AUDIENCE: Readers age 18-80, Crime, Sci-Fi, readers who enjoy mysteries, mixed genres, nostalgia, futuristic stories
LENGTH: 250-400 pages
In a future where the Unfinished (murdered) are brought back to life for only 72 hours to testify against their killers before being "put down" for eternity... an Unfinished is brought back to life, to what he believes is his moment to put his killer behind bars.
He remembers the final details of his life; his boring job as a mattress salesman, the dame he had high hopes for a future with, and the man who took his life.
Once brought back to life and taken to court, this Unfinished could never have imagined what was waiting for him.
Written in a world that is our future, giving homage to 1940's detective noir stories, the Unfinished serves up a twist ending that will leave you wanting to follow this mug to the bitter end.
"I really liked this story from screenwriter Patrice Williams [Marks]. 'The Unfinished' centers on a man brought back from the dead for 72 hours in order to identify his killer. It's written in a real conversational style, and builds up to a fun, surprising conclusion. I've already said too much." Derek Haas, writer of films 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Chicago Fire
Hi Kickstarter Backers:
My name is Patrice Williams Marks. I'm a screenwriter turned novelist. I'm also an old movie film buff. Perfect day: Curl up on the couch with my dog and a cup of cocoa (or wine), fuzzy blanket and Turner Classic Movies marathon.
The Unfinished was written after I came across a website ran by a Hollywood screenwriter who encourages screenwriters to write short fiction stories.
After reading other short stories on the site I decided to give it a try, step out of my comfort zone, away from screenplays for a bit. I came up with the idea of being brought back to life to tell the world who killed you, a few years back, but didn't do anything with it. This was the perfect opportunity to merge two genres; futuristic and film noir. My character, Donny York speaks as if he's from the 1940's, yet he lives in the year 2232. Donny is an Unfinished; someone who was murdered, then brought back to life for 72 hours.
My story was accepted for publication, I turned the short story into an ebook and here we are. Fans of the book have asked me to continue the story; so I am. The sequel/full novel will be released April 2013.
Where Do You Come In?
Transitioning from an self-published indie writer of short stories to writing a novel that will attract publishing houses, (and savvy readers), takes more than just talent. You must create a first-rate product.
HOW MONEY WILL BE SPENT:
* 10% Goes to Kickstarter/Amazon Payments for hosting this awesome project
* Costs of limited run paperbacks of The UnFinished2
* Will hire a professional editor (Yes, "professional" being the key word)
* Will hire a professional proof-reader (no one like to see typos in a book)
* What's left will be spent on converting Clean Kills and Other Trophies from screenplay form to novel, with a winter 2013 estimated release date
* Bread and water; I gotta eat!
* Remember: It is better to give than to receive
* You're helping an artist achieve her dream
* You're helping someone who helps others
* You're a film noir/hard-boiled/mystery/true crime lover
* You're a dog lover yourself
Risks and challenges
The challenges are many. As the founder of a non-profit organization I work 12-14 hour days to place people in broadcast journalism jobs. The charity takes a lot of time and attention, without paying a salary.
I want to make a living as a novelist, but realize I need to harness the kindness of strangers in order to jump-start this reality.
All funds raised will help me not worry about meeting my release goals, and focus on my writing.
Thank you again for your thoughtful consideration of my project!
Can I just say that you're the bees knees! Thank you so much for the $25 donation! You'll receive three (3) virtual hugs, a digital copy of the book, THE UNFINISHED2, a "thank you" tweet. I'll follow you on twitter and a "thank you" credit on The Unfinished website.
I am BLOWN AWAY by your generosity! Your mother must be very proud! :o) Thank you so much for your $50 donation. You'll receive four (4) virtual hugs, a digital copy of the book, THE UNFINISHED2, a "thank you" tweet. I'll follow you on twitter and a "thank you" credit on The Unfinished website along with a PAPERBACK VERSION of the The Unfinished2.
Your generosity knows no bounds. Do you volunteer at hospitals and pet shelters? I thought so! Thank you so much for your $100 donation. You'll receive five (5) virtual hugs, a digital copy of the book, THE UNFINISHED2, a "thank you" tweet. I'll follow you on twitter and a "thank you" credit on The Unfinished website along with a SIGNED PAPERBACK VERSION of the The Unfinished2 by the author. You'll also be listed as a "backer angel" in the book credits.
Are you serious? You're donating $250 to this project? Mother Teresa would be impressed! Thank you so much, my angel. You'll receive six (6) virtual hugs, a digital copy of the book, a "thank you" tweet. I'll follow you on twitter and a "thank you" credit on The Unfinished website along with a SIGNED PAPERBACK VERSION of THE UNFINISHED2 by the author. You'll be listed as a "backer angel" in the book credits. I'll also send you a digital copy of my next thriller, "CLEAN KILLS AND OTHER TROPHIES," which will be released by winter 2013. (Will deliver this 2nd book winter 2013).