Monday, June 20, 2016

In the film racket, "stupid" and "hopeful" probably look the same from a distance.

What do I mean by that?  I guess what I mean is that most writers know getting his/her work made into a film is a long shot.  Such a long shot that putting any time or energy into it probably seems ... well ... stupid.  And yet writers do it all the time.  Are we stupid?  Hopeful?  Both?

Example:  A few months ago I put the scripts for all five issues of my creator-owned comic Sally of the Wasteland into a single file and then dumped that file into Final Draft  the popular "industry standard" screenwriting program.  I would like to say that the program instantly transformed the comic book scripts into a film screenplay, but that would be a whopper of a lie.  Still, if you squinted just right, the document did look a tiny bit screenplay-ish.  I spent some time (time I should have been spending on other projects ... because I'm stupid and hopeful) hammering the thing into shape, making it look less like a comic book script and more like a screenplay. 

It worked.  After all my efforts, I sat back and looked at what I'd done.  A 90 page feature screenplay.  Cool.  So .... now what?

At the time of writing this blog post, three of my novels are currently under option.   I'm grateful for this, but all of these projects are happening "way over there" and I don't really feel connected to them at all.  I'm keen to be hands on, so maybe Sally is my chance.  Maybe.  Who knows?

I hooked up with a like-minded fellow (I won't out him here in case he does not want to be thought of as stupid and hopeful) who liked the script and did a break down.  We've discussed casting and funding and all that.  It's all in the very early stages.  As a comic, we billed Sally as "B-movie" and "grindhouse" and I'd love to approach the film version the same way.  This could all end up being a stupid waste of time, but if I shunned everything difficult or unlikely, I'd never get anywhere.  I guess that's the point.  Hey, Gischler, you're wasting your time.  Yeah?  You might be right. I think I'm going to hit my head against this brick wall anyway.

In the meantime, Sally of the Wasteland still exists as a graphic novel.  Check it out HERE.

Friday, June 3, 2016

This is how I pay the bills.

So in order to pay the mortgage, I feel obligated to harass you fine people every now and then into spending some money.  I've been mostly pimping my fantasy trilogy recently since that's my latest thing, but just to mix it up, let's reach into the bag of forgotten stuff.

My first novel was Gun Monkeys, and it was nominated for an Edgar Award.  After being published by the fine folks at UglyTown, Bantam Dell picked up mass market and eBook rights.  I found out recently that the book has finally earned out after a 39 dollar check arrived in the mail.  BIG BUCKS.  So if you want to see the book that got me started, well, have a look maybe.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


It's been a little over a week since A Painted Goddess was published, completing the epic fantasy trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin, the story of young Rina Veraiin who is gifted with magical tattoos that give her extraordinary powers.  Three novels full of magic, sword stabbings and steamy romantical whatnot.  Check out the trilogy HERE.

The feedback has been awesome so far, and I am hugely grateful to all my readers.  You guys rock and/or roll.

This is the part of the process where I come to you hat in hand and ask, "If you really liked the books, please consider writing a short honest review."  And I hope you do.  Reviews help authors.  You don't have to do this.  Obviously.  That you read the books is already pretty cool.  So I wouldn't put you on the spot to do more.  But if you felt like leaving a review ...

And a few quick updates:  For those asking if I will return to the world of Helva for more books, yes, I'd love to.  I have PLENTY of ideas.  It just depends on how well this trilogy sells.  Ink Mage sold very, very well.  We're waiting to see if the other two books catch up.  Fingers crossed.  For those asking about a paperback version of A Painted Goddess, the answer is yes.  It's coming in March.  Audio book?  Yes, that's on the way too.

I've enjoyed writing these books immensely.  Again, thanks for reading.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A FIRE BENEATH THE SKIN ... almost finished!

A PAINTED GODDESS hits Kindles Tuesday, January 19, meaning the epic adventure that began with INK MAGE will reach it's exciting conclusion.  Keep in mind, A Fire Beneath the Skin is a trilogy, yes three novels but all one big story.  So if you're not a reader yet then get started HERE with book one.  If you're already caught up with the first two books, then it's time to order A PAINTED GODDESS!

As a writer, it has been a long time dream for me to write a fantasy trilogy.  I'm glad I was able to finally achieve this ambition, and Ink Mage is my most read novel. Readers are still steadily ordering the sequel and pre-ordering the final book.  I'm hugely grateful to all of you out there.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Gischler year in review ... and looking ahead to 2016

It was a busy year.

I published 3 novels this year, and it would have been 4 but the pub date was pushed back to January.

Thomas Dunne published my thriller STAY which has also been optioned for TV by CBS.  Exciting yes, but one never knows what will happen with such things, so don't wait for the TV series.  Buy the book!

47North published THE TATTOOED DUCHESS which is the second book in my fantasy trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin.  As an adolescent when I was first thinking how cool it would be to be a writer, fantasy was what I wanted to write.  I'm grateful for the chance to bring that dream to reality, and I'm grateful to readers who seem to enjoy the books ... so far.  The 3rd book hits in a few short weeks.  Here is the nifty cover:

The most "Victor Gischler-ish" novel published this year was GESTAPO MARS.  The brave people at Titan put this one out and came up with a swanky cover:

I never really expect to be included on "best of the year" lists, but it was nice to be included HERE and HERE.

And for my comic book work, it was nice to be mentioned HERE.

I've also finished my run as writer for season 10 of Dark Horse's Angel & Faith comic.  At the time of writing this blog post, there are still a few issues to be released, but the scripting is all done.  It was a hell of a ride, and I feel honored to have contributed a small part to Whedon's Buffyverse.

There's a lot more, but the above represent the 2015 highlights.

So .... 2016.

It's going to be another busy year.  Another thriller for Thomas Dunne and the Gestapo Mars sequel for Titan.  Also a few issues of THIS.

And yes, I have a fairly boring new year's resolution.  Somehow I got tricked into running a 5k in April.  (Long story.)  A 5k is not a big deal, but I'm using it as an excuse to "train" meaning I'm trying to trim a few pounds off my fat ass.  A fairly standard and not very interesting new year's resolution.

Which is why I'd rather talk about New Year's WISHES instead of New Year's resolutions.  My wishes:

1. I'd like to be involved with a film project.  Yes, I've had novels optioned, but I want to be hands on and involved.  I've recently written a screenplay draft of my comic Sally of the Wasteland and I'm working with a fellow who does visual effects and we think since the book always had a grindhouse, B-movie vibe anyway, we could do it cheaply and still have a fun good-looking project.  Anyone out there have an extra million bucks?  We'll settle for 500,000.

2. I'd like to write more fantasy.  I'd like to return to the world of A Fire Beneath the Skin, but I have other ideas set in other worlds too.  Now we just need to sell a million copies to show the publisher this is a good idea.  Uh ... you have yours, right?  CLICK.

3. Creator-owned comics.  I'm at various stages with a couple artists on some different projects.  I'd love to find a good publishing home for each.

Okay ... so what about you guys?  Any new year's wishes?