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Award-Winning Florida Screenwriter Joins Faculty of Florida WritersCon

Altamonte Springs, Florida, October 28th-30th – Florida WritersCon is the premier event for Florida writers, editors, and everything in between. New writers to bestsellers can find their next creative breakthrough and industry connections at Florida WritersCon 2022 through seminars from award-winning children’s authors, successful screenwriters, and acclaimed poets. This year, award-winning author and screenwriter Jaimie Engle has joined the faculty to teach her workshop on Book to Film, where she will share best practices to adaptations for both mediums. The con will be held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs located at 350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, Florida, from October 28th – October 30th, 2022. 

“As co-chair of the 2022 Florida WritersCon, it is my pleasure to welcome Jaimie as a presenter for her workshop Book to Film,” shared Paul Lasevoli, Director of the Florida Writers Association. “We are thrilled that Jaimie will be a part of our workshops scheduled for Saturday, October 29, and so proud to host an event that has attracted so much talent.”   

After an online live class on screenwriting, Jaimie wrote and submitted two scripts in February 2021 to True Brand Entertainment, who made an offer to buy one of her submitted screenplays. That contract was signed in June 2022 with production slated to begin late this year. A distribution deal is in place through the UpTV Faith & Family Network and Jaimie is writing the novel adaptation, which she sold to Vinspire Publishing for a 2023 release.

“It’s been my dream to publish books and write movies. When I was a little girl, I wrote tons of short stories and the dialogue to my favorite movies!” said Engle, who published eleven books and has optioned seven film scripts. “With my background as a novelist, I’m excited to be able to share the adaptation process of books and screenplays with fellow Florida writers.”

Engle sold the book rights to Vinspire Publishing for a 2023 novel release, which you can learn more about via the publisher’s website www.vinspirepublishing.com or through Engle’s website. To learn more about the Florida WritersCon, visit https://www.floridawriters.org/florida-writerscon for a weekend jam packed with networking opportunities, workshops, awards, book signings, a Youth Summit, and more!

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How I Sold My Script to Hollywood

I’ve wanted to be in the movies since I was seven. In fact, I walked on camera at my first birthday party for the first time. After several pitfalls and over two decades, I learned to adapt, pivot, and eventually actualize my dream to become a professional screenwriter… and you can too!

In this video, I share my story in as candid a way as possible, to the local filmmakers of the Brevard Film & Talent Group. I hope you find some truth, inspiration, and actionable ideas from watching it. Please follow me and on all social sites @jaimieenglewrites. Surf my website for books, news, and merch (www.JaimieEngle.com).

We are all on this creative journey. Let’s learn to encourage, inspire, and support one another. Can’t wait to see all you do!

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Jaimie Engle at PalmCon Comic Con

Panels, Signings, Photo Ops with Award-Winning Writer Jaimie Engle

West Palm Beach, FL, September 17th – PalmCon boasts Palm Beach County’s original comic con, welcoming many artists, celebrities, creators, and fans including the creative team behind “The 9 Circles” written by Jaimie Engle with art by KoolasHeck (published by Blood Moon Comics, LLC). In addition to having a booth space where fans can buy comics, meet the team, and take a photograph with a six-foot cutout of the main character, Simeon, Engle will be on a panel titled “Enter the Writer’s Room” from 12-12:45pm in Panel Room B1 joined by Steve Altier and Heidi A. Heiss. The convention will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 17th, from 9am-6pm at 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Engle writes for tv, film, books, and comics giving her a wide spectrum perspective to share with inspiring writers. Her newest non-fiction book “You Can Write a Comic” launched on Amazon in August 2022 as a companion to her popular session on how to write a comic book.

“I’ve been writing and teaching professionally since 2010,” shared Engle, who published her first novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light in 2012. “Since then, I’ve published 11 books, optioned 3 tv shows, sold 1 feature film script, and had the pleasure of speaking to tens of thousands of students about writing through the public school and library systems.”

“The 9 Circles” comic was first adapted from a short story in Engle’s collection titled “The Toilet Papers” after she adapted it into a script for television first. The script caught the eye of the producer of “Thinner” and “The Stand” who is currently seeking funding for the project. Engle reached out to the artist known as KoolasHeck, who is a Sketchcard Illustrator for Upper Deck/Marvel Comics and an illustrator, writer, and executive producer on multiple comic series.

