I have decided that my post this month will be on the use of media. I worked in television for more than two decades, and now as a writer of novels I have a craving to also share the visual experience with my readers. To that end, I go to many of the locations in my book and shoot the locations, talk to experts and basically produce a news package that helps the viewer drill down deeper into the novel. In the electronic version of the book, it is called an “enhanced e book” and I was one of the first authors to have video links in a novel.
Recently, I decided to take the visual experience to the next level and cut a movie-type trailer for my book The Stolen Chalice. I shot much of the video on location and then cut it into a fast paced one minute video. (see below) I would love comments on what you think about this approach to bringing a visual experience to a print product. Some say that the video takes away the imagination of picturing the scenes in your mind. I think that it stimulates the visual sense – a sort of appetizer for the main meal, which is the novel itself.