Rene DeFazio knew he had been hanging on to his unnamed screenplay for a reason. The story he had written was inspired by his “exotic world travels” while filming documentaries in South America, Asia and Eastern Europe, and the lower-mainland native says though he knew he had “something,” he had no idea what to do with it.
Enter Tamara Veitch, a former special education teacher and designer with a desire to write the “next great American novel.”
The pair met the way many people do these days – online. But DeFazio says the confines of binary code quickly gave way to “forces beyond their control,” and they met for coffee.
They began dating soon after, and when DeFazio told Veitch about his screenplay they quickly discovered they had more than romantic chemistry. The realization that they had the “perfect” combination of Veitch’s flair for words and DeFazio’s knack for storytelling inspired the pair to refashion DeFazio’s 15-page screenplay into a novel.
“I knew there was a reason I was keeping [my screenplay],” said DeFazio. “After I met Tamara I heard this voice in my head saying ‘write a book, you idiot!’ and it just made sense. She completely inspired me.”
Their endeavour involved three years of painstaking research and world travel, while maintaining their families as well as their personal relationship.
The culmination of their journey is One Great Year, an era-spanning love story that’s been described as “Indiana Jones meets Eckhart Tolle.” The story spans 13,000 years and several continents, following the lifetime of the two main characters: Marcus, who has past-life memory, and Theron, the love of his many lifetimes, who he pursues throughout the ages.
The concept has clearly resonated with readers around the globe. Since its first printing One Great Year has attracted rave reviews around the world, earned honourable mentions at book festivals in New York and London, and has been optioned for a trilogy of Hollywood movies.
The couple has been on a promotion tour for most of 2014, holding book signings, as well as their seminar, “Secrets of the Ancients,” in bookstores across North America.
“We had a huge launch in Beverly Hills and toured most of southern California,” Veitch told The View during a visit to the Peachland Farmer’s Market on August 3.
“We were lucky enough to get a nod from our Hollywood production team, who advertised One Great Year in LA Weekly for the entire month. This last year has been amazing!”
Veitch said a Hollywood production team is currently at work on the film adaptation of One Great Year, but she is unable to share more details at this time.
In the meantime, DeFazio and Vietch are at work on their follow-up effort to One Great Year.
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