I’ve started work on the page proofs for the Aussie release of book 5, Kiss of Death. However, I decided to spend this blog talking about the storyboard for The Killing Hands book trailer…I mean, you guys don’t need to know if there was a typo on page 54 of my page proofs, now do you?!

I’ve gotta say, it was pretty exciting when I saw an email with two attachments – one PDF file and a QuickTime file titled “storyboard”. Of course, my natural reaction was to madly click on the QuickTime file, but I read the email, which recommended opening and reading the PDF script first. And I actually managed to resist. I mean, authors hate it when readers skip to the last page (yes, don’t even think about it!).

The script looked good and then it was time for the main event. I double-clicked and waited impatiently for the file to open, fingers twitching and leaning closer and closer to the screen. My trigger finger was on the mouse, ready to click Play. It was described in the email as a rough, to give me an idea of pace and concepts. What was I about to see?

Music started. Drums. Then words: “In Kung Fu they call them the Ten Killing Hands.” Cut to flashes of an anatomy diagram and the ten strikes, all hitting the screen in time with the music. Then more of the story…“When a victim is found with his throat ripped out, FBI profiler knows she’s dealing with a skilled killer….”

Okay, I’ve just told you the first 15 seconds of the 30-second clip, so I’m going to shut up now before I give away the rest. It may be the bare bones, but those bones are looking good.

Next week I’ll get the first cut of the full book trailer. Then I’ll be posting it everywhere – on my site, Facebook, Twitter, Crimespace, YouTube. Not to mention convincing all my friends, family and hopefully readers to do the same.

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