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Mature Preneurs Talk with Diana Todd-Banks

Nov 24, 2018

Beverly Gandara says adapting a screenplay into a book is not an easy task for anyone and what is intriguing, is to hear her describe the experience along with her achievements which are extremely inspiring and motivating.

Inspired by her husband, Armand’s experience Concrete Wings is about Julian, a naive teen sent out of Cuba on the eve of the Bay of Pigs Invasion to retrieve smuggled family jewels.  He comes of age in New York at the height of the sexual revolution as he earns his political and economic freedom.  By a twist of fate, he begins to lose his freedom when his oppressive parents arrive and refuse to assimilate into American Society. Originally written as a screenplay, two Hollywood producers suggested to Beverly Gandara she adapt the screenplay into a novel, which she was told would be easier to sell as a motion picture either for television or theatrical release. Learning to adapt a screenplay into a book is not an easy task and for those who have never done that it’s complex. Beverly Gandara had never done that.

During the during the podcast interview, the author first describes Concrete Wings which is a compelling story replete with intrigue, betrayal, smuggling, sex and love as Julian travels through his 50year journey to personal freedom. Anyone thinking of adapting a screenplay into a novel will want to listen keenly to this podcast as Beverly describes what she did and how she did it.

Her novel has now received a number of awards including the 2017 Literary Classic's Seal of Approval with a recommendation for school and home libraries. 

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Proud of her husband’s courage, strength and ability to gain success in life despite the many obstacles in his path, Beverly felt compelled to tell his extraordinary story and include those of others from oppressed nations who have sought political, economic, sexual and personal freedom.  

The author says, success is not always measured by what one becomes, but often by what one overcomes.