A Young Adult Historical Mystery-Romance. Murder, Mystery & Music in 17th Century Venice.
A critical analysis of the surviving films of Alice Guy Blaché, the world's first woman filmmaker.
This book celebrates the achievements of Alice Guy Blaché (1873–1968), the first woman motion picture director and producer. From 1896 to 1907, she created films for Gaumont in Paris. In 1907, she moved to the United States and established her own film company, Solax. From 1914 to 1920, Guy Blaché was an independent director for a number of film companies.
This book explores the relationship between 2D and 3D animation, simulation, and live action cinema using the work of Tim Burton as a context. McMahan argues that cinema and animation have always had a different relationship and interdependence than we have supposed and that this relationship can be observed in changes to horror and fantasy film genres as well as changes in the use of special effects.

Alison McMahan is the author of the award-winning Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury, 2002) and The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury, 2005). She writes screenplays, documentaries, (Homunculus Productions) and fiction.

Contact: Alison@HomunculusProds.com

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Thrillerfest is the year conference for the International Thriller Writers Association. It takes place every year in New York City. I attended last year for the first time as a Debut Author with my book The Saffron Crocus, and I was one of nearly two dozen  honored at the Debut Author breakfast, presided over by Steve Berry. This year I attended the breakfast for Debut Authors Kim Alexander, Flynn Berry, Matthew Betley, J.L. Delozier, Lisa Hall, Elena Hartwell, L.S. Hawker, Cheryl Hollon, Karen Katchur, Mark Leggatt, Nina Mansfield, Nadine Nettmann, Michael Ransom, Robert Rapoza, Brendan Rielly, Emily Ross, Nina Sadowsky, Janelle Samara, Amy Stuart, Radha Vatsal and Tim Washburn. In my capacity as organizer of the Fearless Bloggers for ITW (a blog tour for Debut Authors managed by volunteers) I’ve gotten to know some of these fine authors. Keep reading and you will get to know them too.

Thrillerfest is the yearly conference of the International Thriller Writers association. It takes place the second week of July every year; this year it's July 5-9. That includes an FBI workshop, Craftfest, MasterCraft Fest, Pitchfest, and the Thrillerfest Conference itself.

So, this is unusual. Established playwright Elena Hartwell has moved from plays to novels. Mystery novels, of course. Her debut book is One Dead, Two to Go, published in April, 2016 by Camel Press.