“I am so excited to be a guest at PalmCon!” shared Koolasheck, who began drawing at a young age. “Plus, I can’t wait for everyone to see how Jaimie and I finished up The 9 Circles mini-series, as all three issues will be available.”

Engle and KoolasHeck will be signing books, selling merch, and giving away swag as they interact with fans all weekend! Order your comic through your favorite Local Comic Shop or via the publisher at www.bloodmooncomicsllc.com! For more info, visit https://palmcon.net or to request images, email publicity@thewriteengle.com.

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PRE-ORDER NOW!

MY NEXT COMIC!!

Gaijin in Tokyo, an Usher of the Dead one shot

This story was so fun to write. It originated from a short story I wrote in Tokyo, Japan in 1999. I was asked to write a one shot featuring Sariel from “Usher of the Dead” and I knew exactly what I would write, weaving the short story with this new mythology. Can’t wait for this release!!

An American Gaijin in 1999 Tokyo discovers her Japanese neighbor has just murdered her husband. And she’s not surprised. His temper mixed with her subservience was a surefire imbalance destined for disaster. But Sariel, the Usher of the Dead ,who orchestrates these life transitions, may find the strings of the living are being pulled by an ancient spirit.

Written by Jaimie Engle

Art by Koolasheck

Based off characters created by Keith Rommel

Published by Blood Moon Comics, LLC

Click on the image below to PREORDER NOW!!

Here’s the original short story, “Hiromi’s Escape” written in 1999.

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Launch Party, Issue 2 “The 9 Circles”

We are throwing another party!!

Wednesday, August 10th from 3pm-6pm, come hang with us at FAMOUS FACES AND FUNNIES off New Haven in West Melbourne. Koolasheck will join me and we will be selling/signing copies of issue 2 in our limited series comic book THE 9 CIRCLES. And don’t worry, we will have issue 1 copies available too.

Not local? No problem! Hit up your local comic book shop and ask them to carry THE 9 CIRCLES by publisher BLOOD MOON COMICS. You can also reach out to the publisher directly and order online.

Let us know if you’re coming by pre-registering via Facebook HERE! We can’t wait to share what happens next to Simeon, Jed, and the whole gang of THE 9 CIRCLES. (P.S…. the story has some pretty big film news to announce very soon. Be sure to follow the blog or via social media so you don’t miss it!)

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The Comic Team Behind “The 9 Circles” at Tampa Bay Comic Con

Panel “It’s a Book! It’s a Script! It’s a Comic!” presented by Jaimie Engle, KoolasHeck, and Keith Rommel, Blood Moon Comics, LLC

Tampa, FL, July 29th – July 31st – The Tampa Bay Comic Con welcomes many artists, celebrities, creators, and fans including the creative team behind “The 9 Circles” written by Jaimie Engle with art by KoolasHeck, and published through Keith Rommel’s Blood Moon Comics, LLC. In addition to having a booth space where fans can buy comics, meet the team, and even take a photograph with a six foot cardboard cutout of the main character, Simeon, the three will be on a panel titled “It’s a book! It’s a script! It’s a comic!” to discuss the collaborative process of writing in books, film, and comic mediums. The convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Convention Center from July 29, 11am-10pm, July 30 from 9am-10pm, and ends on July 31 from 9am-5pm at 333 S. Franklin Street in Tampa, Florida.

Engle recently presented on “How to Write Comics” at two Hillsborough County Libraries during their summer youth services program supported by the Friends of the Library.

“Comics continue to grow in popularity, and young writers are especially interested in learning to write in this specialized format,” shared Engle regarding her visits. “It’s different from writing novels or screenplays, which is so fun, offering a unique outlet for creativity.”

“The 9 Circles” comic was first adapted from a short story in Engle’s collection titled “The Toilet Papers” after she adapted it into a script for television first. The script won multiple prestigious film awards and caught the attention of Keith Rommel, who offered her a contract to write for Blood Moon Comics. Engle reached out to the artist known as KoolasHeck, who is a Sketchcard Illustrator for Upper Deck/Marvel Comics and an illustrator, writer, and executive producer on multiple comic series. The collaboration has proved to be a powerhouse combination and the team are now producing a one shot titled “Gaijin in Tokyo” with a projected December 2022 release date.

