Posts Tagged ‘Andrea Portes’


The one and only, lovely beyond compare, inimitable Andrea Portes, at The Rumpus

July 1, 2012

Chloe Grace Moretz in HickDon’t miss Jennifer Sky’s interview with the one and only Andrea Portes regarding the film adaptation of Hick, which opened last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.



Know Your Workshop Leaders: Andrea Portes

September 22, 2008

Any number of sentences might go here. Apologies, sheepish attempts at justification, maybe even some random and empty fortune-cookie philosophy. You know, like, “Soon you will make an important journey“.

Well, duh. Of course you are. To Irvine. At the end of the week. And here I am, yet to start on the one and only thing I wanted to make sure I got done between SD22 and LA6: Know Your Workshop Leaders.

So where to start, then? It seems perversely portentous—and only slightly pretentious—to start by recalling the one profile I finished for this year’s San Diego conference: the inimitably delightful Andrea Portes.

Damn it, I used “inimitable” last time. Anyway ….

In addition to the lavish acclaim drenching Ms. Portes’ debut novel, Hick, the story has also been optioned for screenplay by Steven Siebert (The Lighthouse EMG) and Christian Taylor (Taylor Lane Productions, where Hick currently appears on the front page).

Ms. Portes is exactly the sort of hip young talent with razor wit and daring boundaries (or some might accuse, lack thereof) that can help her fellow writers learn to transcend their own challenges and follow the path to fame and glory untold, or, at least, and perhaps for the better, literary merit. Additionally, for those who need to know, she is into such cool sounds as The White Stripes, Grandaddy, and Radiohead, enjoys stories told in all forms, including silver-screen presentations of Harold & Maude, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and Lolita among others, and, apparently, is a vodka tonic.

What’s her sign? In truth, I don’t know. I didn’t find the answer at her website, although it’s entirely possible I overlooked it.

And, frankly, having taken myself out of the loop these last couple months, I have no idea most of our workshop leaders intend to present. Ms. Portes will be bringing us “Kill Your Ego” and “Writing in Bed“, and “All for Naughty: Tackling Taboo Subjects“.

Enlightening, entertaining, and perhaps a few other things that would be impolite to suggest, Ms. Portes brings to SCWC damn near everything you could ask. We’re so happy to have her onboard.


(Update: Out of the loop, indeed. My bad. Really. Hell, if I’d stopped to read through the recent entries here, I would have known to include the excellent news that, as MSG so aptly put it, “Hick‘s hot“. Make sure to pay close attention to whatever she says, so then someday you can say you knew her when she was only kind of famous, instead of mega-super-mondo famous.)


Hick’s hot…

September 14, 2008

SCWC*LA6 workshop leader Andrea Portes is having a helluva year since the release of her bestselling, critically vaunted breakout novel, Hick. Quickly acquired for film, Andrea just finished the screenplay and already word it out: It’s one of the two hottest scripts swishing in the sweat.

Get the skinny here.



Andrea Portes’ query letter

April 29, 2008

Lest it be lost to the ether, the query letter Andrea Portes (Hick) wrote and submitted to Castiglia Lit’s Sally van Haitsma and garnered so much intense interest when discussed at SCWC*LA5 is online.  It’s about as perfect an unsolicited query letter to an agent as you’ll find.

Just another testament to Andrea’s fine writing voice and savvy for the business in general, check it out here.

Read it. Think about what it does and does not do.  Learn from it.



Andrea’s “Hick” optioned for film

April 11, 2008

Courtesy of our own Sally van Haitsma, who negotiated the deal, comes this item fromThe Hollywood Reporter:

Siebert, Taylor option novel ‘Hick’
By Borys Kit

April 10, 2008

Producers Steven Siebert and Christian Taylor have optioned the best-selling novel “Hick,” by first-time author Andrea Portes.

“Hick,” published in 2007 by Unbridled Books, was recently named among the best adult books for high school students by the School Library Journal.

