PARKERSBURG – Local author Kendra Johnson said her trilogy of novels beginning with ” A long time ago “ is being made into a movie.
Johnson, who writes under the pen name Kay G. Jay, also wrote the other books in the trilogy, “Sometimes” and “Once for all” about covert operations to arrest a madman.
A private event for potential backers will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25 at the Odyssey Theater in Marietta. Working with producer and director Kevin McAfee, known for his films “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” and “The Last Ounce of Courage” Johnson accepts funding from interested investors in the Mid-Ohio Valley.
“His book is being turned into a feature film script,” McAfee said. “We can’t wait to reunite with our financiers in West Virginia, as we want to shoot there. Congratulations to your native citizen whose incredible talent has captured the attention of Hollywood and our country’s top filmmakers.
McAfee is the founder of Oceania Omnimedia Films, his production company who discovered Johnson’s Christian trilogy when the Filmmakers Roundtable reviewed his work and voted his series one of the best among 350 submissions.
“In 45 years of experience in the film industry, working with Disney, Sony, New Line Cinema and since we created the Filmmakers Roundtable to judge writers and screenwriters, we haven’t seen a talent like Kendra Johnson”, McAfee said.
The experience “It was the thrill of a lifetime to see this dream come true.” says Johnson.
“I can’t wait to see these charismatic characters jump off the page and onto the big screen. I hope Central Ohio Valley comes to love their story to the depths I experienced when they took life in my books, says Johnson. “Even though the film will be its own creative enterprise, the spirit of my characters will come to life in the stars who portray them.”
Johnson’s trilogy follows the adventures of social worker Kenann (Kee’nan) James and ex-Marine Daniel McKenzie (Danny Mac) as they find themselves caught in the web of an ancient secret society bent on controlling the world. . The couple and a mismatched group of family and friends join their mission to save the world.
All over the world, they uncover dangerous secrets and uncover their enemy’s weaknesses in mad ways. The love emerges as the drama unfolds and brings unsuspected romance amidst the terror.
“I have been blessed to have the support of so many family members, friends and community members,” says Johnson. “I look forward to walking hand-in-hand with everyone who has shown interest in this next phase.”
In her day job, Johnson works in community mental health as a licensed therapist. She shares her love of romance, mystery and travel through her stories. His stories and characters are strongly influenced by his Christian faith.
Johnson is married to Chuck Johnson and is a proud mother and doting grandmother. She said she was lucky to have lifelong friends she had the opportunity to travel with and a community that supports her.