“Blood Moon Comics who has been featured in the Key Collector app as well as Comics Heating Up!” shared Rommel. “As Indy title of the year as well as monthly picks, we will be in attendance at the con accepting submissions in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy categories.”

Engle and KoolasHeck will be signing books, selling merch, and giving away swag as they interact with fans all weekend! Preorder your comic at https://bit.ly/The9Circles1 or through your favorite Local Comic Shop! For more info, visit  https://tampabaycomicconvention.com/ or to request images, email publicity@thewriteengle.com.

BIO: Jaimie Engle is an award-winning writer. Her comic The 9 Circles is currently in development with multiple studios including AMC. The script is a quarterfinalist, semifinalist, and hit #6 on Coverfly’s coveted The Red List. She has spoken to tens of thousands of writers and fans at dozens of conventions. 

Keith Rommel: Owner/CEO/Award-Winning Writer Blood Moon Comics, Award-Winning Screenwriter The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man, and Award-Winning Novelist with Sunbury Press.

KOOLasHECK:  Sketchcard Illustrator for Upper Deck/Marvel Comics and an illustrator, writer, and executive producer on multiple comics.

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Jaimie Engle to Appear at Southshore Regional Library to present Writing Comic Books class

Ruskin, Florida, June 6, 2022 – The Southshore Regional Library welcomes guest author Jaimie Engle to teach a class on Writing Comic Books, and to share her love of writing with the community. The event for aspiring comic writers is coming to Ruskin, Florida on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 6pm – 6:45pm. Located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573.

“Comics continue to grow in popularity, and young writers are especially interested in learning to write in this specialized format,” said Engle. “It’s different from writing novels or screenplays, and has its own challenges. But, it also offers a unique outlet for creativity.”

Engle has recently added writing comics to her resume, with her first limited edition series releasing through Blood Moon Comics in July 2022. To order in advance, visit the publisher at bit.ly/The9Circles1 or ask your local comic shop to order Issue 1 in the MAY Diamond Preview Catalogue using preorder code MAY221299.

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Local Author Inspires A Love of Reading and Writing in Children

Jaimie Engle to Appear at Read It, Write It Book and Writing Festival in February

Boynton Beach, FL, February 2022 – The Read It, Write It Book and Writing Festival welcomes guest author Jaimie Engle to participate in their writing panels to share her love of writing with the community. The first-ever Read It Write It Book Festival is coming to Boynton Beach on Saturday, February 26 from 11am – 6pm. Located at the Boynton Beach Mall at 801 N Congress Ave Ste 295, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.

Engle recently spoke virtually to the Trinity Preparatory School’s Author Festival.

“Attending reading and writing festivals, such as Read It, Write It, is one of the many perks that come with being an author. Sharing my love of writing as well as the journey I’ve taken in order to get where I am today, with the community who has supported me along the way, really gives me an appreciation of what I do!” shared Engle, who will be speaking on a panel during the Read It, Write It Festival.

Engle has recently added writing comics to her resume, with her first limited edition series releasing through Blood Moon Comics in July 2022.

“I’m getting excited for Read It Write It,” shared Heidi Hess, the festival organizer. “It’s a celebration of all things books – Novice/ experienced, adult/child authors come together with local readers to celebrate literacy!”

The Read It Write It festival is a family-friendly event that is free to attend. Engle will be signing books and interacting with guests all day! For more information, visit https://www.heidicreates.net/events

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Winning International Awards!

I’m excited to announce that Sum of Your Luv, a short film co-written with Ausbon Brown, III, has been hitting the film festival circuit and stirring up a several awards. I’m an official “Award-Winning Screenwriter!”

Sum of Your Luv was named BEST COMEDY in the AMSTERDAM SHORT FILM FESTIVA.

So far, it has been named an official selection of the GOLDEN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ITALY and the NEW FILMMAKERS NEW YORK film festivals. Sum of Your Luv also was awarded a winner at the AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL and an HONORABLE MENTION at the LONDON-WORLDWIDE COMEDY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.

SYNOPSIS: A distraught woman visits a quirky therapist after she discovers her boyfriend is cheating. She’s given an experimental drug which accidentally causes her to be able to see more than she wants about everyone’s sexual history.

