Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Speaking in Steubenville This Weekend!

In case any of you are in town this weekend...

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Public Relations
Contact: Tom Sofio
740-284-5893, tsofio@franciscan.edu
For immediate release

Author, Alumna to Speak on Writing and Getting Published
STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville alumna Regina Doman ’92 returns to her alma mater to speak about her experiences as an author on Monday, November 5, at 11 a.m. at Egan Hall, Room 122.
Doman’s works include The Shadow of the Bear, Black as Night, and the highly popular picture book, Angel in the Waters, which tells the story of a baby growing inside her mother’s womb. She will sign copies of all her books including her latest, Waking Rose, which will be available for purchase at the event.This event is free to the public and is presented by Franciscan University’s Department of Communication Arts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More Information about The Midnight Dancers!

Let me just say that this is in honor of Rose Brier's upcoming birthday. ;)

I've been wanting to start a new topic about The Midnight Dancers, since the old post is so far down the blog now. Then tonight, I just decided to start putting up more information about The Midnight Dancers on the FairyTaleNovels.com page, including a mock version of the cover. (We'll probably change quite a bit about the background, but we love the photo.) Go check out the new site, which includes a short summary of the book, and also check out the Question Area, which hopefully now incorporates all the questions asked so far (and the answers!). Then go ahead with any further questions in the comment boxes! As usual, I'll do my best to answer them. And say a prayer for the book, which I hope to have published this coming summer!


Enjoy!!!!!

The Mysterious Affair Of Rose Brier's Birthday...

!!!SPOILER ALERT!!! DO NOT READ THIS POST UNLESS YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK!!!!

Q: In WR Rose is in the play on her birthday which I read on the BaN page was April 13. But, she is still working on a paper for a class in her first semester, after her birthday, and my understanding of college courses is that they are only 1 semester classes. So, I'm a little confused about that. Also, if Rose's birthday is in April, am I to understand that Rose was in a coma till sometime in the next year?

Q: i'm confused about the timeline of WR, i know her b-day is in the spring but i thought she went into the coma in the fall... am i wrong? please explain :)
confused in nebraska



We do seem to have a conundrum here. How indeed could Rose be in a coma for more than a year when she clearly has a birthday shortly before she goes into the coma and also clearly awakens in the spring?

The solution is ... um... well, I decided to change her birthday.

In 2004, I received the following question about my four main characters:
How old are they and when are their birthdays? - Aubrey, 10/21/04

And I responded:
The Denniston brothers and the Brier sisters are unusual in that they are both a year apart from each other, and consecutively. Thus at the end of Black as Night, Bear is 21, Fish is 20, Blanche is 19, and Rose is 18. If you really want to know their birthdays, they are:
Bear: Jan 31
Fish: Nov 2
Blanche: Feb 22 (president’s day)
Rose: April 13

I admit I pulled the birthdays out of the blue to answer Aubrey's question, without really considering how they would affect the timeline of the story. After all, up until that point, I hadn't ever shown any of them having a birthday.

But when I went to finish Waking Rose this past summer, I decided to pay homage to Tchaichowsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty, whose princess dances at a grand birthday ball with three princes she does not marry, shortly before her enchanted sleep. So I threw a party for Rose, literally, and was quite pleased with how the scene turned out. Only much later did I realize that I had inadvertantly contradicted my answer to Aubrey's question.

So, deciding that everything that was published in book form was canonical, and that everything published on the website was merely apocryphal, as it were, I decided to override what I had written in 2004 and change Rose's birthday to November 2 (I simply switched it with Fish's birthday).

I have yet to figure out if this causes any inconsistences with The Shadow of the Bear (I believe it might) or Black as Night.... but maybe the rest of you can tell you if it does faster than I can? :)

All I can say is, not every writer can boast of having fans who are as sharp, observant, and savvy as I can. Those of you who spotted the error (and so very quickly!) probably deserve to be awarded the Catholic Nancy Drew honorarium. (Shall I make an official award?)

