Kristen James: A peek into entertainment

I’ve been working with a production company called Zulu 7 Mediafor a while, and the entire team got together in Portland recently.

As an author who works with people via phone all year, I’m always up for the opportunity to get together in person.

We got to discuss movies, TV, writing, books, stories, business and marketing, and, of course, have some fun.

We spent some time with a few actors... and I’m starting to wonder if all actors are so incredibiy funny.

I thought I’d share my experience with my Roseburg readers because there might be some "Leverage" fans here. The show was shot and set in Portland for its last season, and even if you’re not a diehard Kaniac, you might know actor and musician Christian Kane.

After watching someone on TV, it’s hard to know what their actual personality might be like in real life. Everyone I met was gracious and super friendly, especially Kane. He came up to me and said, “I haven’t got to meet you yet.” Kane’s new music album, "The House Rules," is out now — and I was lucky enough to hear him sing in person.

Zulu 7 isn’t about just fun. They’re an interesting production company that’s offering something new to Hollywood. They specialize in authenticity in “militainment,” i.e. military entertainment. The average citizen might not be aware of military or intelligence inaccuracies in shows and movies, but someone who has served our country might. I’d guess most people can think of a time when they read a book or watched something and thought, "Now, that’s not right. A detail or fact is plain wrong."

Zulu 7 has the experience to correct those issues. One member of the team, Dale Comstock, served in Delta Force. He’s an actor and also an author, so we had quite a bit to talk about! His book is coming out next month, and he’s also a character in my upcoming project titled Delta Moms.

Another unique aspect of the company is they work with different medias, not just TV and film. We’ve worked together on my books "Kauai Spy Games," "Recovery of Agent M," "A Spy for Christmas," "A Special Ops Christmas" and an unpublished book "Point Hope." There’s many more book and media projects in the pipeline — stay tuned!

Kristen James is married with six children. Read her Mondays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal site here.

Everyone I met was gracious and super friendly, especially Kane.


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