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Offline canadian

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Writing in the genes?
« on: March 18, 2007, 05:53:41 AM »
Mar 18, 2007 04:30 AM

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.–Joe Hill knew it was only a matter of time before one of the publishing industry's hottest little secrets became common knowledge. He just wished he could have kept it under wraps a bit longer.

But when Hill's fantasy-tinged thriller, Heart-Shaped Box, came out last month, it was inevitable that all would be revealed. After 10 years of writing short stories under his pen name, the world now views him through a different prism – as the older son of Stephen King.

Hill, 34, said his secret identity allowed him to avoid trading on the family name and "let me make my mistakes in private."

Heart-Shaped Box is a fast-paced tale of another man with dual identities. Judas Coyne, born Justin Cowzynski, is an over-the-hill heavy metal rocker who acquires a haunted suit. But Coyne learns that the suit's occupant is a spooky spiritualist bent on vengeance.

The book has drawn good reviews and Warner Bros. snapped up movie rights months before the book hit stores.

Associated Press
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Re: Writing in the genes?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 11:35:52 AM »
I remember coming across those haunted clothes in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

I wonder if Warner Bros would have signed up film rights if The Heart-Shaped Box hadn't been written by a King. Good luck to him, we all need an angle! And the richer the publishers get, the more spare cash they have to take chances on us!

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Re: Writing in the genes?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2007, 04:40:20 PM »
Having an uber famous father was never going to harm his chances of getting published, and good luck to him. I wonder if the two of them see eye to eye on writing, or whether they argue at family gatherings about the use of adverbs and speech tags, etc. :grin:

BTW, it turns out  Daphne du Maurier's daughter lives about 200 yards down the road from me. I've been saying hello to her for years, never knowing she had a famous author for a mother, and I only discovered the truth because of a village quiz night last Saturday, where one of the questions was, who wrote the novel behind Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds? When the answers were read out, the announcer stated that putting 'mum' as the answer was not sufficiently detailed :grin:
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Re: Writing in the genes?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2007, 05:42:59 PM »
BTW, it turns out  Daphne du Maurier's daughter lives about 200 yards down the road from me. I've been saying hello to her for years, never knowing she had a famous author for a mother, and I only discovered the truth because of a village quiz night last Saturday, where one of the questions was, who wrote the novel behind Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds? When the answers were read out, the announcer stated that putting 'mum' as the answer was not sufficiently detailed :grin:

I read this out loud to my mrs who thought it hilarious. My copy of The Birds - a tatty penguin version - is signed by your neighbour's mum  :grin:  in about mid 1960s when she did signings at the Cheltenham Festival.

Geoff

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Re: Writing in the genes?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2007, 02:25:11 AM »
I've met quite a few VIPkinder, following in famous footsteps. Sure, some merely cash in on well known names and powerful family connections. Others have huge talent and succeed in spite of their parent/s rather than because of them. And -- as we all know -- many turn out to be even bigger talents than their mommas and poppas. Long live the Kings. Cheers. Neil

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