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it’s all for you, Michael Wincott

January 6th, 2011 by
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I’m still taking questions about Ascend that I will answer on Friday. But I’m answering one now – Ascend will be out on Kindle and Nook before paperback. I will publish them both at the same time, and they should go on sale about roughly the same time. (With Letters to Elise, I think Nook beat Kindle by about two hours.) 

As some of you may know (or may not), the character of Oren in the Trylle Trilogy was written specifically for Michael Wincott. I’m not saying the trilogy will ever be made into movies – because honestly, I really don’t have much control over that.

But I have been a die hard Michael Wincott fans for years. Ever since I saw Robin Hood: Prince of Theives when I was seven (and subsequently became unnaturally obsessed with Bryan Adams), I said to myself, “That Michael Wincott is for me.” And he is.

Unfortunately, the film industry does not seem to feel the same way as me, and Michael Wincott’s gravelly voice has been absent from the silver screen for far too long. So I decided to do my part, however small it might be, to bring Michael Wincott back.

Hence, the character of Oren. And you may say, “But Oren isn’t really a nice guy. If you love Michael Wincott so much, why didn’t you make a character for him the hero of the story?” Because that’s not how Michael Wincott works. He’s awesome because he does evil so well.

If you’re unfamiliar with Michael Wincott, here’s a scene of him from The Crow. (Warning: This scene does contain some adult language, including the F-bomb twice).

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  • Laurel says:

    I wasn’t sure if my post would lead you to my email address, Amanda, but here it is:

  • Laurel says:

    Well, Amanda — if you still read this bog — it seems a lot of water passed under the bridge since you wrote this, and you HAVE sold your trilogy to the movies, and probably have quite a bit of clout now. (It’s a remarkable story and I’ve passed it along to a lot of my writer friends.)

    I have a friend, Laura, who maintains the only real fansite for Michael Wincott and I think you need to chat with her! (And vice versa: I have given her your name and links to your sites.) I’m a big fan of Michael Wincott as well, but Laura is the UBER-FAN and knows him personally, and I’ve love to link you guys up.

    Just for the record: Michael HAS played a nice guy a few times. I think you’d enjoy the film “Gunshy” which also stars William Petersen (CSI) and Diane Lane (Secretariat). It’s his largest role (as an adult) and he’s very charming in this film, a good guy (basically) and he gets a nice romance in it as well. (Hair not long, unfortunately, but you can’t have it all.)

    I agree his voice would be pretty wonderful for a troll!

    I’ll also try to see that both Laura and Michael can read your Trylle series, though I myself have not (having just heard of you today in’s Laura Miller column, where she gave you a nice review).

    I wish you luck in casting Michael in this part! His fans would dearly love to see him in a big role. He hasn’t worked a great deal lately, but he WAS in a film called What Just Happened with Robert De Niro about a two years back, and about 4-5 years ago, a western called Seraphim Falls with Liam Neeson. If you have not seen those, you might wish to check them out.

  • Jenna says:

    I F*cking LOVE Michael Wincott!!! Yay, you for trying to bring him back!!!

    I thought he was awesome in The Three Musketeers, too. But he’s my favorite in The Crow!

  • Ty Johnston says:

    Oh, I fell in love with Wincott when he played Rouchefort in The Three Musketeers. Not sure what he’s been up to lately, but I fear Hollywood has shunned him for his … well, basically his anti-Hollywood attitude. But he’s still a great actor, and a solid fencer in a real life.

  • Ginny says:

    My first Michael Wincott movie encounter was when he played Paul Rothchild in the Doors…then him in The Crow. Loved both. He’s grrrreat; can totally picture him as Oren. 🙂

  • E.J. Wesley says:

    “But why a spoon, Cousin?”



  • kris10inger says:

    “The Crow” Awesome!! I fell in love with Brandon Lee when I saw it :} I was 12 when it came out and my mother flipped when I told her I wanted to see it, so I had to wait 4 years to watch it and I fell instantly in love with Brandon Lee. Its weird that led to my love of Sting the wrestler :}

  • “The Crow” is a great movie. My roommate Eric insists it’s horrible, but he’s wrong. Dead wrong.

    @Val I’m lol’ing at your Bryan Adams poster.

  • That happened to me too. With Brian Adams. I even had a poster.