I am so excited to learn that 20th Century Fox is making one of my favorite books, LIFE OF PI into a movie. Yann Martel’s adventure is the tale of a young boy cast adrift with a tiger. What an impossible premise. What an incredible, magical reading ride.
Editors are often leary of impossible premises. I had an editor tell me once that the pub board loved one of my stories, but they just couldn’t believe the premise. Funny thing is, I took the story idea from newspaper headlines, it wasn’t even that impossible. Go figure.
Some of the most successful stories out there are created from the combination of impossible premises. For example, my friend and author Leanna Ellis combines Amish and Vampires to create her Plain Fear Series. An impossible fantastical, paranormal premise that sweeps readers into an incredible story.
In the new book I’m working, I’m taking a risk. I’m lacing together two unlikely historical events (think Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer crazy) to create an even more impossible premise and I’m having so much FUN. Can’t wait for you to read it.
Do you have an impossible story in you? Take a risk and write it. It may just be the next best selling Life of Pi.
P.S. Leanna Ellis has generously agreed to give away one copy of her new book Forbidden that comes out Wednesday. Leave a comment for a chance to win.