Monday, February 22, 2016

Interview: On Creative Adaptation

In Beth Barany's weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat on BLAB, she interviewed me about adaptation of creative works into different media.
It was great to have a chance to sit down and think through how many media The Souls of Her Feet has morphed through in its long development. (As the first in a trilogy!)
1Working with it, I feel I should have gained a master's degree in adaptations: the story was been worked through the structures of a graphic novel, an opera, a musical,a screenplay, a blook (blogged book), and an interactive ebook on its way to being published as a novel.
In this interview I talk about the challenges of working cross-platform and the joys of creative exploration, collaboration, and conversation.
I gave away a copy of one of Perfectly Revolting and Beth gave away digital copies of her books to listeners who asked questions.  Thank you, Beth! Great time!

Listen to the Interview

Friday, September 5, 2014

Clowning Around With Cinderella

Last May, Kristen was invited to do a reading at the Literary Foolery Cabaret by Cal Shakes actor/clown Tristan Cunningham.

Needless to say, hilarity ensued.

Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Spring Scrapbook!

The book launched in April, with a foot-pampering party on April 27.

A bouquet to celebrate our successful fundraising campaign

Michael arrived on May 19th for a 3-week writing gig. First thing: rubbing elbows with literati.

 And the writing began! "Teen Pregnancy" on paper.

 Much coffee was consumed. Meetings nearly daily. This is where the new finale, "Step Up" was born!

But mostly, music was written! The wonderful spread of "Truth or Dare Waltz." 

After 3 weeks, we hardly recognize ourselves.  

But we're getting closer to having a show!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cobbler: The Glass Slipper... Yes? YES!


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Volume Nine • May 9, 2013

"This was such a fun read! I just loved it. It's a perfectly unique and modern twist on the Cinderella story..."

One Week to Go....

There are only seven more days before our campaign ends... can you help us reach our goal?

Twenty-six people stand behind Michael and I in achieving our dream of completing our musical. Are you among them? Would you like to be? (YES!)

Blook coverA favorite perk seems to be the paperback version of The Souls of Her Feet—which is getting effusively great reviews so far!

"...One of my favorite escapes as a child was piling into my mother's closet where we stored the sleeping bags and reading my seemingly never-ending book of fairy tales, and Kristen Caven took me right back there. She has the skilled hand that it takes to retell a fairy tale without coming off clichéd or overly sentimental..." 

Of course, you can also just buy the book for your e-reader; that helps us too!  
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"...Strong voice, great characters, and upbeat pacing drive this story through to the very end. I identified so much with the cleaning-as-therapy that Ashley begins..."

And if you've read it, please write a review! Reviews make or break books by indie authors like me.

..."I dearly, dearly love Harry! But my absolute favorite part is the "glass slipper".

Here, let me read you some!

This is the "glass slipper" part J.M. Randolph liked so much in her Goodreads review. I read it at the launch ("lawnch") party.

 Lawnch Party video stillWant to donate now? (YES!) THANK YOU!!!

  • 7 days to $2500
  • My first review!
  • Virtual Reading
  • NEW Music!
  • The Last Queen of Hawaii

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Listen to this beautiful soundtrack Michael whipped up. The song is "A Girl Like Me," the emotional low-point of the play, in which Ashley is wracked with self-doubt. But it ends hopefully note right before intermission, so we want to come back and see what happens!

Listen to A Girl Like Me

Now wouldn't you like to hear someone sing the lyrics?

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As soon as the campaign ends, Michael will get on a train and come out to California, where we will put our heads together and get more songs written!

the last bite

Upcoming Reading! 

K with Julie SilerMay 19, 2013, 2pm
Main Oakland Library

A week from this Sunday I'll be reading (a different part) at the California Writers Club. If you've been wanting to check ME out, check the CLUB out, or see bestselling author JULIA FLYNN SILER speak about The Lost Kingdom, her book about the last queen of Hawaii, please join us!