Learn all about the filmmakers HERE and Congratulations to everyone involved!

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Jaimie Engle Speaking at One Senior Place

In one week, Jaimie Engle will be speaking at the One Senior Place on Monday, October 18th from 10am-12pm.
She will be discussing her novel, “Write a Book that Doesn’t Suck” as well as her first experiences while writing.
Make sure to RSVP for the event at (321) 751-6771. See you there!

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New SCWG Board Member

I’m happy to announce that I am now a board member of the Space Coast Writers Guild!

The Space Coast Writers Guild was created in 1982 and is based in Brevard County, Florida. They meet monthly to offer a variety of programs and presentations aimed towards writers. Meetings also offer members the opportunity to network with other writers. Aside from monthly meetings, SCWG provides critique groups, workshops, contests, and conferences focused on improving your writing abilities.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help the guild grow through aligned goals and desires to work with local writers, assist in their publishing goals, and help bring in speakers of the highest caliber and experience to work with members. Writing can be a solo experience and it’s necessary to have a group in which to share your fears, goals, and achievements. I hope my journey can assist other writers to be inspired to keep writing, learning, and sharing their stories with the world!

Learn more about the SCWG: https://scwg.org/

Join the Guild: https://manage.campaignzee.com/mIZeQ2wOxU

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Jaimie Engle Speaking at the Melbourne Film Club

Jaimie Engle will be speaking about her transition from writing books to feature films at the September Melbourne Film Club meeting. The meeting will take place at The Oaks Theater, 1800 W Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901. It will be September 7th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. 

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The Brain, The Brawn, The Heart, and The Hero with Jaimie Engle

Learn to write characters that bring out the hero’s strengths, expose their weaknesses, and give them goals of their own! Author Jaimie Engle teaches writing using “The Wizard of Oz” as a base. For ages 10 to 14.

Jaimie Engle will be virtually speaking at the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. The Brain, The Brawn, The Heart, and The Hero: Writing with Jaimie Engle will be on Tuesday, July 20th at 2:00pm. 

Register for this event through the calendar feature at HCPLC.org and attend for a chance to win a free book!

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Just Us Nerds Podcast Guest

Jaimie Engle will be a guest on a future episode of the Just Us Nerds Podcast! The episode will focus on a dramatic selection from The Twilight Zone. You can find the podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/justusnerdspodcast as well as on their Facebook page, “Just Us Nerds Podcast.” Keep your eyes peeled for the episode to be available soon!

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Tell Your Story: It’s Your Write

March 27, 2021 at 11 AM

REGISTER HERE

Writers and readers come together online for a day of free literary growth at the third annual “Tell Your Story. It’s Your Write!” from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, March 27th presented by the North Regional/Broward College Library.The expo offers literary enrichment, industry insight and motivation for writers from successfully published, award-winning authors via author-led workshops and panel discussions. Participants include New York Times bestselling authors Craig Pittman and Diane A.S. Stuckart and award-winning authors Jaimie Engle, Elisa Albo and Cheryl Hollon.

Jaimie Engle will be hosting at 11am on Writing Teen Fiction: How to write and promote work for this audience.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Pets of Elsewhere

I am so excited to announce my 12th publication, PETS OF ELSEWHERE: Ghost Dog.

This is the first in a haunting new series that takes readers around the globe to solve the mysteries of deceased pets who still have a story to tell.

Book One: Ghost Dog – Haunted by four-legged ghosts in St. Augustine, a 12-year-old must help vengeful shadow-pets find rest or watch them pick off his family one-by-one.

Other books in the series to come:

  • BLACK DOG: A haunting in Castle Craig in Connecticut.
  • GHOST HOUND: An American folk lore of the faithful bue tick hound.
  • GHOST CAT: In Ireland, a large, demonic black cat is rumored to roam the property of Killakee House.
  • GHOST OWL: A colony of White American Owls haunt the 15th-century Arundel Castle in England.
  • GHOST HORSE: In the Chicago suburbs, there are haunted stables and riding trails in the woods.
  • GHOST APE: In a large estate in Dorset, near Dorchester, England, haunts the ghost of Martyn, a pet ape.
  • GHOST ZOO: The haunted Old Los Angeles Zoo.
  • BLACK CAT: The Ancient Ram Inn’s bedrooms in the UK resides a supposed ghost cat.
  • GHOST BEAST: In the Dublin Hellfire Club, a large cat-like, black, demonic beast still prowls the area.
  • PET CEMETERY: In San Francisco, former pets still hang around the Presidio Pet Cemetery.

