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Lee Child cameo in 'Jack Reacher'

Did You Notice These Authors in Their On-Screen Movie Cameos?

Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.

 

Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)!

 

 

 

Author of all things spooky, R.L. Stine, had initially wondered if he should maybe just play himself in the 2015 film adaptation of Goosebumps! However, after a bit of disagreement from his fans (and his wife), he decided a short cameo within the film would be more than enough to satiate his hunger to be on screen. In the original script, Stine (who plays the Vice Principal in the school where the film-version of Stine teaches) was set to stand on-stage and hand one of the lead children a trophy.

 

I told the director I needed a line and he said, ‘okay…say something!’ so I handed the kid the trophy and said, ‘Congratulations, sonny!’

 

 

 

Popular Thriller writer and author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, said that after he’s been given a script and asked to choose which scene he’d like a cameo in, he always chooses a scene essential to the plot that he knows cannot wind up on the cutting room floor. He also went on to describe the strange sort of feeling that comes along with meeting a character of your own creaton.

 

The production team thought me handing him the toothbrush would be like me, the creator of this character, passing the baton onto Tom Cruise…

 

 

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The legendary creator of the entire Game of Thrones franchise, George R.R. Martin, spoke about his cameo in his 1987 television-series, Beauty and the Beast. According to Martin, he assumed the cameo would be the perfect opportunity to plug his new book whilst eating a free cheeseburger or two. However he had no idea that the scene would take hours upon hours to shoot (and cheeseburgers upon cheeseburgers eaten).

 

These weren’t Shake Shack, or even McDonalds…I’m talking the twenty-four pack of microwavable cheeseburgers…so if you’re going to be a featured extra make sure you’re doing something your okay with doing ninety times in a row.

 

 

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‘Subterranean’ Author James Rollins Owes His Career to Life Coach Tony Robbins

During an interview at the annual four-day conference of bestselling thriller-authors from all across the globe, Thrillerfest, acclaimed science fiction and action author James Rollins admitted that his career may not have begun exactly as he’s stated in the past…

 

I reached my thirtieth birthday and thought, ‘well, if I really want to be a writer than I’d better start now,’ and that’s exactly what I did…google that story, you’ll see me tell it. I tell that story all the time…and it’s a lie!

 

Rollins then went on to explain that one night, around two AM, he was dolling out the payroll for the employees at his veterinary clinic, and was slightly delirious with fatigue. In the background, infomercials were playing on the television, that would alter the course of his life forever:

 

A booming voice asked me if I was ready to change my life…I turned toward the TV and started nodding…

 

As it turns out, that booming voice of God actually belonged to none other than infamous life coach, Tony Robbins

 

So, Rollins did what any lost soul during the late-nighties would do; he ordered all forty of Tony Robbins cassette tapes.

 

The first tape said to take out a sheet of paper, forget everything you know about your life, close your eyes, and write down what you want to do…I wrote ‘I want to write a novel.’

 

Rollins flipped the tape over and Robbins’s voice was soon urging him to take that one, first step toward achieving that dream…and that’s exactly what he did!

 

So yes, I owe my career to Tony Robbins.

 

And, thus James Rollins began etching away at what would one-day become his breakout novel, Subterranean

 

Subterranean

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I’ve had no formal training in writing…I joined a a writing critique group in Sacramento and, to this day, they still read all of my work before my editor does.”

 

It took Rollins just eleven months to finish his first novel. He then shopped the book around; sending the manuscript to one literary agent after the next.

 

And, much like nearly every other successful artist in the history of time, Rollins received rejection after rejection after rejection; forty-nine literary agents turned down his work.

 

One agent was kind enough to take the time and leave me a handwritten note on the manuscript, however…he wrote ‘this is unpublishable’.

 

Still, Rollins didn’t let these rejections deter him from his goal, and, luckily enough, the fiftieth agent he sent Subterranean to said yes, and the book became a wildly popular success!

 

It just goes to prove that all you truly need to succeed is perseverance, a steady community of support, the belief in your work (and yourself), and the booming voice of Tony Robbins.

 

Don’t tell Tony Robbins that…pretty soon he’ll be asking me for royalties!