Oh, like any good counterfeiter, I have now covered my tracks by changing the dates on the website to:

Bear: Jan 31
Fish: April 13
Blanche: Feb 22 (president’s day)
Rose: Nov 2

:)

Friday, October 26, 2007

Fan Art!














I was so honored by these pieces of fan art by sisters Delaney and Desirae. I've posted these small signature buttons and more at new Fan Art pages at the websites for The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. Thanks for sharing, Delaney and Desirae!

Waking Rose Questions *SPOILER ALERT!*

This is just a post to post some further questions about Waking Rose: SPOILER WARNING: You do NOT want to read this post if you haven't read the books already!!!!!

I'll start with Lady Rose's question -- feel free to ask your own questions in the comments boxes (and if I neglected to answer a question you asked before, repeat it here):

Wow, so that was Dr. Murray at the Christening? It seemed a lot more like Dr. Prosser.
Question, so if it wasn't Dr. Prosser who threatened Mr. Brier, why did she than try to kill Rose? How exactly was she involved than, other than being the main doctor at the hospital? I always thought that it was Dr. Prosser who threatened Mr. Brier, especially after she attempted to poison Rose. Dr. Murray just didn't seem like the kind of person who would threaten someone like that, especially since later she wanted to keep Rose alive.

Answer: Dr. Prosser and Dr. Murray were working together closely especially during the early years. But over the years, a certain estrangement set in, mostly because of Dr. Murray's conscience. I see Dr. Murray as someone who basically became a bad person through failing to act, failing to step in. But during those early heady years when they were two feminist doctors bucking the system together, Murray was more aggressive, and it was her who made the threats at the christening, in her usual veiled style.

Here's something I wrote about Murray earlier I'd like to share:

A reader wrote to me: When Prosser appeals to Murray, and Murray seems, for a moment, to hesitate, we kept thinking Murray was going to be redeemed and help Fish. We were disappointed when he didn't.

You know, it didn't feel right for her to redeem herself. Murray was supposed to be the "principaled" villain in the whole affair: she was the one pursuing a pro-choice agenda but for "higher" ideals; unlike Prosser, who is mostly venal, nasty, and self-deceived. But Murray constantly compromised her conscience in the name of the greater good, and this had the effect of weakening her will and draining her of courage.

Hence, when Rose falls off the barn loft, she makes an attempt to catch her, but then is too scared to call 911 or actually report the accident. She goes back to work and about her business: the coward's way out. Bad for the soul.

Then she is asked to examine Rose, and chooses to put her into a medicated coma and then pretend to offer to "help" the family by admitting Rose to her facility. Not exactly pure malignant villainry, but villainry of the cowardly and pathetic kind. But she *still* can't rest: she wakes Rose up periodically to question her, but even when it's clear Rose knows nothing and is no threat to her, Murray can't ever summon the courage to actually let her come out of the coma naturally and go free. (Fortunately, she's not strong enough to actually murder her either.) So, like Herod Antipas with John the Baptist in chains, Murray just leaves Rose in limbo, and probably would have done so indefinitely until circumstances forced her hand. She's kind of the opposite of Rose, who is overflowing with courage: it's clear that Rose fascinates her just as John the Baptist fascinated Antipas, but like Antipas, Murray can't emulate her, and becomes the pawn of the modern-day Herodias, Prosser and the needle of digoxin.

So -- when Murray has an opportunity to save Fish at the barn -- three times at least -- even though she's horribly torn because now his self-sacrifice is obvious to her, she can't muster up the will to do the good thing: to defy Dr. Prosser and call the police, or even simply refuse to help. And when she colludes in what she thinks is the final act of his murder -- throwing Fish back into the fire, after he's just thanked her for saving Rose's life -- it destroys her, mentally and physically.

I think of her as someone who's destroyed by compromise. And I couldn't see her finding any real courage after so much giving in to evil.

It's actually a very sad story. I also wish it had a happier ending.

Build your own fansite!

