Friday, July 26, 2013

TEN: the novel, Jade's author notes

The novel companion to TEN, the film I cowrote and starred in, is now available! (Order a copy.)

This book was really fun to write. One of the big themes of the film is identity construction, so when Launch Over asked me to write the novel companion, I decided the best way to tackle it would be to write the book in ten chapters––one from the perspective of each of the main characters. This pleased me as a structure nerd, and it allowed me to underline the different ways each character processed the same information and reacted to the same experiences. 

If you know me, you know that The Sound and the Fury is one of my favorite books. I've always wanted to write a novel from multiple points of view, so I was thrilled to have this opportunity, but I couldn't have imagined how challenging it would be to write ten distinct voices in one book. I told Michael and Sophia I almost went crazy during this project––too many voices in my head! But in the end, it was worth it, at least for me. I hope you'll agree!

From the Launch Over website: The TEN film companion novel tells the story of TEN from the perspectives of the ten characters. Each of the ten chapters presents the perspectives, perceptions, and back stories of one of the visitors to Spektor Island. The novel serves to expand the world of TEN and present thematic reinforcement that enhances the TEN experience. 

Book blurb:

Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she's traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.

The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion's wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone--or something--has lied to get them in the house. It's not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted.

Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts. At least, not until the first murder.

What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem.