Spreading love

Spreading love

Monday, September 18, 2017

Olympic Blues

I always wanted to write a book mixing romance and sports involving the Olympics.
That's where A Sporting Life came in: chronicling the lives of three couples whose lives revolved around either the Summer or Winter Olympics.

Here's a quick summation on A Sporting Life
Blurb
        The road to a championship can be difficult. A Sporting Life shares the details of four athletes chasing medals and love. 
        -Sparks fly between unlikely medalist candidates Robin Friesz and Inga Johan in Curling Up
        -Damian Stone's dream of a medal is paved with uncertainty after the breakup of his girlfriend, Candi Lee Stanton in A Perfect Combination
        -Adam Roussel is torn between playing on the France basketball team, his girlfriend Aimee Charpentier and pursuing a NBA dream in Gold Hoops.
Available paperback or digital, with Amazon.com, Kobo.com and Barnes and Noble.com among the places where its sold.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Finding closure!

On vacation last week, I took the time to glance through old files.

One of the things I discovered: my first E-book published in 2008, How to Cure a Cajun Cold, was scheduled for print release in 2012. The unlikely storybook romance of a doctor and writer: Arnaz Booker and Isis Rogers, who met at a pre-medical institute in 1990.

Well, the print book never came to fruition and I decided to make it happen. I reworked Cajun Cold and added the third book of the College Love 101 trilogy, Back in Love Again. My reason was skipping the sequel, Catching a Cuban Curveball, didn't fit. The only thing in Book 2 would've worked was a wedding and I didn't need that scene.

I planned a fourth and final e-book in the series, Final Exam,  about Arnaz and Isis' son, Quentin Booker chasing a pro baseball career and romance with an older woman in his team's organization. Isis' reaction provided the emotional arc I needed to finish the book and remade into Lost in Your Eyes.

Available e-book or print, here's a buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548934798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500267671&sr=8-1&keywords=kt+bishop

Thanks for taking the time to read my blogpost/KT BISHOP

Monday, April 17, 2017

Joining a Revolution!

The journey to screenwriting success is paved with several roadblocks.  Some promising. Some an ode to nowhere.

For an opportunity to gain exposure, I've joined an organization called Script Revolution. With over 600 members and 1,232 scripts downloaded, creator CJ Walley gives us aspiring screenwriters a chance for success.

Recently, a member had his script optioned. Pete Barry wrote Marian for Sony, which will star Margot Robbie.  

Praying I'm next to get optioned. Benjamin Mehr, who owns Grand Production Films in Baltimore, just downloaded my screenplay Put to Bed. Mehr is a member of Script Revolution.

Not sure what to make of it. In the unpredictable world of screenwriting, it may lead someplace. It may need nowhere.

When something opens up, I'll create a website exclusively for my movies.

Until Next time

Friday, October 14, 2016

We're not in Hazzard County anymore!

The transition from book writing to screenwriting has taken an interesting turn.

Monday, I attended my first-ever Film Festival, the CineFlix Festival, held in D'Iberville, Mississippi.
Actor/Director John Schneider, as part of John Schneider Studios, ran the four-day event of diverse movies and documentaries.
Before I go on, yes that John Schneider, best known as Bo Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard TV series (I didn't bring it up to show my age. Plus, I heard he's grown tired to being referred to the old 80's show).
I mainly used the festival as a learning experience to seek out advice from John about the film business.
At the same time, I met another filmmaker/artist named Trent Dion Soto. I also picked his brain about making films.
Their advice was simple: write and get a film made by someone who's done movies before.
Wish me luck in the next step.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Instant Replay

Good morning!
          Words can't describe when the Cannes Latitude Film Festival informed me yesterday that my short screenplay, Instant Replay, was selected.
           Still, I've got a long way to go. I hadn't reached the semifinal or final stages. But to reach this point, I must've pleased the judges and beat out 300 other people in the event.
           Instant Replay, the story of Ryan Walton losing his mother to cancer. His ex-girlfriend Carrie Ann Remick, attends the funeral. They get together and think about reuniting.
           What's scarier: since I submitted Instant Replay, I've constantly worked on it. The current version is better than the contest entry.
           I'll present both versions to a producer since my foot's now in the door.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Looking back: two teachers provided inspiration

Forty years ago, my first-grade teacher, Rosemary Cherry, placed high expectations on me. When one can speed read at age three, those things happen. She always knew what buttons to push and kept me in line when I didn't act right.
No teacher came close during the rest of my days at Cottondale Elementary. My grades were okay, but those teachers couldn't reach me.
Until my junior year at Holt High 30 years ago. Up to that point, I was inconsistent through junior high and two years of high school.
I signed up for a class called Speech Communications,  taught by Gail Cates.  The year-long class was a mixture of making a newspaper, making speeches, broadcast TV, school, newspaper, advertising and acting.
The year was a turning point for me. I decided to major in journalism. Under Cates, I found out writing was my true passion.
I've won countless awards as a newspaper reporter, written 36 E-Books and four printed books.
I can't imagine my success without the impact these two teachers had on me.
Cherry and Cates each have dedications in my print books, but their value to me is much more.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Weighing success

Good Morning!
As a longtime sports journalist, I have always used athletics as a measuring stick in the working world.
Professional boxing, a sport I covered at the Biloxi Sun Herald from 1992 until 2014, is the perfect way to illustrate my successes.

Here are my levels represented by weight classes:
Lightweight
My greatest success as a sports writer. I was a major part of a Pulitzer prize winning newspaper in 2006 for the newspaper's coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Recently received an Outstanding Sports Supporter award from the Gulfport Sports Hall of Fame, honoring my 25 years of community service.
Welterweight
Moved up a division as a successful free-lance writer for magazines Alabama West, Crimson and Black Voices. No awards, but was in demand for two decades (1992-2007).
Junior Middleweight
Decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing Electronic Books in 2008. Wrote 36 original E-books for three different publications. Fifteen were Top 10 best-sellers at Red Rose Publishing and four Top 10 at ARE.com.
Middleweight
Made the transition with four Print books. Still a work in progress.
Light Heavyweight
Screenwritng is my greatest challenge. Million-to-one odds of making it as a screenwriter. Sent four screenplays for submission. May take several years to get a break. An empty space on my shelf is reserved for this.

Happy summer, everyone.
KT BISHOP