The optioning of Paint the Wind for the movies has caused me to be reminded very hauntingly of my mother. I should tell you, I think, that although my mother’s name was Kate, the family called her Manu, because it meant Giver of the Law in Hindi – she was a formidable force of nature, in any language. What has brought her so clearly to my mind today, is the fact that she loved two things passionately (besides her family)… books and politics. To explain just how much she loved politics, I should tell you that in her last illness, when we all thought she lay in a hopeless coma, she suddenly rose up in her bed and said quite lucidly, “I wish to enquire about the State of the Union.” Continue reading “The Haunting of the Heart” »
Dear Readers, here’s the list of casting suggestions submitted so far. It’s amazing how many people suggested the same names…and equally amazing that many people offered the same names, but for differing roles? Thanks for all your terrific inspirations … I can only hope Hollywood will be this creative. It’s such fun to dream, isn’t it?. Continue reading “Virtual Casting Call, so far…” »
The Indians say a story stalks a writer. Watches, waits to see if you’re worthy of telling it. Then it comes to live in your heart for a time, and it’s your responsibility to work very hard and learn enough to give the story the voice it deserves. If you fail to do the legwork, the story will never give you its truthful ending… I wonder if that’s why so many books enthrall us til the end, and then they let us down?
Paint the Wind not only lived in my heart every moment of the five years of writing and researching it exacted of me, it has never left me for a moment since. The story stalked me, leading me to many extraordinary learnings and expansions of the spirit -how to handle a six-shooter – guns, Apache medicine ways, silver mining, ritual magic – just a few of them. Its characters moved permanently into my heart, where they remain almost as family members, to this day. Continue reading “Paint the Wind…a Virtual Casting Call” »