With Bestselling and Award Winning Author
- Why did you decide to do the novelization of 50 Hours, when offered the chance?
Kevin O’Neill, who wrote the screenplay, explained his bare-bones story in such a way that I was hooked, right from the first minutes of our introductory phone call. The more he talked, the more hooked I became. I started visualizing the hospice center. Saw ways I could ‘flesh out’ the characters. Instinctively knew that, in order for the main characters to expose their backgrounds, their hopes and fears, and their flaws, the story needed multiple secondary characters that they could interact with. In his screenplay, Kevin had included a bluejay, and I developed a personality for the bird. It was crazy-fun, writing him into scenes during which it teased and tormented Franco, the male lead in the story! Since then, after reading the glowing endorsements from reviewers who read the advanced reader copy, I’ve realized that a story like this offers immense hope to cancer patients, their families, their friends. That had been a goal, from the minute I started work on 50 Hours. But that goal became a necessity as I made my way toward The End.
2. What scene in the story touched you the most?
This takes place in what I call “The RV scene”: Aubrey has convinced Franco to take her to north Georgia, so she can fulfill the dream of a lifetime, and paint the autumn leaves. He risked his own freedom to make that dream come true…
Aubrey was on her feet, staggering, wide-eyed, and crying. “Let him go! You don’t understand!”
“He’s wanted for kidnapping,” the first cop said, “for starters.”
“But . . . but this was all my idea. He’s only here as a favor to me.”
A sheen of perspiration coated her flushed face.
“You know she’s dying, right?” Franco growled. “Did her control freak mother tell you that? She has a fever, and she’s lightheaded. You jerks need to call an ambulance, get her to the nearest hospital. I won’t give you any trouble. But do the right thing, okay guys? Take care of her before you haul me away.”