Local award winning screenplay turned into novel - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local award winning screenplay turned into novel

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a story that has been 44 years in the making.  It started in 1965, but was launched into the national spotlight two years ago, when the screenplay won the Grand Remington, which is the equivalent to the Oscars in the screenplay world.

The co-authors were on track to turn their screenplay into a movie, but this story has taken a different turn and instead a book was born.

It's a book that's taken their story to a whole new level. "Going back and revisiting the story and fleshing out a full out novel required insight to the characters and layers to the subplots." said co-author Don Caron. "Things that are very useful when we write another screenplay to make an even better movie."

Don Caron and Lyle Hatcher co-wrote the book that is based on a true story.  It's a story about two ten-year old boys who found each other in a unique way.  One is confined to a wheelchair and one has A.D.H.D, and when these two are brought together and they both come out with something that's bigger than both of them.

It's a book that's very special to Hatcher as its based on his own life. He was the little boy with A.D.H.D.  "It's the best thing I've ever been able to give people to offer people in my life, nothing even close to it." said Hatcher. "The feedback I'm getting from hundreds of people who have already read it keeps us motivated. We haven't run into anyone who said it was either changed their life or changed someone's life they know or loved."

David Dahlke was the little boy confined to a wheelchair.

Caron and Hatcher said they've received a lot of feedback from people saying this book has touched them in a unique way as it looks at a child put on Ritalin and a child who has muscular dystrophy.

The book is being test marketed in Spokane for the time being and is expected to be put on sale nationwide in six months.

www.differentdrummersbook.com

Cindi DeHoog
KHQ Reporter

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