 

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George R.R. Martin and R.L. Stine Share Their Opposing Views on Social Media

During an open-panel discussion last Saturday at the popular thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and R.L. Stine (author of Goosebumps!) talked all things social media and well, they don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…

 

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R.L. Stine, George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Lee Child at Thrillerfest | Image via Twitter

 

George R.R. Martin started off the discussion,

 

I don’t know, social media…some days I want to burn it all down…”

 

That seems like a fair enough statement considering the fact that, as I’m sure anyone with any sort of social media account already knows, the internet can be an insanely scary, cruel, and vindictive place. It seems like there are people out there who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to spew insults and hatred from behind the safety of their computer screens, seemingly forgetting (or choosing not to acknowledge, rather) that real people are at the receiving end. For example: 

 

 

 

Martin went on to ask

 

Has social media driven us mad, or were we always mad, we just did a better job at hiding it?

 

 

Now, as valid as this statement is, R.L. Stine chimed in to talk about how he’s experienced social media in an entirely different light:

 

I love Twitter, I’m on it all the time…I love connecting with my fans from the nineties

 

Now, if you take a look at Stine’s Twitter feed, it’s no surprise that this man loves to tweet…

 

 

It’s interesting to how see two wildly famous household names have had such contrasting experiences on social media!

 

Martin rebutted Stine’s statement with:

 

It’s ugly…I don’t know what to think about it all…it ain’t the seventies.

 

Stine simply replied:

 

 I’m beloved!

 

This silly disagreement was done with laughter as the two authors poked fun at each other because, as everyone knows, George R.R. Martin’s fans have a lot of animosity toward him due to their growing impatience while they wait for the yet-to-be-announced release of the final Game of Thrones novel, while R.L. Stine’s fans have loved him since childhood, and have had zero reason to be angry with him.

 

So, let’s maybe cut George R.R. Martin some slack because writing a novel of that caliber has to be extremely stressful and time-consuming and, at the end of the day, he’s just a human writing fictional stories of a fictional place and it isn’t worth attacking, threatening, or hurting his feelings because we’re excited to see how the story ends.

 

So, let’s keep lovin’ on R.L. Stine and showing him how grateful and nostalgic he makes us feel, while extending some of that love on over to George R.R. Martin because he deserves it, too. (Don’t we all?)

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Goosebumps!’ Author R.L. Stine Talks the Funniest Moments of His Career

This weekend, Goosebumps! author R.L. Stine spoke to a panel at the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, and man, was it thrilling! The world-renowned Young Adult Horror author told-all, starting with where his fame began…

 

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According to Stine, he’d never joined this industry with the idea of being a horror writer for children ages eight-to-twelve in mind:

 

I wrote joke books…I had no idea that children love being scared!

 

In fact, it wasn’t until Stine wrote his first creepy novel, Blind Date, and was quickly thrust into the world of praise from his new cult of pint-sized and happily terrified fans, that he realized he might be onto something. So, Stine decided to trust in his instincts and take the leap out of the world of comedy, and into the ever-so-spooky world of children, possessed dummies, gooey monsters, and all of the things that go bump in the night!

 

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And, as you may already know due to his international notoriety and the sheer prominence the entire Goosebumps franchise holds as an important part of our pop culture history; turning toward horror novels for kids could not have worked out better for our most nostalgic wordsmith. Soon, he was filling bookstores and meet-and-greets with his avid-readers and loyal fans who couldn’t wait to shake his hand and hear him speak.

 

And, at one particular meet-and-greet that still stands out to Stine today, a teacher approached him at the table and said,

 

Can I take a picture with you? The kids all think you’re dead…

 

Never one to get bent out shape too easily, Stine told this story with joy, laughter, and the dry hilarity his friends and family know him for.

 

R.L. Stine went on to talk about the process of taking his works from the page to the screen; revealing that the first Goosebumps film adaptation was on the seventeenth version of the film script, written by the fourth team of writers, when they finally started filming. He even added that they hired a writer, paying him a flat-rate of $500,000 to go through the Goosebumps script for an afternoon and add-in jokes and silly phrasing. ($500,000?! Anyone know how I can sign-up for that gig?)

 

Stine also went on to talk about the difficulties and hurdles that came with casting, especially when it was nearing the time to decide which actor would take on the role of R.L. Stine, himself.

