I was lucky enough to grab Vanessa for an interview about this, her third work.
A Good Man (screenplay)
Do you like Dexter and American Psycho? Then chances are you will love A Good Man.
Louis Caron is a good man – he's a vegetarian, feeds homeless people, takes care of animals and is converned with the ecological well-being of the planet. But his altruism has a sinister edge – he's a vampire and local detective Taglioni becomes increasingly suspicious of him. Louis' attempt to escape the police will take him on a journey into his own private hell where he is not only forced to confront his worst fears, but where he will also destroy the lives of those he cares about.
What makes A Good Man stand out on the "shelf?"
A Good Man is a dark comedy with a few horror elements. I could best describe it as American Psycho with a vampire. Some people have also compared it to the TV-series Dexter. It's a fun and moving story and it turns the vampire myth completely on its head. It's not the kind of vampire story you've seen before and if you think you know how things will turn out, then think again.
What was your favorite part about writing the story / of the story itself?
I really enjoyed writing some of the funniest scenes in A Good Man, such as the one with Butterfly and Matthias. I had so much fun writing them because they were based on people I know and real stories my friends told me. Sometimes, the things you see and hear in real life can be more interesting than the things you invent yourself.
Another favorite part from A Good Man is the ending. It's the reason why I wanted to write this story. It's devastating and it might not be to everyone's liking, but I think it's impossible not to be affected by it.
How have you grown as an author?
Every new story makes you grow as an author, especially if you take the rewriting phase seriously. A Good Man in particular was helpful, because I wrote it for a production company and they gave advice and constructive criticism along the way.
What kind of audience is best for your books?
My first two books, Drowned Sorrow and The Strangers Outside, is for everyone who likes to read Stephen King and other authors of supernatural suspense. They're rich in atmosphere and visuals and, apparently, they read like a movie, so they should appeal to movie afficionados as well. A Good Man, on the other hand, is for everyone who wants to try out something different. It has a structure similar to many other thrillers, but the characters, theme and ending will definitely surprise you.
What projects are you working on right now?
As some of you already know, A Good Man is now in pre-production and ready to be turned into a French feature film. Director, actors and part of the crew are already attached to the project and the production is finalizing the funding phase. It will be shot later this year and I will keep everyone up to date by posting behind-the-scenes pictures on my blog. Apart from the film adaptation of A Good Man, I'm currently working on seven different projects, both movies and books and I'm lucky to be able to collaborate with some of the most talented directors and artists in Europe. One of those projects is a book based on the web comic about my cat (http://aHYPERLINK "http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com/"valon-lion.blogspot.com).
What are your favorite books?
Everything by Daph Nobody (Blood Bar, L'enfant nucléaire), Carol Drinkwater (The Olive Farm, The Olive Season), John Saul (Second Child) and Michel Houellebecq (Elementary Particles).
What is your favorite form of the written word and why? (Poetry, prose, verse)
I definitely prefer screenplays. Prose comes second.
Have you ever given up on a project?
I never give up on a project. There's always a way to accomplish what I want. It might take some time, it might be hard, but there's always a solution to every problem and with perseverence everything becomes possible.
Where can people find your new release?
Some places where you can find A Good Man are Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords. It's also available in French as Un homme bien on Amazon US, Amazon FR and Smashwords.
Screenwriter and novelist Vanessa Morgan is known as the 'female version of Stephen King'. You can find out more about Vanessa Morgan and her work by going to her personal blog http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com. If you like cats, you might also like the web comic about her cat Avalon at http://avalon-lion.blogspot.com.
Other Books by Vanessa Morgan
The Strangers Outside (short story)
Two sisters, Jennifer and Louise, return to their remote holiday cottage after a day at the seaside. But little do they know they're being surrounded. Soon after their arrival, the girls will come face to face with the strangers outside. When the assailants make their intentions known, things take a shockingly terrible turn and an intense battle for survival will begin.
Drowned Sorrow (novel)
Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in a terrible accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help to put her life back together. But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, the inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the village deserted with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake's surface, an eerie presence watches... and waits... Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn't bode well for visitors. By the time Megan realizes that her daughter is in danger, it might already be too late.