I told my husband that some of you were asking about a fansite or a message board, and he said I should tell you all about this link:

http://www.squidoo.com/squidwho/hq

It's a tool for building fansites. You can use it for anyone - even yourself! It's cute - take a look and see what you think.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Because you asked...


...Here is a picture of me in my Marie-Antoinette-inspired wedding dress. I made it myself (and made terrible mistakes making it:I'd do a much better job if I could make it again). Oh, and this is taken under my favorite apple tree from my childhood home.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Advice to a Writing Mom

Dear Regina,
I was just wondering if you have any tips for an aspiring writer who's also a new mom. I've got lots of ideas I'm trying to get on paper, but between house-work, part-time tutoring, and my six-month-old son, I can never seem to find the time. I'd appreciate any feedback you could give me. Thanks! ~K

Hi K,

Thanks for writing!

I'm going to presume in my answer that you're talking about writing fiction, not about simply getting published as a non-fiction author (which is much easier, btw, and a much more attainable and financially rewarding goal. :) ).

What I write below is true for a nonfiction writer of course, but nonfiction writers can usually get paying work writing articles and reviews while plugging away at their memoirs or their great idea for a diet book, while potential novelists usually have to mentally resign themselves to three to five years of hard non-paying work before they see even a dime of payback (if that). It has taken me about ten years apiece to write each of my novels, so I'm serious.

It's true that writing my children's book, Angel in the Waters, took me about a month to write, but it took me ten years to get it published! (Publishing a first picture book, generally speaking, is MUCH harder than publishing a first novel, for two big reasons: 1. picture books are more expensive for publishers to produce, so it's harder to convince them to do one. 2. EVERYONE wants to write a children's picture book, so publishers are flooded with submissions, and the competition is much tougher.)

So, how can you juggle writing a novel with being a wife and mom?

First, writing has to fit with your vocation as a wife and mom, not compete with it. I know I couldn't do anything without the total support of my husband. Honestly. Not only does he make time for me to write, but he reads, critiques, and edits my work (I call him the secret of my success). I know how important this is because it really enables my writing to happen. As a counter-example, he isn't supportive of my other hobbies, like sewing, so now I rarely sew. :)

So that is a definite first thing: consider (and inquire into) your husband's feelings on the matter. If your husband doesn't feel like now is the right time for you to pursue a writing career, then maybe it's not the right time for you to go professional. Don't worry: Beverly Cleary once wrote me a very kind note saying that she found she had better ideas once she got older. Life experience helps you to write more deeply and gives you more things to say.

So if you are just going to be scribbling in private until your little ones are flown, that's fine! Lots of women publish their first book only after their mothering years are over, so be content if that's where God has you now.

But even if you aren't able to be a professional writer, if that's your long-term plan, I'd say it's very important to write something every day, even if it's an email or a prayer journal entry. Make a habit of methodically correcting your email and IM conversations: be a stickler about grammar and try to stretch your vocabulary. It will make it easier for you to write if your mental writing muscles are in shape. If you are working on a novel, as often as possible try to work on it every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.

Please don't fool yourself into thinking that you'll write on vacation or you'll write when you have time: as C.S. Lewis says, most great work happens under unfavorable conditions because favorable conditions never come! There is a real discipline to the writing process that can only come with committment of time and effort. And for moms, this often means wearily staring at the computer when you'd rather be napping or sleeping or surfing the Internet. I've written several books while balancing a nursing infant on my knees (and getting terrible neck cramps in the process).

But being a mom has a way of prioritizing your life. You learn how to seize the quiet moment when it comes, and sometimes you're almost too busy to have writer's block!

If you do decide to make a committment to becoming a professional writer, I'd recommend cutting back on time-wasting entertainments like watching movies, TV, emailing, blogging, and ebaying. We don't own a TV and we watch movies infrequently. For my husband and I, writing adventure novels IS our entertainment. I really think that's the main reason I've been able to produce as much as I have. Over the years, I even cut back on lucrative things like freelance articles so that I could prioritize novel-writing.

