July 29—Ceara Comeau, an Acworth native who has written 10 novels, begins a new chapter in her passion for storytelling.
Together with Chester Killarney filmmaker Traynor, Comeau started Book Sisters Productions, a company that focuses on freelance writers turning their books into movies.
The company’s first series, “The Sadie McAllister Files” — written and directed by Traynor — is filming this summer, and will premiere on YouTube in the fall, according to Comeau.
The series, about a young girl with supernatural powers, should have six episodes of five to eight minutes each.
Adaptations of Comeau’s short stories “Amber Oak Mysteries” – which she described as a “Nancy Drew meets [The] genre genre Twilight Zone” – are also in development.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Comeau said of adapting his work.
Although the films are released for free on Book Sisters Productions’ YouTube channel, Comeau said they hope to monetize “Amber Oak Mysteries” as the company grows.
And she said they would be open to collaborating with other freelance writers in the future.
These days, Traynor said, making movies “is the easiest there is,” giving independent creators the chance to pursue their own projects.
“I’m really, really lucky that we’re living in our time, because anyone can make a movie now,” she said. “Anyone could scratch the itch.”
where it all started
“It was kind of one of those unexpected departures,” said Comeau, a graduate of Fall Mountain Regional High School.
The idea for Book Sisters Productions was born last June at a small book event in Newington, where Traynor asked Comeau to share a table.
The couple talked about past experiences with film and hopes for future projects.
Traynor has worked in various areas of the film industry including writing, directing and acting. She is also the author of seven novels, mostly in the supernatural and mystery genres.
She said she was looking to get back into acting after the company she worked for closed and had difficulty finding work due to the pandemic.
“I was without a power outlet,” Traynor, 39, said. “I didn’t realize how much I loved working on film until it stopped.”
As the conversation progressed, Comeau suggested a film partnership.
“I told him, who better than us to put our films into production,” said Comeau, 29.
At the end of the day, Book Sisters Productions was starting.
Last year’s book event, however, wasn’t their first meeting.
Comeau said she first met Traynor at a similar event near Portsmouth more than four years ago. At the time, Comeau was just beginning to make public appearances as a professional author and commercialize her work.
Similar to last year’s event, Comeau and Traynor were assigned to the same table and discussed their individual goals as creators.
The connection was instantaneous, Comeau noted.
“There was a little voice in the back of my head that said, ‘This is the one you’ll want to partner with if you ever get into acting,'” Comeau said. “I don’t know if you would call it a divine moment, but it was one of those calling moments.”
“I never looked back”
Both women started writing and directing films at a young age.
Comeau, who now lives in Claremont, said her interest in writing began in college as an outlet to escape the bullying she suffered. Through her stories and their main character, Amber Oak, she was able to express herself in ways that she couldn’t in real life.
She said that writing and acting have always crossed in her mind.
“[Writing and filmmaking] were one and the same thing,” Comeau said. “A lot of writers stick to writing, and a lot of filmmakers stick to filming, but I’m like… why can’t you do both?
Growing up, she acted out scenes from her stories in the garden of her parents, John and Charlotte. Even now, she says, she writes stories while thinking about what they would look like on screen – which she says helps her write better.
His passion for cinema took off after making two short films with his cousin Gwen in 2015.
“I never looked back,” she said. “I like[d] this concept of “I could do that one day”. “
Likewise, Traynor’s interest in film and directing began in the family. When they were homeschooled growing up, Traynor said she and her siblings would direct their movies.
“It was a hobby that I never lost interest in,” she said.
After spending nearly a decade building a career, Comeau said she began to learn the value of patience.
And for budding writers, filmmakers, and creators, she has some advice: “Be patient with yourself.”
“Give yourself time, give yourself patience, enjoy what you’re doing,” she said. “Don’t worry about deadlines, because the point is, if you love what you do, it will show in your work.”
Caitlin Howard can be reached at 352-1234 ext. 1441 or [email protected]