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WonderCon 2016: Romance in Sci-Fi and Fantasy – Panel Coverage

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WonderCon 2016: Romance in Sci-Fi and Fantasy – Panel Coverage

James Ganiere (Chief Editor, Fallen Angel Press; CEO-Rio Vista Universal) moderated the Saturday afternoon WonderCon panel, “Romance in Sci-Fi and Fantasy,” which assembled actress Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Star Trek Continues), writer Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, President of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapter), writer Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Star Raiders), and actor James Kyson (Heroes, Nobility). Unfortunately, actress Mira Furlan was unable to attend due to being on a shoot. Why a romance panel? Romance sells well; at least 50% of the books sold are romance, and romance is a critical component of any story told.

After introductions, Edgley explained that romance reveals the soft side of characters and builds an investment by the audience for those characters. In particular, it is important to show heart before going into battle, for instance. Building on common ground is crucial for creating interspecies relationships according to Rebehak Ganiere. James Ganiere said she brought up a good point: keeping romance alive when there’s distance between the two characters. Edgley explained it is not necessary to show everything; in other words, don’t need to be gratuitous. Rebekah Ganiere agreed. She doesn’t write graphic detail, so her kids can read her books. Kyson said he couldn’t have a long-distance relationship; he explained he recently got married, but he did research about living in space for an extended period of time. He joked that the long-distance phone charges would be outrageous.

James Ganiere asked the panelists how they create authentic romance. Rebehak Ganiere did research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and artificial limbs and then, after writing her story, she engaged beta readers. James Ganiere said that, as a producer, he has to gauge how honest he can be with writers. Part of the authenticity includes break-ups and broken relationships. Per Rebehak Ganiere, romance can and should have bumps along the way, but all romances have to have a happy ending or a happy ending for a time.

Role reversal was the next topic. Kyson indicated that traditional love doesn’t really exist today; love needs to reflect real life. Rebehak Ganiere writes strong female characters; however, she says she runs the risk of having a weak male as a result, which could be very bad for the story. Edgley said strong relationships of love include mother/daughter ones too, such as in Nexus.

Rebehak Ganiere shared insight into her writing process. She constantly writes because she gets inspiration from everywhere. As a result, she writes down ideas all of the time and typically has 65 ideas brewing. For her, she explained, that she has to develop good outlines.

In closing, James Ganiere advised that to write with authenticity, don’t write you what you think will sell, write what you know.

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*Panel Photo by Michele Brittany

James Ganiere – From Business to Entertainment

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splash-magazines-logoJames Ganiere, a once successful businessman dealing with banking, financing, construction and real estate has now turned to his other talents of being involved within the entertainment world as he is the host of the new series Back from the Dead and Reel Hollywood, both of which are airing on the Interfusion TV network.

Having attended USC film school and graduated, James would have to put aside his passion for film andentertainment to provide his fast growing family with a stable income, but it wasn’t long until James felt the need to give his masked talents a call back.

“I knew I would someday come back to the business of filmmaking and television, but I didn’t know when until just a few years ago,” said Ganiere. He soon formed a Los Angeles-based production company, Rio Vista Universal, and commenced

James Ganiere

James Ganiere

developing the series Back from the Dead. The series features people who have had near death experiences after being declared dead.

“These are all true-life accounts based upon medical records, doctors, news reports and the individuals themselves as they tell us what happened when they died and how they came back to life,” stated James.

The inspiration for the series is solidly based on James’s childhood experience when his younger brother tragically died at age 2, leaving James to contemplate what happens to people after their death. He says, “It’s a question that many today are asking and through this show, we hope to raise the question, give insight and answers from some of those who have lived through near-death experiences.”

Aside from hosting the dramatic revivals of Back from the DeadJames is also the host of his show biz news program Reel Hollywood where he gets to sit down and interview the top names in theentertainment industry airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

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USA Today Must See Trailers

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Must-see book trailers: ‘Just a Kiss,’ ‘My Soul Immortal,’ ‘Red The Were Hunter’

Holy smokes — this week was chockfull of amazing videos, and the last is so, so good. The trailer for Rebekah Ganiere‘s Red The Were Hunter is sexy and epic in its delivery, with a sweeping soundtrack and Hollywood-style imagery. Take a look and then add it to your TBR like I did.

(If you can’t see the video here, you can watch it on YouTube.)

If you have a book trailer that you would like for me to feature in this column, send the link to Any subgenre is fine as long as it is a romance!


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Scriptapalooza winner Ken Kemp explains how his pilot plucked the prize

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Examiner“Attaché”. The term may evoke cinematic images of FBI agents traipsing through foreign lands, Sean Connerylike, Bluetooths in their dental caps* and gorgeous women at their sides.

All of this is a fairly safe bet when you’re getting ready to read theScriptapalooza Television award-winning pilot from writer-director Ken Kemp. At once fresh and fun, “Attaché“‘s “Forward Lateral” also demands a level of intelligence from its audience as it entertains.

This Examiner grew up in the same small California town as the scriptwriter, Livermore, even graduating from high school the same year. His dad was a noted

Kenneth Kemp

Kenneth Kemp

orthodontist; my mom a popular elementary school teacher. It was a pastoral and safe environment, even with its proximity to a certain world-famous nuclear laboratory.

After hearing he’d won the coveted Scriptapalooza prize, announced Feb. 13, I e-mailed Kemp some questions.

Following is an edited transcript of our online conversation.

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AFM Briefs: Olga Kurylenko To Lead Horror ‘Mara’; Shoreline Snags ‘The Shift’; Films Distribution Inks Ozon’s ‘The New Girlfriend’; Kiwi Everest Docu ‘Beyond The Edge’ Sells Int’l; More

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Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion) has signed on to supernatural horror pic Mara, from Room 101, Mann Made Films, The Solution Entertainment Group, and Synchronicity Entertainment. Clive Tonge is directing in his feature debut. Pic riffs on the mythology and true phenomena of sleep paralysis aka sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome, with Kurylenko playing a criminal psychologist investigating the murder of a man seemingly strangled in his sleep by his wife. She uncovers a mystery surrounding an ancient demon who kills people in their sleep and must save herself and the dead man’s young daughter from becoming the next victims. Solution’s Myles Nestel is producing with Room 101′s microbudget horror guru Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) and Mann Made Films’ Scott Mann and James Edward Barker. Kurylenko is repped by CAA and Tavistock Wood.

Shoreline Entertainment has picked up worldwide sales rights to medical drama The Shift, starring Danny Glover, Leo Oliva, and Casey Fitzgerald. It tells the true story of a young male nurse (Oliva) who struggles with whether doctors, nurses, and families should let long-suffering patients live in pain or allow them to die in peace. Star Oliva also wrote and produced The Shift for his Oliva Productions and M.A.D. Elephant Inc., based on his own experiences as an emergency room nurse. Filming took place at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. Shoreline’s Director of Acquisitions Melody Djavaldi and Melanie DiPietro CEO of M.A.D. Elephant negotiated the deal.

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