September 8, 2015
EIGHTH WONDER: THE THOMAS BETHUNE STORY, PRESALES OCTOBER 14, 2015. A true story of a slave born blind and feeble who began playing Mozart at 3.
September 7, 2015
September 1, 2015
The turnout at the newly remodeled Renton Holiday Inn was absolutely incredible at the premier of “I Will Never Breath The Same As Yesterday,” the self-published novel of first-time author Stacey Willis, where I was invited as the celebrity guest speaker. I shared my writing experiences as a former L.A. Times journalist, my experiences in Hollywood, getting my start by Producing B-movies to writing for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and “Meet the Browns,” as well as my upcoming t.v. shows “A Different Kind of Family” and the one hour drama “Boyz N Blue.” In addition, I explained how I came to discover the genius slave prodigy and classical pianist Thomas Bethune while researching prodigies for my thesis in graduate school.
I signed stacks upon stacks of excerpts of EIGHTH WONDER. The hotel room was packed to capacity! The photo below was taken before the start.
I want to thank you Stacy Willis for inviting me out to speak. Thank you to Eugene Sarigumba, the cinematographer for the event. Thank you to the WONDERFULmusicians, led by Eldgridge. It was an extremely classy and wonderful affair.
A great launching pad for the novel EIGHTH WONDER. I will be attending additional excerpt signings in the Seattle area, at bookstores, the Fairmont hotel downtown, and a few coffee shops over the next few months. I am grateful to my birth city for all your support!
Here’s the trailer from my first and last mutlimillion dollar scary movie as a Producer.
September 1, 2015
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Hello, historical fiction fans. EIGHTH WONDER: THE THOMAS BETHUNE STORY is officially in the copy editing stage. It’s three weeks away from completion. From there, I begin the process of building a website and deciding whether to self-publish or go the traditional publishing route. I’m strongly leaning toward self-publishing.
This is my debut novel and the writing process has been a long, sometimes intimidating journey. But I’ve been committed to bringing the incredible story of the blind slave, Thomas Bethune, known throughout the world as “Blind Tom” to the page.
Born blind and feeble, left in a sweltering smokehouse for dead, Thomas began playing Mozart at the age of three. His story, as seen through the eyes of the master who saved him, is a gripping, inspirational, and intriguing 19th century tale.
I hope you enjoy the read, and appreciate the great effort I put into sharing his captivating story with you. Like many authors, it’s been a labor of love.
The book will be out in February 2016. I’m excited, nervous, and proud to share the story of Thomas Bethune with the world.