History of the webisodes
I first wrote a series of webisodes to precede The Timer Game, (published in 2008). Those can be found by going to www.thetimergame.com. They tell a story about the main characters in the novel, five years before that thriller opens.
The Timer Game Webisodes
The Timer Game has a set of 22 short webisodes, directed by Kai Soremekun, introducing the thriller and ending in a cliff-hanger that’s paid off in the book.
Warning: webisode 19 is R-rated
Out at Night Webisodes
This second thriller, Out at Night, takes place only a day and a half after the first thriller closes. They are stand-alone books; you don’t need to read The Timer Game first to enjoy them. But having the books back-to-back did pose an interesting challenge when it came time to create a new set of webisodes. I realized I could “tell the story” between the pages—bits of story that weren’t directly covered at the end of The Timer Game novel, and still set up this second thriller.
Out at Night deals with terrorism, a real and present danger to us all. But it also deals with the deep issue of forgiveness: how do we get it, how is it given—what’s the cost. That’s why you’ll be seeing snips of what looks like terrorists getting ready for something, in addition to episodes of therapy.
I do need to warn you that episode 19 of Out at Night is R-rated, so if that’s a concern to you, please skip over it.
One interesting thing, actually, maybe a couple: The first set of webisodes (for The Timer Game), are pulling traffic from all over the world. That never never stops surprising me. Soon, I’ll have a way to check traffic on this new set and I’ll let you know how they’re doing.
The other thing is this: Kai Soremekun and I created the first set of webisodes in 2007 for The Timer Game. (She was the co-producer/director for those). We were already airing episode number 20 on U-Tube and on my web site, when Kai pointed out to me an article in Variety. It seems author Robin Cook, Michael Eisner and Putnam, Robin’s publishing house. . . were announcing a new partnership to create. . .ta dah, drum roll please: a long series of webisodes. . .promoting his novel. “Brand new idea, never tried”, I think is pretty close to the way the article was worded.
So. Life still makes me smile. It’s possible The Timer Game webisodes were the first long series connected to the promotion of a novel.
Here, now is the second set, (directed this time by Robert Salerno, edited by Pat Allen).