This week I'm bring another blog tour to you all. I had the opportunity to read The Perfect Tear, by Connie Lansberg. Her book is currently in the process of being made into a movie slated to be released sometime in 2017, so it was very exciting to get to read this story first, and also to have a chance to talk to the author herself.
1.) When you started writing The Perfect Tear, did you have a clear idea of the story you wanted to tell, or did it change throughout the process?
I started with a screenplay, and because I wan’t sure of what I was doing to begin with, the story morphed and changed dramatically. There are only four characters left from the original idea. From movie to book, the story expanded which was a lot of fun. I hadn’t expected to write a book and so I was very pleased that I enjoyed the whole process so much.
2.) Do you like to fill out detailed character outlines before you start, or do you get to know your characters as you go?
I found something that asked 50 questions about your characters and that turned out to be very helpful. Movies are visual. So any physical representation of a character trait is useful. In the book of course, we can get inside their heads so full characterisation is a little easier.
3.) Can you share with us some details about your characters that you don't reveal in the stories? (For example favorite color, favorite food, what sort of music they might listen to if they lived in our present day world, etc.)
My story is set in a past time, probably England, so there are none of the distractions of modern day life. I think their life style is pretty simple. And in this story, they have to survive the slow destruction of the world around them. You’ll find out in the next story that Rosamar is a brilliant seamstress, taught by her grandmother. And maybe, that Audrey hates having red hair!
4.) If you could chose to spend the day with one of your characters which one would it be and where would you go?
Tsera, of course. I would love to see her world and fly in an orb. We’ll meet Tsera in her world in the next book.
5.) With plans for a movie underway, how involved are you in the different aspects of the film? (Screenplay, selection of actors, etc.)
It’s my job to write the screenplay. Unless I can wrangle a producer credit, I doubt I have any say in anything at all. That’s the way it goes with movies. Maybe you could help. I think Harry Styles should play Prince Edward! Let’s spread the word. I would also love Elle Fanning to play Eleanor. Eleanor will need a great actress to play her to be able to bring out all the subtleties of that character.
Title: The Perfect Tear
By: Connie Lansberg
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Summary from Amazon.com:
Eleanor is a singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her, a grey mist descends and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is thrust into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned. Set against a backdrop of abandonment, loss and betrayal, she must find her way through strange and dangerous landscapes in her desperate search for the Perfect Tear, a dark crystal which holds the future of her world. But, Eleanor is no savior. She is a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of song must connect to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.
Lerion forced his lips into a smile and nodded politely in an effort to feign interest in the creations of his fellow novices. Their excited chatter and heightened energy pulsed the length of the room. They seemed foolish to him, but he managed to conceal his disdain. Social transparency in his society was the norm, but hiding his feelings from the collective was something he excelled at. It was his secret talent. Today however, he struggled to maintain a pleasant countenance.
The novices were allowed to see their competition for only a few moments and Lerion extended his glance the length of the narrow corridor again. He had to be certain he would win. Only the best young designers were invited to enter the Creation Contest, and then, only once. Lerion knew this was his only chance to achieve his dream, and he forced himself to scan the room once more. He was searching for any design that might pose a threat, but after another quick reconnaissance, nothing he saw gave him cause for concern. He took a quick, shuddering breath and lifted his chin. Why had he been so nervous?
He felt his energy uncoil and his step became light. He'd worked for this opportunity almost from the day his two co-creators sung him into being - he deserved to win.
Lerion clenched his jaw. The arrogance of his desire was not lost on him. The Creation Contest was much more than a matter of whose design was the most innovative or which novice showed the most initiative. The winning design had to uphold and even surpass the standards of creation set by the Ancient Ones. It had to enhance the evolution of their society as a whole. Had he achieved that?
He stopped in front of a nine-dimensional hologram and pretended to be intrigued with the design, while he slyly studied its creator, a feminine-biased novice named Lalycri. The energy emanating from her shimmered against his outer layer and he involuntarily vibrated in response. Her eyes lit up and he swallowed hard. Her animated smile caused her nose to crinkle and her energy swelled in gentle waves. It undulated softly through him. He felt himself surrender to the pleasure of it and immediately blocked its flow. He would not allow himself to respond. This was not the time to reveal his attraction to her, and he nodded curtly. He had to admit, he found Lalycri appealing and she peaked his curiosity. On any other day, he might have encouraged her, but this kind of personal chemistry often led to a desire to co-create and he was not about to break the rules. Not today, anyway.
Novices were forbidden to form creative partnerships of any kind. Only those having twelve activated strands of DNA were allowed the privilege of co-creation. Lerion sighed. He had activated only seven strands of the twelve that lay within each of his cells. More than all the other novices, but still, not enough.
Determined to ignore her vibrant energy, Lerion gave Lalycri a small nod. He leaned in and studied the extremely unusual construct while she beamed at him. He couldn’t work out what its purpose must be, and he stiffened. It had never occurred to him Lalcyri might be competition. How had she managed such a complicated design?
He made sure to keep his voice polite rather than accusatory. "I had no idea you'd been selected."
Lalycri tilted her head and her smiled faltered. "Well, I was."
Her tone had a sharp edge and he realized he had insulted her. "Certainly. I'm not surprised."
"You sound surprised." Lalycri's voice was stern but the twinkle returned to her eyes. "I'm grateful for the honor. It's definitely the most daring design I've produced so far." She lowered her lashes an her mouth grew firm. "I would give anything to win. I long to pit myself against Tsera."
Her words came fast and her voice had a ferocious quality that startled him. Lerion blinked and looked sharply at her. They all wanted the honor of winning. However, it had not occurred to him there might be others who desired to win as much as he did. Nobody could want this as much as he did. His every cell informed him being Main Creator was his destiny, and the idea she could snatch it from him was ludicrous.
He felt his vibration quicker, but Lalycri did not seem to notice the change in his demeanor. She smiled brightly, as if she had not just made a startling admission, and began to prattle without taking a breath.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project, Alone with Bees, performs her songs written especially for The Perfect Tear. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming.
She also received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne and later, worked extensively with Marcy Kennedy on the book. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished by 2016.
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I’m not unique or different–I’m exactly like you and I love that.
We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”
In 2017, Little Studio Films, is planning to release "The Perfect Tear" as a feature length film. Be on the look out for this incredible story to hit the big screens! For more information check out:
Little Studio Films: http://littlestudiofilms.com/perfect-tear/
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*Hosts were provided with a copy of the book for review purposes in exchange for their honest reviews and opinions.*