Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sara Nickerson's "The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me"

Sara Nickerson began her professional writing career working in television and film. Her second novel, The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me, was inspired by her very first job: picking berries on a small blueberry farm in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons, two cats and one brave Chihuahau.

Here Nickerson shares some ideas about adapting The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me for the big screen:
I come from a TV/Film background, so you’d think this would be easy. My first novel, How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, was a story I’d originally written as a screenplay, and I was always casting it in my head. This one, though, was different, and I couldn’t quite envision it on the big screen. Then, a couple months ago I was walking my dog and it came to me: Hayao Miyazaki.

In Miyazaki’s hands, The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me would be a magically animated film. The novel does have several magical elements, but they are very much grounded in reality. Miyazaki’s film would take away that grounding and set all that glorious magic free. The plants would really talk. We could go inside the world of those purposeful marching bugs. Every trip to the wooden outhouse would involve a battle scene between the kids and the giant swarming flies. The hidden Little Field would be a vision of luscious color and magical creatures. Even the feuding farmers would have a slightly different edge – human and familiar, yet somehow from an alternate world. And when Missy, the main character, puts on her 3-D glasses, well – how perfect would that be?
Visit Sara Nickerson's website.

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