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Todd Jensen writes...

I'd like to congratulate you on finding a publisher for "Rain of the Ghosts" and getting a publishing date established. I'll be looking out for it in the bookstores come early December.

I remember hearing that that story was a radio play at one of the past Gatherings; presumably it was something you conceived of on your own rather than something you were put in charge of, like "Gargoyles" by Disney, since you're able to submit it to publication.

I wish you all the better since I've written a fantasy story that I'm hoping to find a publisher for (I found once a few years ago, but it didn't work out); alas, I can't recommend it to you when I do get it published, since the Arthurian legend (and other legends, such as Norse mythology) plays a major role in it, and I remember you said that you're keeping away from modern treatments of that so that they won't contaminate your vision. But it definitely makes me appreciate your joy in getting your story published all the more.

Greg responds...

Thanks, Todd.

Rain of the Ghosts was originally created (by me) when I was in development at DreamWorks Televsion Animation. The series was developed with a team of great individuals, including John Skeel, Lydia Marano and Jon Weisman. We sold it to Nick, and I wrote an hour pilot. (And it was that pilot that we did as a radio play at the second Gathering.) Then the deal with Nick fell through, and Rain sat on the shelf for a while.

But I couldn't get it out of my head, so I went to Jeffrey Katzenberg, and he agreed to let me have the publishing rights. And I wrote a novel. And I tried to sell it. And I failed.

About a decade plus passes, and I was done with Young Justice, and I decided to revisit Rain. So I did a rewrite and sent it out again to my managers and to an acquaintance who is an editor at St. Martin's Press. Three weeks later, they bought it, as well as the second book in the nine-book series. It's very exciting. And I'm just having a blast writing the second book.

Response recorded on May 13, 2013

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