Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mark of Royalty-- The super secret project

Now to explain to the throngs of people who have been waiting with baited breath to hear about the thrilling escapade I've been involved in.... alright, I know I only have 1 follower at this time, but give me time, I'm just building steam.
Anyway...The Super Secret Project; the event that pushed me to start a blog---I have a book that is being published...Tadaaaa! Pause for applause here. Yes, it's my book, Mark of Royalty, which my sister, Stephonie Williams, co-authored with me, and it's being published by Covenant Communications. The secret project that my sister and I have been working on is a Book Trailer and Music Video which we will use to help promote Mark of Royalty. Of course book trailers aren't that uncommon so Stephonie came up with the idea to do a music video too. (Great Idea!) This project has been in the making for months. First we were blessed to get the oh so talented Kelsey Wheadon who wrote and composed a song based on Mark of Royalty. From there we scouted locations, hired Warren Workman as videographer/director, then scouted for actors. The uber-talented Jaclyn Hales who just got done filming Unicorn City plays our lead character, Sarah Benavente.  Jon Florence (hot, hot, hot) took the lead male role of Alex. And the crowd goes wild....Yes we had a star studded cast.
Amongst our other hard workers, Melaine Mallory headed wardrobe, and Paul Mitchel beauty school handled hair and makeup. Scott Warren was out super camera op, and Eddie Sa'enz and Dora Workman did great photography.
Of course we had a whole work crew there that covered everything from transportation to grips and crafties and everything in-between. So thank you Lily (our super go-to girl), Valynda, Don, Linda, Julie, Ashley, Pete, Paul, Jared, Michael, Sarah, Brittany, Nicole, Rachael, Vicky, Christie, TJ, Rebecca, our many extras, and the guys who showed up with ladders, silks, and bounce boards.
So check out some of the pictures.
Our magnificent Fresian Stallion, Luke.

Our beautiful song artist, Kelsey Wheadon.


Jaclyn Hales as Sarah 


Jon Florence as Alex


TJ Curtis as Chad


  Sarah (Jaclyn Hales) meeting Alex and his horse in the orchard.


Sarah and Alex at the castle


Felicia (Rebecca Batty) and Chad (TJ)


And of course- the authors.
My sister, Stephonie Williams   and     Me, Jennifer K Clark

Okay, I know you are all dying to see more pictures, so I won't keep you from them. Please click on the link and join our facebook page: Mark of Royalty. There you can click on the photos tab and see many, many more pictures taken by Dora Workman and Eddie Saenz from our filming day.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=103614216365146&ref=ts 

If you want to know more about the book: Mark of Royalty,
Click on "Mark of Royalty" under the "My Books" tab in the sidebar.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Little About Me

I am, yet again, stepping out of my comfort zone and tentatively tiptoeing into the world of social networking—something unusual for someone who tends to be antisocial and fights with her computer daily. In my defense, I really think it’s the computer and not the user.

So why did I muster my brave efforts and attempt to start a blog? Because I have so many adventures in my life that I want to share. Right now I am up to my neck in a thrilling escapade which I am dying to share with everyone, but for my first blog, I think I should tell a little about myself for those who don’t know me.

As most people know, I am an author… a storyteller… a writer. I grew up in the small border-mountain town of Monticello Utah and as a child I always dreamed that someday I would become a . . . If you’re thinking ‘author’, you’re wrong. Being an author never crossed my mind. Making me write anything was like pulling teeth, and I didn’t read anything that wasn’t required, and even then I made exceptions.

Nope—I dreamed that someday I would be an Indian and live on the reservation and ride horses. I spent my summers with my best friend running wild around the neighborhood and hiding under old man Bill’s grape vines and making mud pottery which we tried to convince the other kids were Native American artifacts. I stole the Indian Crafts and Lore book from my school library (until guilt made me take it from its secret hiding spot in the sleeping bag cupboard and return it) and I made a full Indian outfit from the feather covered bustle, to the breach cloth, and shaggy dancer’s anklets.

It wasn’t until after my kids were born that I discovered that I had my father’s knack for storytelling. Thus my first novel, Mark of Royalty, was born. Terrified to actually write it all down, I coaxed my sister into being the co-author and she got me through it. Now I’m hooked.

My husband and I and our three kids now live in tiny town of Wellington Utah on our little 10 acre farm complete with The Hidden Forest, The Beach (stream), and the Fairy Grove. We love it here. Besides the normal farm animals we also have our own little petting zoo with several unusual breeds of animals. We’re currently thinking about adding a Zebra. My husband loves to farm, and I love to write. I can spend hours writing and I have just completed my third manuscript.

I’m a little old fashioned which accounts for my technical difficulties with the computer. I like to write with pen and paper and sometimes even get out my feather writing quill and ink well. I like to make my own books, sewing the pages together and bind them by hand. I even make my own wax seals. I play my Indian flute, carve wood, paint, and read everything I can get my hands on. Most of all I love to spend hours deep in my imagination forming the stories I want to tell. I am a storyteller.

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