A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
Growing up, my passion for films always rivalled my love of books. As a teen I was obsessed with mob movies like Goodfellas, The Godfather 1 and 2 (not three, obviously), and Casino. Around the time I started writing the Blood for Blood trilogy in earnest, the stars aligned when we, the people, were gifted with Peaky Blinders and Cillian Murphy’s obscenely perfect face (praise be unto Netflix).
When I started writing Vendetta, I wanted to create a story reminiscent of my favourite movies, an almost filmic experience, where chapters read like scenes, and explosive twists kept a tight place all the way through. I wanted to bring the criminal underworld to the YA audience in the most visual way possible. The resulting trilogy is often described as Romeo and Juliet meets the Godfather (huzzah!)
At YALC this past summer, I led a workshop called ‘From Screen to Page’, exploring how the former can inspire the latter. How examining why you feel a certain way about a movie, a character in a film or a setting (and why you root for certain journeys the way you do), can inspire new depth in your own written story. Here are some gratuitous visuals that can encourage this symbiotic process, featuring films that inspire my own writing.
(bonus shout-out to Shadow from Homeward Bound, the most charismatic golden retriever to ever grace this earth)
The opening scene from Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds is an absolute masterclass in villainy.
Punch in the heart, anyone?!
This movie moment in Pocahontas struck with me so deeply as a child it ended up inspiring the most climatic scene in Vendetta:
As did this one in Mafiosa:
(Fratricide aside, isn’t Scar so charismatic?!)