#109 Author Thomas Sweterlitsch -The Gone World
Pittsburgh author Thomas Sweterlitsch has been a guest on my show previously to talk about his book Tomorrow and Tomorrow, a post apocalyptic novel based in Pittsburgh. When I first read that book, I knew I loved the way Thomas's mind worked. It was a twisted, nostalgic, murder mystery, thriller, that plunged me deep into the world of science fiction. A place I often love to go.
I grew up reading certain authors I probably wasn't supposed to be reading around 9 years old. A combination of Zebra romance novels that were hidden under my sister's bed, R L Stine, Stephen King, and Mary Higgin Clark rounded out my reading material. My character as it stands today is flawless based on these influences. :P
Science Fiction I grew to love slowly. At first not quite knowing what defined the genre, but then realizing I was already entranced with it through multiple books. It is for this reason, I could not wait to get my hands on The Gone World. A book that stays with you long after you read the last page.
Sticking with his Pittsburgh roots, Sweterlitsch keeps the book's characters centered around a small town outside of Pittsburgh, PA. The book starts with a murder and a kidnapping, a covert government operation that involves space, time travel, and the end of the world.
The book had me hooked on page one, not an easy task. The protagonist in the book is Shannon Moss. Moss is a tough as nails government agent that takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Seriously, she is bad ass. Loved having that strong female lead in this novel that Sweterlitsch paints perfectly.
The book flew really fast for me, and also left me questioning philosophical subjects. It was perfect and I needed to finish it before Thomas came back on the show. I wasn't the only one that was interested in reading it either. Director Neill Blomkamp gained interest in the book after Fox acquired the rights to the book. Stating it was one of his favorite reads.
Is this not every author's dream to have an award winning director at the helm of your project? You can read about it in Entertainment Weekly (How cool is that) In this interview the roles are reversed and Sweterlitch gets to interview Blomkamp.
I for one cannot wait to see how it turns out, who they cast, and what changes they may have made. With all of the detailed layering in the novel, it won't be easy to adapt it to the screen. My brain was working overtime to try to imagine what Sweterlitch was describing.
Tune into this episode as we talk all about his book
Topics discussed include-
-Are there steps for authors who want to see their book move from page to screen
-Tom's favorite author to sit down to dinner with
-The Expanse and why Tom hasn't seen it yet. (Seriously, get on it)
-How he molded the world in the novel
- The Artist's Way, and how it can unlock writers creativity
- Should writers always be writing
-Why Marta will never write a book. (Never gonna happen)
and much, much more. Check out the episode where we chat about Tomorrow and Tomorrow Man, that was episode 19 and this is episode 109. Coincidence? Yes, but after reading The Gone World, I am not so sure. LOL
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#108 Ready Player One Book to Movie Review
I couldn't wait to release this one. Ready Player One is on of my all time favorite guilty pleasure books. I do not normally prefer audiobook over the feeling of holding a book in your hands, but I prefer the audiobook version of this read by Wil Wheaton. It is perfect in every way possible.
When Ernest Cline wrote Ready Player One, he sold the rights to Warner Brothers before the book was even published, so we all knew a movie would one day pop up. We got lucky and Steven Spielburg gained interest in it. That is every writers dream isn't it? Spielburg wants to direct my movie. We all thought it would be a perfect homage to the well loved book.
Listen, I am not gonna spoil it for you, I will let our panel do that instead. There is too much to write here, and we vocalize it best. Good friend Brad Driscoll, co-founder, developer, and digital marketer of Think Big SEO has an alter ego online as Dinky Dana. Dinky Dana has an online presence as a Twitch gamer. If you read the book, you know this is a perfect match for a conversation about Ready Player One. Brad and myself got asked to sit on a panel at the Pittsburgh Retro Gaming Convention, and give our opinions on the movie as it compares to the book.
Is it pretty? Probably not,to be honest. Will you enjoy it? I think so. At the very least you will take away what we deem to be the most important thing about doing that panel- engaging more people to read this book :) If you tune in, thanks for allowing us to rant and rave, and thank you to everyone who came to hear our thoughts. Let's go find that egg.
Fun news! Marta On The Move got nominated at 2018 Creator of the Year award by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. How cool is that? Check it out here