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JMB: For me it was cutting down on the dialogue. I'm a story writer thus used to describing everything in great detail so the readers can picture what is going on. A screenplay is completely opposite.
Q: Describe your adaptation process.
JMB: I never attempted writing a screenplay up to that point but felt my book would make a very entertaining piece. I knew I could not guess at the process so looked in the trade paper to find a writer who could teach me how to adapt my book into a screenplay. We met, conversed and agreed upon dates and times to work together on it. It took 2 hours almost every Sunday for 5 months to complete.
Q; Were there significant story changes you had to make from novel to script?
JMB: Yes, added 1 major character and changed the flow of the story to make it more enticing for film.
Q: How personal is Lisa's story to you?
JMB: Writers are instructed to write what they know. Remembering the writing process for the book 50% is/was from my personal experience. The remaining 50% is from pieces of my life but embellished for entertainment purposes.
Q: How different would the novel and screenplay be if you had written it before being married and having children?
JMB: Completely, I'm sure :)
Q; What prompted you to turn the novel into a script?
JMB: I work part-time as an actor and noticed how there were so many remakes over the last few years, not enough films that a large percentage of the population can actually relate to, etc. I simply felt that a film like this would be highly entertaining and possibly help others to not make the same mistakes as Lisa to avoid so much struggle in life. We are only here once.
Q: What are some of your favorite novels and screenplays?
JMB: The genre is nothing close to what I write but I love the writer Dean Koontz, his Odd Thomas series any many more titles. Screenplays - wow that is a tough one - there are too many. Spur of the moment these come to mind - Something's Gotta Give, Forrest Gump, The Godfather...there is too many to list, honestly.
Q; If "Dead Weight" was filmed, how do you envision it (look, tone, actors, etc.)?
JMB: The look is throughout different decades which includes flashbacks and somewhat complicated. However, we believe it has the film noir essence. I have a list of actors in mind and in the process of contacting their agents. For the main characters; Lisa-Cameron Diaz or Reese Witherspoon, Dave-Patrick Dempsey.
Excerpts from Housewife Blues... and Dead Weight © J.M. Boch