A friend of mine recently said to me, “Where is your new book?”
“What new book?”
I sat there, stunned. I looked at him utterly speechless. I had no answer. I had no idea. I had no knowledge that I was even supposed to be writing one. I was in the middle of writing another screenplay trilogy, for crying out loud. But that one little bit of dialogue was all it took. That one little question/accusation/inspiration got me going. Where was it? Where was this magical book I didn’t know I had in the works that was somehow supposed to be created and brewing within? I hadn’t written a book in a while; I had been focusing on screenwriting, auditions, meetings, coverage, building the production company, etc. I didn’t have any more time in the day to sit down and write an entire book! The last one I had written–actually–the only book I’d written was a children’s book about the misfit son of Santa Claus—Growing Up Claus © Copyright 2007) But once the idea was out there, its subtext being, What more can you create right at this moment? What story are you leaving unsaid? Well, that got my fire going.
What was my goal? What was I after? I have been writing scripts as vehicles to act in, produce and build a career off of. And with the varying stories and genres they represent, I can clearly see which one would be a good book, another a graphic novel, and the rest–simply the movies and films they were meant to be. So where was my book? Well, clearly seeing the one that it needed to be, I pulled the first of the screenplays: Archangels (© Copyright 2009)—the first of a fantasy trilogy. The book would be written to build an audience toward the larger goal, I told myself. So off to work I went. I put the project I was working on aside and dove right in. And now it is done. I have put it out in the world and there is no turning back. No harboring this story anymore. No clasping it to my breast and squeezing it tight. Yes, it’s now out there. Archangels: Book I © Copyright 2013) has come to press.
To my friend who asked the question, to the Guillermo del Toro’s out there and the Darren Arnofsky’s and Gene Hackman’s and Steve Martin’s who have turned their ideas and scripts into books and graphic novels to get a film made, I salute you. It is you who have inspired me and reminded me that being one thing isn’t the only thing to be. To be an actor, you are a storyteller–by all means possible–even if you write them…
-Written by: #CorinaMarie
(Corina Marie Zurcher is an actress, producer and screenwriter.)