All Press Releases for May 01, 2019

CAPTAIN FIN a Novel by Amanda M. Thrasher is Artistry in Words!

A fascinating new release that has much to offer its young adult readers and book lovers in general

Creative Expression. Reborn.

    FORT WORTH, TX, May 01, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- It's not unusual for screenplays to be written based on Novels. However, CAPTAIN FIN a novel by Amanda M. Thrasher is based on a screenplay by Kevin James O'Neill; the process was inverted. So exactly how did all this transpire?

Actor, Director, and Producer, Kevin James O'Neill began writing and directing films twelve years ago. One of his first stories was Captain Fin. He eventually wrote and directed it as a short film. After success in film festivals, he wrote a feature-length script. Kevin James O'Neill stated. "It wasn't until I was introduced to Amanda M. Thrasher years later that I would see the depths that this story could really go." After the novel was completed, Thrasher sent O'Neill a draft copy. He was pleased. "Amanda has molded the lead character, Hannah, into a beautifully enriched soul with incredible layers. Amanda's novel goes so much deeper into the life that Hannah leads after so much misfortune fell upon her as a little girl. Her story takes us on a gripping journey as she weaves us through Hannah's unrelenting pursuit of her past. Amanda's kind and caring soul is so deeply embedded in this amazing novel... it will touch people on so many levels." - Kevin James O'Neill - Olive Ranch Road Productions

The most significant differences between the novel and the screenplay are details that capture Hannah's early childhood, creating a backstory that allows the reader a glimpse into her past. Eventually, they will walk with Hannah, her family, and friends, during her turbulent adolescent years. Typically brought to life via actors on screen, the novelist, Thrasher, brings emotion, characters, and narration to life via words. For a visual understanding of the differences, screenplays seem skeletal compared to any novel. The screenplay CAPTAIN FIN is 69 pages, while the novel CAPTAIN FIN is 432 pages. It is an emotional roller-coaster of the best kind, and this book with its twists and turns is not just for YA readers; it offers something for everyone!


Hannah Gunner, once a carefree child, is faced with secrets, lies, and betrayal. A life-changing event during her adolescent years forces her to confront a past that she no longer recognizes. Now, questioning everything she thought she knew, Hannah struggles with the person she is supposed to be! With the help of her boyfriend, Grayson Parks, nicknamed Cash, and her closest friend, Lindsey, they discover several clues that may hold the missing links to her life.

A tattered box filled with worn-out letters holds some of the answers that she needs, but not all of them! With an assist from her aunt and a visitor from her past, Hannah manages to track down the only person in the world who can answer her questions--the Captain! Why did those closest to her lie in the first place? Will Hannah ever find the answers that she needs to bring her peace? Suspenseful, engaging, and with twists and turns that make it impossible to put down, this is a book filled with surprises!

What people are saying about CAPTAIN FIN:

"Captain Fin by Amanda M. Thrasher is a perfect young adult fiction where you have a powerful protagonist, trusty friends and a mystery to solve. I loved the storyline and I loved how well the characters meshed together. Hannah, Lindsey, and Cash made a great team together; their chemistry and their ability to work together just made the novel even more interesting. YA fiction can easily go horribly wrong, but Thrasher did something incredibly right with this one." - Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

"Captain Fin is artistry in words! The reader feels the emotion and temperament of each character vividly! This story is tender, honest, and keeps the reader's curiosity alive! I was consistently engaged which provided fluid passage throughout the novel! I was reading through my tears more than once! It is masterful!" - Sue Nodler Hamideh

"This is a fascinating tale that certainly has much to offer its young adult readers, with likeable lead characters, hidden treasure and secrets, as well as important social issues about growing up, learning who you really are and having that sense of self-put to the test by the information and people you face in the wider world. Hannah is an endearing lead character whom author Amanda M. Thrasher makes very likable and relatable, and I enjoyed the unreliability of the memories and secrets she has to deal with." - K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

About Author Amanda M. Thrasher

Award-Winning Author Amanda M. Thrasher was born in England, moved to Texas and resides there still. She's the author of YA, middle-grade chapter books, early readers, and picture books. Additional work includes a graphic novel for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, Driving on the Right Side of the Road program (DRSR), titled What If . . . A Story of Shattered Lives, which was adapted into a reader's theater. Multiple Gold recipient of The Mom's Choice Awards(R) for YA, General Fiction, and early reader chapter books. A Readers' Favorite International Book Award winner for YA Social Issues, an NTBF award for YA and General Fiction, and she was awarded a New Apple Literary Award for YA and general fiction. As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, she assists other authors with their work and shares her writing process and publishing experience with them. She continues to speak and share her work with children and adults of all ages, conducts workshops, writes a blog, and contributes to an online magazine. The Mom's Choice Awards(R) (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers, and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

About Kevin James O'Neill

In the last twelve years, Kevin has worked as a film director writing and directing short films through his production company Olive Ranch Road Productions. Kevin has written and directed the short films, "Clark", "Captain Fin", "Lean", "Undertaking", "Swipe", "Perception" and "Man in the Woods." His film "Undertaking" starred Los Angeles veteran Eddie Jemison and the film won ten film festivals. Kevin has written the feature scripts "50 Hours", "Thundersmack", "Trestles", "The Flamingo Kid" and "Pathfinder." Kevin is a Course Director at Full Sail University where he has taught directing for the last thirteen years. Kevin is always mentoring his Full Sail students, continues to teach acting in the Orlando area and is now business partners with Phillip Deems in a new company called Plot Twist Media where they will be producing films, documentaries, and PodCasts. Kevin has worked on shows like "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman", "Beverly Hills 90121" and "Highway to Heaven."

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