Recently, Anne Rice announced the upcoming adaptation of her novel, “Christ the Lord: Road to Cana”, in graphic novel form, to be published by Sea Lion Books. This adaptation joins a list of others that have come from the novels of Anne Rice.
In a recent interview with the author, on the subject of graphic novels, Anne Rice has said: “We are very interested in licensing graphic novel versions of all our novels. We did this very early on, and many of those early graphic novel versions are out of print and collector’s items today. Yen is doing a new graphic novel of ‘Interview with the Vampire,’ from Claudia’s point of view. IDW has just issued the first of six installments of their graphic novel of ‘The Servant of the Bones.’ We welcome interest. I love the graphic novel and always have”.
Since creating a graphic novel is a collaborative effort, we went to the source — comic book adaptor and novelist, Anne Elizabeth — to see what it’s like to work with such an iconic author as Anne Rice and find out a little bit more about what type of person writes graphic novels.
As the person adapting Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana into graphic novel form, how closely did you work with Mrs. Rice and what was it like to work with such a well-known and popular author?
Anne Rice’s Christ The Lord: The Road To Cana is still in the process of being adapted. Ms. Rice is a brilliant author and very hands-on. She provides tremendous guidance on the scripting process and input on the art creation. It is a tremendous honor to work with her on this project, and I am overjoyed.
Do you prefer writing graphic novels over other types of books and why?
I love writing both comic/graphic novel scripts and all type of romances. Dynamite Entertainment published my first graphic novel, PULSE OF POWER. Sea Lion Books bought the rest of the series, which is a seven-book contract. They are releasing them one a year for the next seven years. At the New York Comic Con, THE PENDULUM (BOOK II of the PULSE series) will be available early to fans and there will be a special short story comic, too. Recently, I also signed a three-book contract with Sourcebooks, Inc. The first romance novel debuts in Fall 2012, and they focus on a behind-the scenes look at Navy SEALs. My husband is retired from The Teams and it has been a wonderful opportunity to go in depth on some of the training, mindset, and of course…the romance.
Why do you believe graphic novels are so popular?
I believe graphic novels are so popular because they capture an opportunity to explore a creator’s world, travel side-by-side with a hero, a heroine or even a dastardly villain, and while on that journey become part of the experience, the realizations, and the commitment to achieving the goal.
Also, this is a joint effort. Comics and graphic novels take a team of people to work on them. From the creator or writer to the artist, and then there is the inker and the colorist, and the letterer. Don’t forget the editor and the production team as well as the publisher and distributor. It takes a “family” to create a long-lasting project and that feeling resonates. Oftentimes, the result is that these stories can be shared and enjoyed through the generations, too.
I understand your working on your own project, called “Pendulum.” Can you tell us more about it?
In THE PENDULUM, my heroine Tia Stanton goes off-world. She’s on an alien planet when she finally admits that she has lost her magical power. Oftentimes getting over your head in a situation is exactly what catapults you into dealing with the issues in your life that aren’t working. While she sorts through her own difficulties, the blinders of what is happening around her fall off. On this alien planet, she is in the middle of a civil war with a dictator who wants to commit genocide. Tia chooses to get involved, to become part of the solution, and help the down-trodden take back power.
With the current situations on the planet, both of these issues – self-empowerment & global understanding – are crucially important to me to talk about. I have grand-children, god-children, and many, many teens in my life. This is the book I wanted to give them, just in case I am not around to say everything that is important about living a thoughtful and stand-up life.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to get into writing novels, comics or graphic novels?
Your publishing goal is in your hands. It is up to you to fulfill it. So, write every day, join groups, go to conventions and conferences, surround yourself with positive and supportive people, and above all…live boldly. Courage makes the unexpected and outstanding happen!
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My thanks and gratitude to Anne Elizabeth for her time and knowledge, as well as Sea Lion Books, for all their assistance in completing this article. Please visit their website at SeaLionBooks.com for a complete listing and description of all their titles.
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Coming soon, an interview with Chuck Hogan (co-writer of “The Strain” trilogy) and Gregory Maguire, author of “Wicked”, “Son of a Witch”, “A Lion Among Men” and many, many others.
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