Kate has graciously invited me to write this letter to you regarding "The Ice Hotel," the fantasy YA novel I wrote in memory of a friend who was taken too soon...
In fall 2008, something happened, which changed my life, as well as the lives of many other people I knew. For many of us, it began with a phone call. Some of us were driving in traffic, some were at home, others were out in the city easing into a Saturday night adventure. When the phone call came, it sounded different for each person, but the message was always the same: He’s gone.
In one night, we’d all lost a bright spirit who was only 31 years old. He was a brother, a son, a friend. And we’d never see him again.
After that night, I often found myself in conversation with friends who were stunned by the premature and shocking loss of someone so young. There were common stories of feeling haunted by our friend, in a good way, of course. One person saw him walking down the street. Another person saw him waiting tables. I, myself, woke up at 3am and saw him in a cooking show on my TV.
Within 10 days of that phone call, I began to write. And within 3 months, I’d completed the first draft of a fantasy YA novel called "The Ice Hotel". Fast-forward a few years and the book is on Amazon.com -- but it is also now beingadapted to screen by2011 Oscar-nominated screenwriters, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson - (THE FIGHTER - best original screenplay).
While the adaptation has already begun, the book needs help to get further out into the world...
Why, you might ask?
As a debut, self-published, fantasy YA novel, "The Ice Hotel" has made all of its progress, including attracting the attention of Oscar-nominated screenwriters, and establishing a gallery of"fans with THE ICE HOTEL" photosvia word of mouth. It has not had the help that any book backed by a major publisher would have in terms of marketing and publicity.
I am thrilled that the story of the McGarity family's Arctic adventure is already on its way to the big screen; however it was created first – as a book. And as the typically long process of book to film adaptation proceeds (many films can take 5 to 10 years or more), my great hope is that "The Ice Hotel" reaches as many people as possible in its original form.
Please visit this page, which raises funds forthe book’s marketing campaign - It ends on June 16th and seeks funds to promote the book via print ads, twitter, live events, gifting of the book to reading/writing-oriented non profits and libraries, and more... Even if you cannot pledge to the campaign, please consider sending this letter to others… other fantasy YA readers… others who have experienced the loss of a loved one, and who may connect to a story, which strives, through fantasy adventure, to make sense of this kind of loss.
Marketing campaign for “THE ICE HOTEL” by mc foley