And as always, submit everything to God. When I was in college, I made a regular habit of writing my novels in front of the Eucharist. I know that to some, that might seem almost irreverent, but for me, it brought the reality home that everything I write is written before God, and I am responsible before God for everything I write. He has a way of making our weakest efforts blossom. And of course everything we do accomplish happens because of Him anyhow.

God bless your discernment and your writing! As well as your family.
Peace and good
Regina

What Age Level are the Fairy Tale Novels for?

An email from a reader asks me a question I've fielded before, so I thought I'd post the answer here. Blog readers, feel free to give me your response in the comments boxes below:

Hi Regina,

I found out about your books and I'm interested in them for my 12 yr old...
are the elements in your books too adult for her? What would you consider to be the appropriate age level for the books? Are some more mature than others? I was thinking of Waking Rose as
Catholic Faith & Family magazine mentioned that it was like a 'Catholic Nancy Drew' which my daughter loves (ND). Does it "go no further" than the romance of the Barbie or Disney movies? I want to make an informed decision before I purchase them for her.

My response:

Although the books were described by the reviewer as a "Catholic Nancy Drew", I believe that makes the books sound as though they are intended for a younger audience, which they're not. I would say the books are definitely for teenagers, and they definitely do go beyond the romance of the Barbie/Disney movies: not because the main characters behave unchastely (no way!) but because there are darker elements and threats in the stories that make them more "high school" than anything else.

I will say that all of these issues are deliberately dealt with in a very ambiguous manner, so that most of it will go over the heads of readers innocent of these issues. But my teenage heroes and heroines do fight real dragons that are out there in society today. In my books, I don't do the dragons the favor of describing their horrific actions in graphic detail, but some of the manifestations of dragonish thinking and actions are there: the threat of date rape (Book 1), the danger of young men being seduced by immoral older women (Book 2), and sexual violence and brokenness (Book 3). Also, although only one person (a villain) dies in the course of all three books, the threat of death is very near and the suspense can be at quite a high level.

For longer reviews of the books by Catholic moms that you might find helpful, I would check out these sites:

http://www.catholicexchange.com/node/66450

http://lily-maiden.blogspot.com/2007/10/waking-rose.html

http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2007/10/enchantment.html

Given your concern, I would say that Waking Rose is too old for your daughter to start with. I would suggest purchasing The Shadow of the Bear first. Aside from the violent brushes with death at the end, the "difficult" chapter is Chapter 13, where one heroine, Rose, is conned into going into a bedroom with a boy that she's on a date with. Nothing transpires, and she gets out of the situation in a very clever way, but that would be the chapter that I, as the parent of a 12-year-old myself, would be concerned with. I would say, read that chapter, and if you are comfortable with that chapter, the rest of the book will be fine. Some families who have read the book aloud to their entire families have simply skipped that chapter or parts of that chapter.

The Shadow of the Bear is also an audio drama, currently airing on Ave Maria Radio in Michigan at 7 AM on Saturday mornings. Even if you are not in Michigan, you can listen to an episode during the morning hour from their website, http://www.avemariaradio.net/catholic-online-radio.php. I can say that my children *have* listened to the audio drama, and the scene in question pretty much goes over their heads.

You also might want to check out the comments of readers in the comments boxes of my blog, http://www.reginadoman.blogspot.com/, where a lot of readers shared what they liked best about the books.

I hope this helps! Let me know what you decide to do: it will help me in knowing what to tell other moms with similar concerns!

Peace and good
Regina

Waking Rose on Tea at Triannon


Mutual admiration society: Elena Maria Vidal who wrote the historical novels on the family of Marie Antoinette Trianon and Madame Royale has reviewed Waking Rose on her gracious blog, Tea at Trianon. If you haven't had a chance to read her novels, please do so!
I don't think I've ever posted about this, but I'm a fan of Marie Antoinette: I based my wedding dress on one that she herself designed (very similar to the one in this oil painting, incidentally!), and I consider her one of the most maligned figures in conventional history.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Preordering Catholic Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book 1

Although I still don't have a release date for Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High Book 1, Sophia Press is getting ready to start taking pre-orders. So if you are interested in pre-ordering the book, feel free to email them at orders@sophiainstitute.com or call them at 1800-888-9344. I don't yet know the price or release date, but maybe if folks call and and ask them, that information will come out.

