Amanda M. Thrasher and Kevin O’Neill’s Captain Fin

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Kevin O’Neill’s announcement, “Great News! My feature film script, based on my short film, Captain Fin is now going to be written as a novel! Captain Fin is going to be in the loving and extremely capable hands of Author Amanda M. Thrasher who is also the publisher of our novel 50 Hours! I have already seen some of her early writing of this novel and it’s going to be amazing!”

“To everyone… get ready for a very poignant and heartwarming story. Author Amanda M. Thrasher’s Captain Fin is riveting and will fully engage you emotionally. You will not want to leave the ship once it’s sailed!” – Producer, Actor, Director. – Kevin O’Neill

Kevin James O'Neill

Kevin James O’Neill – Actor, Director, Producer, spent over thirty years working in national commercials, television, and film. He’s been teaching acting in Central Florida and has been a personal acting coach for over twenty-five years. He is the Course Director for Directing for film at Full Sail University. He has directed several projects, ClarkCaptain FinLean, and Undertaking, to name a few. His films have been in multiple festivals around the country including The Florida Film Festival, The Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival, The Sunscreen Film Festival, The Sonoma International Film Festival, The Orlando Film festival, The Fort Lauderdale Film festival and The West Palm Beach Film festival where he has won several Best Short Film awards. Kevin has written several feature-length film scripts 50 HoursTrestlesUndertakingThundersmack, and a television series titled Gone Dark. He wrote the screenplay and feature script for CAPTAIN FIN.

Kevin approached Amanda in regards to writing a novel based on his screenplay CAPTAIN FIN, and as soon as she read his screenplay, she fell in love with a story idea for the book primarily based on his character Hannah. After discussing her ideas for the Novel with Kevin, he approved wholeheartedly, and the rest was history!

Kevin’s thoughts about the novel: “I began writing and directing films twelve years ago through my production company, Olive Ranch Road Productions. One of my first and absolute favorite stories was Captain Fin. I would eventually write and direct that story as a short film. The film was a big success in festivals, so I then wrote the feature-length script. But it wasn’t until I was introduced to Amanda M. Thrasher years later that I would see the depths that this story could really go. Amanda has molded the lead character, Hannah, into a beautifully enriched soul with incredible layers. Amanda’s novel goes so much deeper into the life that Hannah leads after so much misfortune fell upon her as a little girl. Her story takes us on a gripping journey as she weaves us through Hannah’s unrelenting pursuit of her past. This is my second feature film script that has been written into a novel, and it is without a doubt my absolute favorite! Amanda’s kind and caring soul is so deeply embedded in this amazing novel… it will touch people on so many levels.”

“The way you handled the police officer’s telling Sandy about Nathan is heart-wrenching. Beautifully written!”

“It’s SOOOO good!!”  “I absolutely love this line! …turned her bedsheets into sails so that she could reenact her favorite story…Oh, how I LOVE this, Amanda!” 

“Your love for this story and Hannah are evident in the gentle way you craft your words. I have always loved Captain Fin and I really loved making it into a short film and then a feature-length script. But, you have brought this story to whole another level!” –Kevin James O’Neill – Writer/Director/Producer

NEWS: Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards is proud to announce that “CAPTAIN FIN” by Amanda M. Thrasher won the Gold Medal in the Young Adult – Coming of age category. “CAPTAIN FIN” is The Mom’s Choice Awards®  Gold award recipient in the Young Adult category.

Details of the announcements can be found on the award page click here: Awards Page