“…a sweeping tale of tragedy, greed, betrayal, and imperialism. The depth of her research shines through the narrative, and the lush prose and quick pace make for engaging reading.” —Library Journal

More than ever, 
Thanks for reading!!!!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Put your feet together for: The Souls of Her Feet! (Spring Cobbler #3)

What if Cinderella didn't have dainty little feet? What if Cinderella's fairy godmother was... kind of a drag? What if Cinderella actually found her voice?

The Souls of Her Feet launched today!

Friends of the musical (FOTMs), I'm so very excited to invite you to read The Souls of Her Feet on your kindlekobo reader, or iPad! Heck, you can even read it on your computer, no matter what brand!

tsohf-M-promo(Secret hint - ONE of the links above has the price wrong... and if you've got that reader, you can download the book for FREE this week until it is fixed!)

Did you notice there are THREE covers? That's because there are THREE versions. (I can't do anything simply, can I?)

The Souls of Her Feet (a musical cinderella)

tsohf-N-promoIf you enjoyed reading the blook online, you will be delighted to find Ashley's story entwined with the musical-making subplot in a complementary and enticing design

You'll love pushing the buttons to play the songs (all music by Michael O'Dell), watch the videos (including some great new ones), and finding the pop-up surprises.

The Souls of Her Feet (a novel cinderella)

My super-cool editor convinced me to publish a version with just Ashley's story, which she (yay) thought was very strong and wonderful. Lucky thing, because I could only publish the bells-and-whistles version for the iPad. The 'novel' version, very shortly, be available everywhere!
Blook cover
Anyone who donates $20 or more to the musical gets a physical copy of the book—not available anywhere else! Can you pitch in and help us reach our goal of $2,500 in the next 30 days? We're working hard at this! Michael even went out and shoveled snow for donations, god bless him. We need more love!

Here are some of the other perks for the campaign:
- get a free ebook!
- we'll donate 5 pairs of shoes donated in your name
- a shoe on a shirt
- a jingle written JUST FOR YOU
- a magic tchotchky
- the undying love of the creators (you know it's true!)

I priced the ebook low ($2.99 and $5.99) to make it easy for everyone to buy it. I would love to hear your thoughts — please read and write a review! The more ratings the book gets, the better our chances for world domination and all that. I'll be doing lots of book giveaways this month, so let me know if you want to get one for free and I'll try to send word your way.

Thanks for your encouragement toward this very big step! 


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Cobbler - FOTM news

Hooray for our three Prince Charmings, Magic Talisman and Glass Slipper! Are there any Fairy GodWhatevers out there? With your help, we've raised enough with our crowdfunding campaign (donations are now tax-deductible, yay) to fly Michael out here for some serious songwriting. We're still trying to raise $2000 more to record new songs. 

link to indiegogo!

You can still be part of the fantasy! The more supporters we get, the more eligible we'll be for grants when production time comes. Whatever your budget (seriously, NO donation is too small), there is a giving level with fun rewards. One of them is...

teaser coverThe ebook!

It's coming out on April 21st. Yes, you can finally read the story of Ashley, Harry, and Jeff without interruption, on your e-reader. Wherever you are, I hope you can join me for the launch party on April 27! 

The Blook is over and I've got an editor who's an expert on superheros, radicals, girlhood, supervillains, woman in pop culture, and heroes. Plus, I've had so much fun creating the new cover art...this one is a teaser...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Please x3 support the arts!

In spite of all of our wishing and dreaming, the musical has refused to write itself. So the first thing I want to tell you about is our campaign to raise some dough to help us take the next step. This new video tells the whole new wrap-around magic realism story behind the musical - and the forthcoming books and CDs. We are currently trying to raise $2500 to fund a wild writing session in late May and the completion of the score.

Please please please support us in this—you can donate as little as a PENNY (well, a penny plus a story), and get lots of cool thank-you rewards. Won't you be our Prince Charming... or our Fairy GodWhatever? (You could also just go, eeeeeeee!) 

link to indiegogo!

It would be so great if you could share this with your friends (especially poor ones who love fairy tales and rich ones who like to support the arts)!