ORDER ON AMAZON OR SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.

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Enter to Win: Pets of Elsewhere

Get lost in the mystery of GHOST DOG, book one in the exciting new series by Jaimie Engle, PETS OF ELSEWHERE.

Enter to win 1 of 3 signed paperbacks on Goodreads!

Haunted by four-legged ghosts in St. Augustine, a 12-year-old must help vengeful shadow-pets find rest or watch them pick off his family one-by-one.

Colten never wanted to leave Satellite Beach. His dad, a now retired Air Force Captain and his mom, a homemaker, couldn’t wait to open a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine, in a gorgeous Victorian that once belonged to a world-renowned veterinarian. Only, Colten sees things, hears things, and his sister almost dies—twice. Animal ghosts are reaching out from the other side with hints that the doctor may have been hiding things behind the Victorian’s closed doors, leaving Colten with two choices: help them or watch his whole family die.

PETS OF ELSEWHERE is a haunting middle grade thriller that blends elements of Pet Sematary with The House on Haunted Hill for kids who have outgrown Goosebumps and become die-hard fans of Supernatural.

Order your signed copy HERE.

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Voice in Writing (& life) with Jaimie Engle

The Florida Literacy Association is excited to provide our  “members only” virtual professional development series.  We’re looking forward to a great session with Jaimie Engle on February 16th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. We hope you’ll join us!

https://floridaea.zoom.us/j/96302136906

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FLA Winter After Dark2021

FLA Winter After Dark2021

Virtual Professional Development Series

Tuesdays – 6:30-7:30pm Eastern Time

Free for FLA Members! 


I will be speaking at the 2021 FLA Convention On 2-16-2021 From 6:30pm to 7:30pm. on Finding YOUR Voice, based on my Florida Sunshine State nominated book “Metal Mouth”

Sometimes, it’s hard for a young author to discover their writer voice. Other times, they struggle just trying to find their voice at all. In this concurrent session, author Jaimie Engle shares how to build voice as an author, through character, and as a person, based off her Kirkus Editor’s Choice awarded novel & Florida Sunshine State Book List Nominee Metal Mouth (2020).

The conference is free to FLA Members, you can join FLA at: http://flareads.org/membership/.

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WHEN IN COVID, GO VIRTUAL!

Trinity Prep Author Festival 2021!

Trinity Preparatory School’s sixth annual Author Festival is on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, and this year it is VIRTUAL!The event is FREE and open to the public. I am so proud to be among the 44 YA, Middle Grade, and Picture Book authors scheduled to attend, among seven NY Times bestsellers. Event planners, Reba Gordon, Director of the Rich Library, and English 8 & YA Lit Teacher, Georgia Parker, have live Keynote speakers and multiple pre-recorded author panels planned for even greater flexibility for readers. 

To support the continuation of the Author Fest and the authors who have volunteered their time to be here, we encourage all attendees to purchase books from our independent bookseller, Kizzy’s Books & More. See the full catalog! You can also order signed books DIRECTLY FROM THE AUTHOR.

I will be speaking on several topics:

Middle Grade Mystery at 10am- 10:45am
World Building at 11am-11:45am
and Magical Fairy Tales at 1pm – 1:45pm

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Kris Kringle Market, Dec. 19 & 20!

I will be a vendor at the Kris Kringle Market December 19th and 20th at the Melbourne Auditorium: 625 E Hibiscus Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32901-3234, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. All my books, including the Amazon #1 New Release “Clifton Chase on Castle Rock”, are available in pre-packaged sets, discounted for the holidays. Grab a book and a pin or button, too! Plus I’ve already packed your bags and prepared your passport for an imagination getaway… (You’ll have to show up to ask!)

Stop by and pick up some JME Books, mention this post, and grab your FREE gift. Books make the perfect Christmas gifts for the whole family! Over 100 vendors inside and out, free admission & free parking, free train ride, Ice sisters pictures in carriage, make and take ornaments, and 400 free totes giveaway!

RSVP to secure your FREE gift!