Thanks again for all your prayers and support!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wow.

I am so honored by Claire's review on her lovely blog, http://lily-maiden.blogspot.com/2007/10/waking-rose.html. Here's an excerpt:

It was after reading Waking Rose that I really realized one of the big potentials of these books. Eric Ludy, husband of Leslie Ludy (author of Authentic Beauty), has some excellent "Lessons on Manhood" articles in her book. In one, he explains about a book that heavily impacted his life, and his understanding of masculinity and strength. It was The Scottish Chiefs, a novel based on the true story of Scottish war heroes William Wallace and Sir Robert the Bruce. He testifies that the book left him with a new and powerful vision of manhood. And it was a book written by a lady. Eric says, "It was a woman with a correct vision of manhood that lit the flame of willingness within my heart to become all the God desired for me to be." (Emphasis his)

I'm convinced that Regina's novels have the exact same potential. Her masculine characters are strong, gallant, chivalrous, and yet very real. I know many other girls would join me in confirming that they exemplify exactly the kind of strength and values we hope and pray for in a future husband. I hope many, many young women continue to read these stores and treasure the beauty of pure romance and modern-day femininity that they depict. And I hope many, many young men also pick them up and catch hold of a vision of authentic masculinity fashioned after the ultimate manhood of Jesus Christ.

Claire, I'm truly honored you think the books have that potential. Thanks so much for the review!

Will the Old Covers Ever Return?


Someone asked me this in the comments box below, and this is another question I've occasionally gotten:

I have a question? Will the "old" covers of the Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night ever be available? Just wondering, because I wanted to buy a couple for gifts and I prefer the old covers.

The answer is: very sorry, but no. The old covers (both created by Rose Sharpe, btw) are owned by Bethlehem Books, so I couldn't use them even if I wanted to. I know that some of you preferred the old covers, but I know that many others had complaints about them. We have no plans to go back to the old covers, and we don't even have any of them left to sell in our cache (I *do* have a stash of the original yellow hardcovers, but I'm saving them to give to my grandchildren! They're not for sale!).

So... right now you can still get copies of The Shadow of the Bear from Bethlehem (click here to order). But once they are out of theirs, that means that the Bethlehem covers will be officially collectibles! :)

If you want a copy of the book with the old covers, the good news is that you can find them "new and used" on Amazon.com. I just checked now, and according to Amazon today (click to view and buy):

The Shadow of the Bear is still in stock, with 32 new and used copies available.

Black as Night is out of stock, but there are 3 new and used copies available.

And for real diehards
there are 11 used and new copies available of the original hardcover, Snow White and Rose Red: A Modern Fairy Tale.

But when I said the Bethlehem Books were collectibles now, I was serious. Even though this is incredible to me, according to Amazon, the highest price for a used hardcover of the original book is $158.60, with the only new copy going for $75.00.

And someone is selling their used copy of Black as Night for $85.80. Yikes! Better grab those other two copies while you can!

Honestly, I have no idea why some copies have shot up in price this way. I guess I just don't understand the used book market!

But before you buy any high-priced copies of Black as Night, first check out Emmanuel Books, which has the very last copies of Black as Night in stock that we know about. We sold the last box of books to them. You can get them for $11.95, the original price. And it looks as as though there are enough nice new copies of The Shadow of the Bear on Amazon.com for about $7-$8 so those of you who are searching for Christmas presents. (And you know, it might be a good investment for your giftee if that $7 copy starts selling for $80 a few years from now...)

Oh, if any booksellers reading this post have new copies of the old books in stock, let me know and I'll be happy to point readers towards you.

To deal with one final question:

Are you planning on having a drawn cover of Waking Rose that matches the Bethelehm Books covers so I can have a matched set?