The coming-of-age story centers on 13-year-old Luli McMullen, who runs away from her ramshackle Nebraska home after being abandoned by her deadbeat parents and heads to Las Vegas. Along the way, she learns the truth about American rootlessness and discovers both the power and peril of her own sexual curiosity.

The producers hope to mold the project with a lead character in the vein of Addie Loggins of “Paper Moon” and Iris Steensma in “Taxi Driver.”

Portes is in talks to adapt the screenplay.

Taylor, via his shingle Taylor Lane Prods., is developing “Angela and Diabola,” an adaptation of a novel by Lynne Reid Banks (“The Indian in the Cupboard”), with writers Mike Deseve and Andy Rheingold of the Gotham Group and producers Jane Startz and Gillon Stephenson.

Siebert and his Lighthouse Entertainment recently produced the youth-oriented road comedy “Endless Bummer,” starring Khan Chittenden and Matthew Lillard. Upcoming projects include drama “The Lion’s Share” with director Bob Giraldi.

Congratulations Andrea and Sally!



Know Your Session Leaders: Andrea Portes

January 3, 2008

It is time to get to know your session leaders and speakers at SCWC. First up, the inimitable Andrea Portes, who intends to teach you how to “Kill Your Ego” and give advice on “Writing in Bed”.Andrea’s debut novel, Hick hit the shelves last May, and straightaway hit the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. I hear she was very proud. And why not? Finding oneself amid company like Khaled Hosseini, Cormac McCarthy, Sara Gruen, and James Patterson, among others, is no easy task. And we at SCWC are proud to count her among our friends.

The reviews, of course, have been fantastic:

Guy Savage at Mostly Fiction includes Hick in good company as well, giving the book 4.5 stars out of 5:

If you enjoyed novels such as Where the Heart Is and She’s Come Undone, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Hick.

The Emerging Writers Network matches that four-and-a-half, and piles on the praise:

From the time Luli walks off her property through to the end of the novel, Portes gives us a combination of road novel with coming of age work. She blends the two seamlessly as Luli grows up in front of the reader, beginning to explore her own sexuality and the power that this entails, while at the same time, going through some of the traditional road trip scenarios – meeting new people, getting in troublesome situations, etc. The thing Portes does extremely well is give Luli this ability to survive, no matter what is thrown her way, and plenty is thrown her way – and frequently brought upon by her own actions, reminding the reader again and again that she is only 13. This is also where the writing of Portes shines. While only 13, Luli almost forces herself to step outside her body and simply be a witness to events that are occurring. Throughout, she holds onto a ‘this will pass’ sort of mantra, and it is entirely believable.

Portes has created a character that the reader cannot help but root for, even when knowing she is taking a mis-step or two (or more). The fact that Portes did so, while allowing said character to have a wit, and a nose for interesting situations, helps the pages fly by. It’s an exceptional debut effort and hopefully the beginning of a great career.

And Regis Schilken, author of The Oculi Incident and The Island Off Stony Point, strongly recommends Hick:

Hick is fast paced, it is original, it is an outstanding novel of perseverance and courage. Luli’s sometimes crude descriptions will make a reader howl but at the same time, root for her survival amidst all the foul play tugging at her heartstrings. She is out there, she is alone, but damn, she will survive. “I’m not looking back playing that same old song no more. I ain’t gonna spend my life staring at my socks, slouching to a chorus of mighta coulda shoulda woulda.”

I would recommend Hick to any reader looking for a fascinating story and is not offended by the “F” word. Luli has heard it from infancy. Her speech would sound unnatural without it considering the years of low-life she endured before taking off on her own.

I would sincerely hope that author Portes is planning a sequel to Hick so readers who fall in love with charismatic Luli like I did, can ultimately see her fate. I would personally like to congratulate Andrea Portes for writing Hick. One would never know it was a first novel.

The reviews are in. Many of them. And they’re all positive. We at SCWC hope to bring you the best, and we’re proud to present Miss Andrea Portes at our San Diego conference over the Presidents’ Day Weekend.

There is, indeed, still time to register. See the Southern California Writers’ Conference website for more information about speakers and session leaders, and how to sign up for this most excellent event.