LINES: Behind The Books & Movie by Ashley C. Harris
Lines, three short controversial YA novellas about blackmail, manipulation, dangerous love, and drugs. Find out how these novellas are intertwined with an independent movie that has been filmed by a young women like never before. In this post get the story behind the books, and get to see them come to life in behind the scenes movie clips. Are you ready to cross the lines and figure out where you stand on controversial issues within these novels?
Lines really started out of my eyes and what I was seeing as a young adult. From my senior year in high school into my early college years I noticed two big themes taking over a large percentage of my young adult society. The first was seeing the illegal buying and selling of so many prescription drugs.
I remember being in shock the first time I spotted a strait A competitive student buying adderall the night before a test to help guarantee a great grade. What did she do once she scored top marks and needed relief from being on all night uppers? The answer was a fast downer to relax and marijuana was the easiest go to... This upper and downer cycle continued and branched into more vices of relief for this person and many of my fellow peers.
Racism also began growing on the college campuses around me. I wrote LINES before Trayvon Martin and all of the racial protest of 2014. I could not have imagined things would ever be like they were this last holiday season when it came to debates over race and controversy.
Writing LINES was my way of venting and sorting peoples behaviors around me out. I wrote the screenplay while still in school thinking maybe one day someone else would turn the idea of it into something... Then one day I pitched it among some students and adults and as I described the characters and their world, people around me became interested. Could we/I really make a future length independent film? I began breaking down filming budgets and time lines and the silliest idea came to me, 'What would it be like filming this movie in a way that no one had ever done before, using Mac laptops. We'd make a film like no other...' Once I pitched that, more and more people wanted to help out and see if it would be possible, and the beginning of LINES was started.
Check out this behind the scenes clip that demonstrates how we made the movie:
Once the film was captured, editing it while still completing class, then graduating, and hunting for a job took quiet a long time. I was a young women and early twenty something with a film I had no idea how to get out there. This was around 2010 and our economy and job market was at a real low, most independent film distributors were going out of business as digital downloads were taking over the scenes. Businesses such as Blockbuster and DVD stores started going under. This was a similar movie evolution comparable to the changes of the book industry turning from mainly hard form to ebooks formats..
I was also very interested in the new ebook world that was starting up around that time. I started putting out novels that I had written a few years back and people around the world slowly but surly began reading my work and emailing me that they enjoyed it. Once this happened I knew this was my way of getting LINES the plot and the movie out there. I finished and pretty much completely rewrote the half novel I had on my computer of the story, adding alternate endings and new life lesions I had learned into the plot lines. With the help of my publicist Danielle Barclay, editor Cameron Yeager, and the great graphic artist Jennifer Munswami, the Lines novellas were finally ready... I knew once people started discovering the novels they could then discover the movie.
Check out this exclusive movie clip:
LINES Meets Controversy.
I believe some of the novel plot lines, characters, and their choices are very controversial to our times. We live in a world where more and more prescription illegal drug use is becoming very common among high schoolers, college students, and then of course beyond.
Just the other day.. I was at dinner where a women was crying in a booth next to me and asked her friend if she could 'try taking one of her Xanax ' to help her cope with her situation. The friend obliged and gave her one and I watched them take the pills and finished their many glasses of wine together. These women were easily in their mid to late thirties. So these issues do not stay in the young adult world.
On top of that marijuana is becoming legal all over, and as a women who works in the media I know people on both sides of the legalization argument are very passionate and both have solid points on how available pot should be.. Lines hits on this subject as well.
Then there is the divide between classes now (the 1% protest) and race. Where does this leave our youth? What LINES are people drawing between themselves and others?
As a young women and filmmaker/writer, I hope experiencing this story threw both the novels and the movies makes people on all sides think. Our choices I believe, no matter how big or small, can make a difference, and influence the next generation to repeat them. What is it our next generation is getting into?
Grace was only dating bad boy Danny Cross to get her father's attention. Danny was only dating Grace to help his friend get revenge.
But when Jessie, the new kid, comes to town and brings hidden secrets about Grace's family with him, suddenly everyone's plans turn upside down. As secrets are brought to the surface Grace finds herself sinking deeper into Danny's world of drugs and partying, uncovering truths that could destroy them all....
Enter the world of high school, blackmail, racism, and drugs. A world where there is no escape from crossing the LINES.
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Author and film director Ashley C. Harris resides in Florida. Ashley was first recognized for her edgy writing and unique film work when she wrote and directed the teenage film Lines. Lines was the first feature film in the world captured using only Mac Laptops.
In 2013 Ashley teamed up with Barclay Publicity to release the first title in a new young adult series Shock Me. Ashley then went on to release the first of a new NA series, One Night In Heated Snapshots, that quickly reached Amazon's Best Selling top ten list for sports romances.
When she is not dreaming up new books and working on film sets, she loves to spend time with her friends and family.
Keep a close watch for Ashley's newest young adult books releases!