 

For months he mulled over the different actors he thought might be right for the role. And, every time the news broke about an actor who was potentially up for the part, fans would react in such an open (and slightly intense) manner; soon sending messages to Stine about how he should just play the role himself. Receiving an inbox filled with mixed signals and feeling more confused than ever before about who should play the role, Stine decided to take the decision to the two people he trusted most: his wife and son.

 

But, when he asked his wife, Jane Waldhorn, whether or not he should just play the role himself, she simply replied:

 

You’re too old to play yourself.

 

And, when he asked his son, Matthew Stine, for his hot-take on the whole casting process, and if he had any ideas about who should play the part, he said:

 

I think you should be played by Morgan Freeman.

 

Feeling like casting Morgan Freeman might be a bit of a stretch, Stine decided to once-again trust his gut and let the casting department go with their first choice actor: Jack Black.

 

Still, although he didn’t get to play himself, Stine was still granted his very own cameo within the film.

 

 

(Also, can we just take a second to talk about how beautifully meta it was for Jack Black, whilst in character as R.L. Stine, to bump into Stine and refer to him as “Mr. Black.” Clever, Goosebumps team, very clever…)

 

It was so, insanely exciting to spend the afternoon listening to such an important and iconic creator speak so candidly, and in such a fun, light-hearted manner, I’m still buzzing with adrenaline from it all! 

 

The trailer for Goosebumps 2 was released this week, watch it here! The film is expected for release October 12, 2018 (and I don’t know about you but I am so ready!!)

 

 

 

 

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Check Out This Unique Opportunity to Talk to George R.R. Martin, Lee Child, Karin Slaughter and More!

Attention fans of all things mystery, thriller and crime. It’s nearly time for Thrillerfest! Thrillerfest is the annual conference of International Thriller Writers, and this year’s line up is jaw-droppingly good, with names as astronomically huge as George R.R. Martin, Lee Child, Lisa Gardiner, Karin Slaughter, Kathy Reichs and Megan Abbott. 

 

WIN A CHANCE TO ATTEND THRILLERFEST AND MEET ‘GAME OF THRONES’ AUTHOR GEORGE R.R. MARTIN

 

Thrillerfest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, and is open to the public. You can expect numerous panels hosted by and featuring your favorite thriller writers, as well as workshops like the ATF workshop, Master CraftFest and CraftFest, or you can take your unpublished manuscript to PitchFest, and pitch it to publishers and agents! Check out some of the highlights below! 

 

ATF Workshop

This workshop will be hosted by Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms, who will discuss their careers on the frontlines, investigating firearms trafficking, arson, explosives trafficking and more! Check out the full schedule here

 

MasterFest

Join a stellar group of teachers on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at ITW’s Master CraftFest, a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. It’s an intense but extremely helpful day. Each class, which is limited to ten students, will allow you to work with a bestselling author on your manuscript in progress.

Our instructors this year include: Steve Berry, Grant Blackwood, David Corbett, Robert Dugoni, Meg Gardiner, Andrew Gross, Steven James, D.P. Lyle, Gayle Lynds, Donald Maass and F. Paul Wilson.

 

CraftFest

The original vision of CraftFest and Master CraftFest was to create exceptional, one-of a-kind schools for teaching the craft of thriller writing. Our mission was to provide students with the tools needed to take their writing to the next level and to help each reach their individual career goals. For over a decade now we have worked to fulfill this vision. 2017 was yet again a great success. Now, we are preparing our 2018 line up of teachers and classes.

As always, CraftFest will have 4 tracks that will run all day Wednesday July 11th and for two hours on the morning of Thursday July 12th. Many of your favorites will return and other exceptional teachers will be added as we continue to evolve and improve.

 

PitchFest

PitchFest is designed to put authors and agents together for the purpose of pitching projects. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for those writers looking to get or change agents. And where better to have this event than in the heart of publishing, New York City?

PitchFest is set up like a speed-dating event. You pitch your novel to an agent for a few minutes, get the agent’s reaction, and then move on to a different agent.

 

This year their spotlight guests include George R.R. Martin, James Rollins, Lee Child, Lisa Gardiner, and Megan Abbott

 

Check out the full schedule here! And don’t miss your chance to win tickets to Thrillerfest valued at $450, front row seats to George RR Martin, and meet him after his panel! 

 

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