By The Staff
Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated: August 29, 8:00 am)
Lynn Tincher started her first novel 16 times.
Afterthoughts, a novel by local author Lynn Tincher (above), will soon be made into a TV pilot and perhaps even a series.
It eventually turned into the first novel in a series of three, with a fourth in the works. And now, the book that took 16 tries to get written is slated to be made into a TV pilot.
The psychological thriller Afterthoughts has been picked up by Tilted Pictures of Los Angeles for the filming of a pilot episode in 2014.
“I always wanted to write the book. It was a dream that I had,” Tincher said. “I just felt like I needed to write it out. And I wanted something to put in my kids’ hands so they could be proud of their mom.”
Tincher, an Oldham County native and OCHS alum, never gave up on the book, going back to start writing it again and again, over the course of several years. When she finally finished the book, she sent it out to publishers and agents.
“I received several hundred rejection letters,” Tincher said. “But 23 agents contacted me to give me advice on the book, which is actually a pretty good response.”
Tincher never gave up on her dream of being a published author. After seeking advice from a noted expert on self-publishing, Tincher published the book herself in 2007, and was soon picked up by Blackwyrm Fiction of Louisville.
Other novels followed and soon the Prospect woman had a fan base. A local production company approached Tincher with the idea of turning her novel into a movie or TV show.
“When I got the call, my first thought was ‘This is bogus. This can’t be real,’” Tincher said.
And although that initial contact didn’t pan out, Tincher started thinking about the prospect of transforming her novel into a screenplay and contacted an old friend, Peyton Skelton, also an Oldham County native. Skelton went to school to study photo journalism and made his way to Hollywood where he worked with a number of notable stars on various projects. In 2002, he began work as the chief as the chief lighting tech on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy. After seven seasons with the show, Skelton now serves as the Director of Photography, and works independently on other projects including a web series and an indie feature about the south. He will serve as the director and executive producer of the pilot of Afterthoughts.
“It’s all very surreal,” Tincher said. “I never thought any of this would have happened.”
Tincher has been traveling to promote her novels and the upcoming TV pilot, and will soon travel to Los Angeles be a part of the filming process, beginning with the screenplay.
“I’ve written a screenplay, but now it will be handed over to screenplay writers,” Tincher said. “I have full trust in them, but after having so much control over my work for so long, it is a little nerve-racking and terrifying to hand it over to someone else.”
But Tincher is willing to do “whatever it takes” to contribute to the success of the pilot episode. She has signed on as the creator/writer and executive producer, although admittedly she’s not sure what that entails.
“I’m such a newbie at all this,’ Tincher said. “When they asked me for a treatment, I had no idea what they wanted. It’s just a 3-5 page synopsis; that I can handle. I’m learning as I go.”
Tincher said the goal would be to film the pilot and then shop it around to networks until it got picked up. The “big idea” is that each book in her series would be written and filmed as a full season of TV shows.
“Even if it never takes off as a TV show, it means so much to me that someone else believed in the story,” Tincher said. “I’ll still have that sense of fulfillment knowing that I accomplished something. I actually wrote a book. That’s the main thing. All the rest is icing on the cake.”
Tincher is writing the fourth book in her Mind Bending series, and is working on a new series of books aimed at younger adults called the Winberry Journals.
Her books are available at a few local bookstores, including Karen’s Book Barn in La Grange, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in eBook editions, and through her website, www.lynntincher.com, where autographed copies can be purchased.
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