I’ve been out and about in Warwick and the Cotswold hills with my film-maker daughter Abigail, having great fun as Abigail puts together a book trailer for my romantic suspense novel Mystical Circles.
As I’ve watched our actors follow Abigail’s directions and play my characters, my story has come alive in a new way. I’ve been reminded of the reason why I wrote the novel in the first place; the events in my own life that provided inspiration.
We’ve been filming in a setting that could be Craig’s sixteenth century farmhouse in that Cotswolds valley – HQ of the New Age spiritual group Wheel of Love. So much so, that when you see it, you’ll believe you are there.
As I watch our actress, I feel what it’s like to be 22-year-old Zoe, who’s not long out of university, and believes she’s found paradise. What more could she want in this life than a vocation, a loving partner, a spiritual philosophy, and on top of that, a beautiful place to live in?
Zoe determines to stay there for ever; and sends an excited email to her sensible older sister Juliet. No sooner has freelance journalist Juliet received the email than she drops everything, jumps into her car in London, and drives up to Gloucestershire to investigate, thus setting the whole story in motion.
This is the perfect time of year to be shooting the book trailer. The story takes place in the month of June.
We’ve just filmed Craig and Zoe together, and we still need to film Juliet and Zoe arguing with each other.
The actors are having fun with this, and so are we!
And I’m delighted with the positive response from so many people involved in our project, some have made locations available to us, others have volunteered their acting skills, and one has even provided a high resolution video camera. It is their good will which is making this book trailer possible.
Here are a couple of shots to whet your appetite for the book trailer.
I hope it will appears on my You Tube channel in the next couple of weeks.
Watch out for the link to it on this blog!