement and a lot of expectation (it's New Year's Eve, we have to have an amazing night!) and then, when the actual event occurs there's a tiny feeling of anti-climax.

Getting flowers from your publishers is wonderful, as are all the well wishes and tweets from friends, families and readers but with with the arrival of publication day comes a sense of relief rather than excitement. It's finally here, I can relax. And it's out of your hands. You've done everything you can to try and make your day (night out) a good one and now it's in the lap of the gods (or how pissed your friends get).

Mostly I feel a tremendous sense of achievement. A story I dreamed up when I was in the grip of undiagnosed Post Natal Depression has become a book. A real, live 'oh my god other people are going to read it' novel. Whether your characters resemble you or not you pour a lot of yourself into a novel (that's why one star reviews sting so much) and having a book published is a bit like standing in the middle of the street in one of those 'How to Look Good Naked' shows and asking complete strangers to comment on the flabby bits you normally keep hidden.

Some people will put you down and point out your flaws. Other people will point out your good points. And others will look at you and think, 'you remind me a lot of me'. And that's why I do it. That's why I continue to write books even though it's knackering and nerve-shredding. That's why we all do it. To connect with people.

So off you go 'The Accident' - stride into TESCO, ASDA, WHSmiths and Amazon in all your naked glory. I'm standing right next to you (and thinking about next year's New Year's Eve).

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Why I'm giving away my short story collection for FREE!

Earlier today I sent an email to my newsletter subscribers (I only send one out once or twice a year. Click here if you'd like to sign up).

In the newsletter I revealed why I wrote THE ACCIDENT and why I decided to make the switch from writing romantic comedies.

I also revealed that, in order to celebrate the publication of THE ACCIDENT on Thursday this week, I've decided to make my short story collection SECRETS AND RAIN free. I've also put the first 3 chapters of THE ACCIDENT at the end as a little sneak peek for anyone who's curious to find out whether the book is for them (there's no preview on Amazon until Thursday).

If you've already bought SECRETS AND RAIN (thank you!) you should be able to update your Kindle to see the extra material. If you haven't you've got until Friday to download it until the price goes up again.

I've had some AMAZING reviews for The Accident from book bloggers and Net Galley reviewers and I'd like to hug you all. I was so, so nervous about this book coming out and to hear how much enjoyment (and terror) you've had from reading it has meant the world to me. (If you go to the Sunlounger 2 party watch out because I might actually hug you for real!). The reason we write - why I write - is to connect with other people emotionally and if I scare or touch or worry or grip my readers I know I've done my job.

I've included a selection of reviews here (apologies to anyone I haven't included yet, do feel free to nudge me on Twitter).

The Accident will be stocked by Tesco (for £1.99 and they should have lots of copies), ASDA and WH Smiths. I would LOVE to see photos of any copies you spot if you felt like tweeting them to me (@callytaylor)

Though I might not thank you straight away! I'm going on holiday to Lanzarote on publication day. It'll be my first beach holiday in 10 YEARS and our first holiday as a family (my son is now 2.5 years old and I'm more than a little scared about how he'll cope with a 4 hour flight!). The plan is to avoid the internet while I'm out there and focus on relaxing for a change (if I was here I'd be refreshing Amazon several times an hour for sure!). Then, when I get back, it's all guns blazing to finish my second draft of my second psychological thriller which is out in 2015 and called LAST GIRL STANDING (I'm currently 50% of the way through).

Thanks so much for reading and for all your support.

Until the next time!