151 Tue August 16 2005 - 03:57:54 Fullname: Yvonne Navarro Email: Comments: Gosh, but the spammers sure are annoying, aren't they? If anyone, such as Bob (with whom I've already corresponded) needs to email me, use von @ (the full website name). I won't post it here on the message board because of spambots that harvest emails. The email is also listed on the website -- either yvonnenavarro. com or webette. net or even the dustystacks. com one, but I don't use active email links.
152 Sun August 07 2005 - 04:39:05 Fullname: Bob Weinberg Email:
R-PWeinberg@msn.com Comments: none of your addresses seem to work for me. Have you gone into hiding? I need to update my site asap as I have three books coming out in the fall, and I must get some advertising on the web page. Help, help!
bob 153 Sun July 31 2005 - 14:09:07 Fullname: Ann Ochse Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: See you in about a week! 154 Sat July 23 2005 - 15:07:22 Fullname: John Dark Email:
email@example.com Comments: Hey Yvonne
I did finish Final Impact and the ending was just perfect. There was really no other way it could have ended and done justice to the story. Final Impact makes The Stand seem just like a bad night out at the club. It was the ultimate disaster. It was a GREAT novel and the best thing is I don't have to ask for a sequel. I've already got a copy of Red Shadows. Reading that is going to be my reward for finishing Blood On Celluloid, my third novel. I grabbed a copy of Final Impact because I just had to take a break from months of research reading and the only author I know of who writes novels that are consistantly entertaining is somebody named Yvonne Navarro. Any profits I make from BOC will go to ECPAT International. It's a worthy charity and since John Dark does so many bad things in the fictional universe I figure he should do something decent in this one. I'm looking forward to finishing BOC so I can sink my teeth into Red Shadows. I'm ready to see what the Earth looks like 20 years after the rock fell. I want to see what that plague is they talked about on the back cover. Soon, soon, but not soon enough. Actually, I want to ask a bunch of questions about Red Shadows before I read it but I will resist that impulse. I'll find out as I go through it.
PS-If you ever do retire from fiction writing and start teaching how to create these great stories I want to reserve a place in line. It'd be like learning Martial Arts from Bruce Lee, without getting kicked upside the head. 155 Tue July 19 2005 - 04:25:16 Fullname: Yvonne Navarro Email: Comments: Shiai -- I've never tried a movie script... I don't think. I might have vague nightmares about a couple of pages. I did try a treatment (and John will like this) of Final Impact, this at the urging of Jay Bonansinga. Despite Jay's solid attempts at encouraging and teaching me (several drafts turned over to him [he has a film degree from Columbia] and returned to me with the note, "Uh... we have to talk."), it just didn't fly. I just think in way too much detail for a film maker. I, of course (not being biased or bubble-headed at all) sincerely believe I have several novels that would make spectacular movies. ::ahem::
John -- Thanks for all your very nice words about Final Impact. I'm glad you're enjoying it. That one took awhile to read and entailed the help of a doctorate student in physics, Rich Marrassas, without whose help the novel wouldn't exist. When I write, I don't think I actually see the screen or the words or the room I'm in. I see the scene and the people in my head. Perhaps writing is just a way to legitimitize hallucinations. :) Anyway, when you're finished with Final Impact, you can continue the story twenty years later in Red Shadows.
Just got back from Necon in RI. Would have had a glorious time except for catching some sort of viciously painful stomach bug, which has apparently caused its misery and moved on as of yesterday late morning (figures -- that's when when had to leave to go home!). Thunderstorms everywhere delayed flights, and we finally got home last night at 1 a.m.... sans luggage, which didn't make the 15-minute timeframe/connection in O'Hare Airport. I'm sure driving it down from Phoenix Airport to Sierra Vista (3 hours) is not a high priority. ::sigh::
Not bad here, more monsoon storms. When we got to Phoenix on Weds. night at around 6 p.m. it was 115 degrees. When we left the motel for the airport at 5:15 a.m., it was already 98. Gotta love Arizona!
156 Sun July 17 2005 - 17:48:05 Fullname: John Dark Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Hey Yvonne
Can I borrow your brain for a little while??? I've been reading Final Impact and it's amazing. I got to figure out how you do this stuff. You create people that are more real than some of the characters that are walking around in my neighborhood. (I do believe some of the people around here have jumped out of a bad pulp novel.)
I absolutely love Final Impact. I'm at the part just before "The Birth Of The DarkZone" which means they'll be walking down my block any day now. I can't stop myself from checking out the names of the coming sections.
Anybody reading this this is a command GET FINAL IMPACT!!!