... again, sadly, the answer is no. Unless another publisher picks up the book and changes the cover, the cover of Waking Rose that is available now is the only cover we plan to have.

We also can't get the book printed in the original sizes either (that was another question). Now Lulu offers a slightly smaller size, but it's not the same as the original covers. Our only choices are the 6x9 Novel size (which we are using), a 5.75 x 8.7" size, and pocket paperback size (which ironically is more expensive because it's more pages!).

But we do plan to publish the upcoming books (The Midnight Dancers, Alex and K's book, Fish's other book) in the same size and with the same format as the first three books. I know this is very important to readers! So, eventually, you *will* have a matching set -- if you start collecting the self-published versions!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Shadow of the Bear on Ave Maria Radio!

Ave Maria Radio is Michigan is airing The Shadow of the Bear in 9 episodes on Saturdays at 7-7:30 AM EST as part of the "Radio Adventures" or "Glory Stories" series (BTW this is just how they have it categorized. We're part of Northern Rain Studios' Radio Adventures Series, not FWM's Glory Stories). My husband and I just got up early to catch the Prom Scene via internet radio.

We had to cheer because after eight years of work, we are finally on Catholic radio! When we first began production, we had no idea it would take this long. (For instance, my second daughter was a newborn when we were recording: she's now eight!) But it shows what you can accomplish in the Catholic arts with almost no money and lots of help from friends. When I say friends, I'm thinking especially of--

-- Joe Miller, whose daughter, singer Marie Miller is a fan. Joe loaned us the studio and equipment for recording, simply out of friendship. (We'd talked about having Marie do an audio track for the drama but it never came to fruition. Still, I think her music is awesome!)

-- Plus Ken and Francis Fast at Northern Rain Studio, who have really pushed this through for us because of their commitment to Catholic audio drama.

--And of course, Alex Fedoryka, lead singer of the Celtic band Scythian, who didn't receive a cent from us for his sterling performance as Bear (plus we used his face on the cover of the CD and now the book). I don't know if we could have found someone else who could capture the character of my favorite character so well. Plus the other Christendom students and friends like Theresa Ford-Fisher (Blanche), Helen Alexander (Rose), Dan Schniebel (Fish), Jason Manak (Rob), and Marie Smith (Mrs. Brier) who also put in their time and talent simply out of love and for the fun of the thing.

--And we have to specially thank Leonardo De Fillippis, who agreed to play Mr. Freet, and who knows all about how hard and long you have to work on productions in the Catholic arts with almost no money and lots of friends. :)

So if you're up early on a Saturday morning, tune in on Ann Arbor's WDEO 990 AM station in Michigan, or click here to listen to internet radio link on Ave Maria Radio's site.

Oh, and today it's the 90th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. God truly does do amazing things.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Waking Rose on Catholic Exchange

Catholic Exchange posted Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur's review of Waking Rose on their home page today. I'm honored! You can read the complete review here. I have to say the lead graphic is really nice too. Thanks, Catholic Exchange!

BTW I saw that someone on the review page was asking about my email. My public email is regina@reginadoman.com. Not sure how I can let them know, but I thought I could post it here, just in case they stop by. :)

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Making the Books into Movies?

Note: Since I wrote this post, I've given permission for a student production of The Shadow fo the Bear to be made. Click here to go to the movie blog!

Also the Comments on this post contain many SPOILERS! Don't read them if you haven't finished the book!!!!


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Q: My friend and I love your books so much, we were fantasizing about your making a movie. Have you ever considered it? If not, please do!

Periodically I am asked this question: Would you consider making the books into movies? Are you making the books into movies? When will you make the books into movies? I've been asked this for a long time. The answer is complicated.

On the one hand, my husband and I would LOVE to make the books into movies.

However...

Although we did have the opportunity to make The Shadow of the Bear into an audio drama, it took us quite a lot of our own personal money (as in, THOUSANDS of dollars) plus several years of work. And we've barely made even a fraction of the money we spent on the audio drama. It was truly a work of love, :) but the cost was such that we can't even consider making an audio drama of Black as Night with our existing resources.

Movies costs MILLIONS of dollars to make. Even low-budget, direct-to-video releases are in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. We just don't have that kind of money. We also don't have that kind of time. (We had three kids and mostly free evenings when we started the audio drama: now we're expecting our 7th!)

More to the point, we just don't have enough experience making movies to really take on the complicated and difficult process of creating quality films of the books. And if we were to make the books into movies, we'd want to do a good job. A really good job.

Both my husband and I were radio-tv majors in college: neither of us has studied or has experience with film (though I have been studying scriptwriting). We were able to do the audio drama because we had free professional equipment and free studio space, mostly volunteer actors, and a free sound technician. And my husband had amateur radio drama experience. But movies need far more than that.

Films require business plans, acquring investors, marketing research, distribution channels, and connections in the industry of all kinds as well as the things we usually think of: scriptwriting, hiring actors, expensive cameras, editing equipment, etc. In fact, writing the script for a film of the book would be about the only aspect of filmmaking I'd be qualified to do.

This is why authors generally don't make movies of their own books. So how do books get made into movies? This is an overview of how it works:

Authors, via an agent, offer to sell the film rights of their book to a movie producer or production company. Usually film rights are sold for thousands, sometimes millions of dollars. For a movie company to become interested in aquring the film rights, the book would have to be *very* successful. Right now my books haven't sold enough copies to attract the attention of any of the larger movie companies, so the chance of an agent being willing to take on the job of trying to sell my movie rights is very slim.

And, I should point out, even if I could sell the rights to my books, that's no guarantee that the books would actually get made into movies. Larger movie companies have been notorious for snapping up the rights for any potentially interesting book and then sitting on them for decades and decades before actually filming the movie (this happened with A Wrinkle in Time, for instance, a book far more famous than mine). And some books whose rights have been sold have *never* been made into movies.

By the way, once the rights are sold, I would have no control over what sort of movie would be made from my books. I could ask to have first dibs on writing the script as part of the deal, but theoretically the movie company could change all the characters, change the ending, or do anything they wanted with the story once they own the rights. It's just the way these things work.

So right now, the chance of the books getting made into movies the *conventional* way is very slim.

However, there is another way: if a smaller production company was interested in acquiring the rights to the books, and was willing to work with me, such as by letting me write the script or work as a consultant on the film, I'd definitely be open. My husband and I have our eye on a few such production companies, but really, making a movie is such a complicated, expensive process that involves so many people and is fraught with so many difficulties that I feel safe saying that it would be a long time before movies of my books will be made.

But it sure is fun to think about!

So, if you want to see my books made into movies -- pray. If God wants them made into movies, nothing is impossible for Him.

And if you feel so called, study moviemaking, move to Hollywood, and join the movie business. And if years from now you are working in the industry and still think the books would make great movies, get in touch. :)

Thanks for the question!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"No Matter What Happens, Blessed Be His Name"

This past summer, I gave a talk by this title at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference. It was the first time that I spoke about losing our son, Joshua Michael, in public. It was a hard talk to give, but I'm told that it helped people in the audience who were going through their own bouts with suffering. In the talk, I retell the Biblical story of Job and share how I found that God's story about suffering had real applicability to what our family experienced.

I just found out that the talk is available on CD from St. Joseph Communications for $7.00. To order, call Monica at 1800-526-2151, ext. #413. Or, you can email her at monica@saintjoe.com. The item number for the talk is #MWCFC07-CDM#8.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Good news for bookstores!

We now can give copies of Waking Rose to bookstores in time for Christmas. While we can't give a spectacular discount, if you own a bookstore and your customers have been asking about Waking Rose, check out our Bookstore page at www.fairytalenovels.com. Or email me at regina@reginadoman.com and we might be able to work something out.

Prayers for John Paul 2 High...

Hey, we are having some more delays with Catholic, Reluctantly, the first book of John Paul 2 High. I know you all are so good at praying for my books: could I ask for some special prayers today for this book? Thanks so much!