With the Sundance Film Festival well underway in beautiful Park City, Utah, the dream of turning The Apology into a feature film has been top of mind for my muse, Emily, and I. As a self-published author, it’s always encouraging to see the work of other indie authors get adapted into a movie. I’m sure we’ll be reading about upcoming book adaptions following this year’s festival, and I know I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what the critics are saying!

Fans of The Apology have told me that it reads like a movie. This has been incredibly inspiring and over the last week I’ve been fortunate enough to share my thoughts on how the film industry has influenced my work as an author:

Eric shooting footage of Mount Fuji in Honshu, Japan

Busy streets in Old Hanoi, Vietnam

Eric and Emily at the Tsukiji fish market in Tsukiji, a district in Tokyo, Japan

Halong Bay, Vietnam

• Writing a Book with a Movie in Mind – When writing a book, it’s common for authors to see their story play out like a movie in their minds. We have our own vision of our characters, the settings in which they live, the tone and timbre of their voices. In many cases, and definitely in mine, the characters become so real that we start to see them as living, breathing human. Sometimes, mine are as real to me as someone walking down the street. Read more about writing a book with a movie in mind on thriller author, Geoffrey Wells’ blog here.

• Author Tip: Be Your Own Location Scout – In my last piece, I talked about how a mainstay of the film industry, the movie trailer, is being adapted by authors as a creative book promotion tool. As authors, that’s not the only strategy we can borrow from Hollywood. While scouting locations from exotic to familiar, brilliant to dingy, lavish to modest is essential for film production, many authors undervalue real world travel and exploration when breathing life into a novel. Read more from my post on Medium.

Check out thriller author Geoffrey Wells’ guest post, Showing is the Cinematography of Fiction, for The Author & The Muse about the cinematic approach he takes to his writing!

Some of my favorite movies have been adapted from books, including The Godfather and Goodfellas. Tell me your favorites in the comments below!