They like me. They really, really like me.
I now know how Sally Field felt.
Writers have their own version of The Other 99 Percent.
Concurrently, there is the 1 Percent, too: those authors who have been lucky enough have some pretty powerful -- and persistant -- fairy godfolk to help them prosper in this quirky profession. Like an agent who wiped off the slush around them and saw a gem of a great book. And an editor who fell in love with the author's voice and charactres, and heralded the book through committee, so that it could be published. And let's not forget the publishing houses are willing to make spend money -- on co-op, to keep it on the bookstores' front tables, and on promotion, to make the right audiences aware of it.
And then there's the booksellers who read it, and talked it up to their loyal customers.
Sadly, I was never in this lucky minority.
But now I'm in an even more stellar clique, thanks to film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer -- one of the gale forces of Hollywood -- who plucked my novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, out of what I presume was a pile of other like-minded mama dramas, my book will now be a television show on ABC.
People, this so RARELY happens. Yes, there have been some hit-it-out-of-the park novel-to-TV-series adaptations. Charlaine Harris's True Blood is a perfect example.
But they are rare, and far between.
So, yes, I know: I could not be more blessed.
Wow. ABC! I remember Sunday evenings, sitting in front of our television set waiting anxiously for Tinkerbell to sprinkle me with some of that Disney magic.
Better late than never.
And I could not have asked for a better Prince Charming to take me to my very first Hollywood ball.
Everything I've been told about Mr. Bruckheimer makes me happy that he's whisked me out onto the the dance floor. Through his production companies, he has built a great team of executive producers. He looks for strong, hardworking writers, and he builds stellar casts from actors who work hard to breath life into their characters.
Now my characters -- Lyssa, Harry, Ted, DeeDee, and their motely crew of screwy neighbors -- will be brought to life.
And if our show is lucky enough to catch the zeitgeist left in the final season startdust trail of ABC's very popular hit series Desperate Housewives, my characters will have a chance to live long and prosper.
I have loved the community here at RedRoom.com. It is where I've learned, grown up, and found the passion to succeed.
I hope you've all found it, too. In fact, I know you have, because I see it in your eyes as you read about the trials and tribulations and successes of others. It's this platform, to trade writing tips and war stories that drives us forward--
Because, yes, it can happen to any of us.
And will continue to do so.
Just stay in the game.
Because my motto is now validated: Last. Author. Standing.
With love and respect,
In bookstores now!
"Hollywood's got nothing on the cast of characters living in the bedroom community of Paradise Heights, who have the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover story. Josie Brown is a skilled observer whose clever dialogue and feisty style make for truly entertaining reading."
—Jackie Collins, bestselling author of Hollywood Wives
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