You'll forever be sorry if you don't. I've never read anything where there is as wide a cast of characters where you really get to know and get attached to the good guys and the bad guys are really sickening creeps. Unfortunately the bad guys are reallistic too.
And the disaster, it's too big to even classify it as of biblical proportions. It's big. Really, really BIG!
I don't want to go on because I may give out some plot points. Just thanks for writing this book. It is incredible.
JD 157 Fri July 15 2005 - 06:00:56 Fullname: Shiai Email:
email@example.com Comments: Von, you've done a few film-to-book adaptations...have you ever tried your hand yourself at a movie script? Or have you ever written a story with the intentional idea of perhaps shopping it around later as a possible movie? 158 Tue July 12 2005 - 04:12:19 Fullname: Yvonne Navarro Email: Comments: I don't rewrite, but I am just awful (or way too good?) at spotting errors, be it in grammar, punctuation or typos. I've found errors in everything from fiction and science books (such as one of the "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About..." books), to textbooks and page-a-day calendars. It's very jarring. Of course, I never claimed to be able to spot my OWN errors. For those, I have convenient blind spots. ::ack::
159 Tue July 12 2005 - 03:15:57 Fullname: Shiai Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: *sigh* Well, so much for crowding out the spammers. :P
Here's another question for you, Von: When you read a book, are you able to simply enjoy it for what it is, or as a Professional Writer, do you sometimes find yourself mentally rewriting parts when you think you could do it better? Are you able to separate your two halves, or do they merge from time to time? 160 Wed July 06 2005 - 00:54:53 Fullname: Yvonne Navarro Email: Comments:
Hi Shiai! Gosh, thank you for your questions. The spammers have been pestering me to death lately!
To answer the first question, the editors usually approach me, sometimes on the recommendation of an editor I've worked with previously, or on the recommendation of an author who knows me and thinks I might be interested (and who either doesn't want to do the project his- or herself or has too many deadlines to do so). Right now I'm kind of taking the summer off from writing (on most stuff, anyway). My Mom passed away in May the day before my birthday, so it's been a difficult time since then. Things are starting to sort out there, and I also want to finish unpacking and organizing a lot of books, etc. here at the house, things that have been waiting all the way back to our move in November.
As to the second question-- oh, definitely. One thing comes to mind right off the bat: Blade Trinity. I desperately wanted that one but alas, it was not to be. I also tried for Species 3 (no matter what folks think of the movie, I know I could have made a good book out of it), but the people who were doing the movie apparently just weren't interested in book format. We asked but couldn't even get them to send a copy of the script. Oh well. And, of course, there are whole bunches of other things that were novelized that I never had a crack at but would have drooled all over a contract had it [they] come my way! I haven't actively sought any novelizations on my own since the failed Babylon 5: River of Souls (and my slight inquiry about Blade Trinity). I've been thinking that when this place is organized, I'm going to start working on Red City, the sequel to AfterAge, which is going back to my original writing.
161 Tue July 05 2005 - 03:13:24 Fullname: Shiai Email:
email@example.com Comments: OK, does it seem as if there has been more spamming to this site than actual Von-related postings? I think it's time we changed that.
So, let me start with a question: Yvonne, when you do a project like the HELLBOY or ELEKTRA novelizations, are those things which you hear about and then pursue yourself, or does your editor usually come to you and suggest you for the job? And has there ever been such a project that you really wanted to do, but it went to someone else instead?
Well, OK...I guess that was two questions. :P 162 Sat June 11 2005 - 03:41:34 Fullname: Yvonne Email: Comments: Someone in California CLEARLY needs to be supervising Mr. Weston this weekend, since I have to hold down the home fort. Any takers?
just wanted to remind those of you in Southern California that I'll be in the area this weekend. Called my First Annual Mexican Elvis Magical Mystery Tour, I'll start at Dark Delicacies in Burbank on Saturday and end at a signing sponsored by Bad Moon Books at a Mexican Elvis Lounge in Garden Grove on Sunday. Details and directions can be found here--> http://www.livejournal.com/users/westonochse/2005/05/15/
Looking forward to seeing you. Drinks during and afterward. Elvis glasses optional.
164 Sat June 04 2005 - 19:14:26 Fullname: Yvonne Navarro Email: Comments: Hi everyone. The web site is back up, with a little bit of updating here and there. It's a quiet time right now. The link called "What's New" will tell you just that.
165 Tue May 24 2005 - 01:34:04 Fullname: Yvonne Email: Comments: And I see the nice people here at Horror World have removed it (the tacky advertisement). Thanks much.