I am handing over the blog to author, Tony Forder today as he discusses the book turned TV series, Bosch …
Anyone who enjoys reading novels by Michael Connelly will have been thrilled in recent years to have seen Harry Bosch take to the screen for the first time. Titus Welliver (below) has done a great job making Bosch come alive in our homes, and it has been a thrill seeing all of the great Harry Bosch series’ characters step off the page so vividly. Even the city of Los Angeles has become a character of sorts.
Amazon have done an amazing job with all three seasons of Bosch. It helps, of course, to have the author himself as a hands-on producer. I suspect he will have played a huge role in selecting the novels to use for these shows. Each season has neatly stitched together storylines from two or three books, and the results are seamless.
Michael Connelly (above) has sold over 58 million books worldwide. Just pause a moment to think about that – 58 million books. Not quite so astonishing if you are a fan, however, because if you are then you can see why people can’t wait for his next offering. The quality of his work, his plotting, detail and characterisation, are a joy to behold.
This summer, Connelly introduces us to a new lead character, in Renee Ballard, a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD. The Late Show is the first of two Connelly novels due this year, the second of which is Two Kinds of Truth, which sees the second novel in which Harry Bosch spends his time working as a volunteer cop working cold cases for the San Fernando police.
One can only hope that Ballard is another of those Connelly creations who get under your skin in the same way that Mickey Haller, Jack McEvoy, Rachel Walling and Terry McCaleb have done over the years – especially those who have featured as the lead character. At some point we may even see a crossover featuring Bosch, Haller and Ballard (I’m sure the author will already have given that possibility some thought).
Meanwhile, whilst the written version of Bosch is nearing the end of his career, the screen version is in rude health. Season 4 can’t come soon enough. I do have one query though, Mr Connelly: what became of Harry’s tache when he hit our screens?
Thank you for the opportunity of appearing as a guest blogger, Emma.
Thank you for this, Tony!
What are your thoughts on books taking to the big screen, either as movies or TV shows? Which do you prefer from those which have already been adapted – the book or the show? Do you think it makes a difference if the author is, or isn’t, involved in the adaptation?
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Have a great day,
About Tony …
On 1st February 2017, Tony signed to Bloodhound Books, who published his new edgy crime thriller Bad to the Bone on Saturday 29 April. It features DI James Bliss and DC Penny Chandler, and is the first in a series.
Later in 2017, Tony’s first novel, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, will also be published by Bloodhound Books.
Tony Forder has been writing stories since childhood, but it was only when he won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books, that he realised he might actually be half decent at this writing business.
The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale.
During a book singing for Dark Voices 2, Tony was seated next to author Brian Lumley. At one point, Tony revealed to Brian that he felt out of place alongside all the proper writers. Brian then told Tony something he has never forgotten: “The moment you sat down and pulled a story out of your imagination and put it to paper, you became a proper writer.”
Subsequently, Tony began to focus on novel writing. He admits that his initial attempts were exploratory and somewhat derivative, although there was some interest from an agent – who oddly enough turned out to be Brian Lumley’s wife, Dorothy.
Tony wrote Degrees of Darkness, which he was happy with. He wasn’t so happy with a follow-up, so that never saw the light of day.
As a part-time writer with a full-time job, plus some ill-health, life got in the way and, although Tony continued writing, it took a back seat to making a living.
This year, however, Tony has been inspired by new ideas, and has been working hard on two new books, at least one of which will be completed in 2017. In the meantime, he hopes you enjoy Bad to the Bone.