The Moment I Got An Option: My agent got in touch to say that a small production company wanted to place an option on The Thin Pink Line. I would get X up front, then Y if a TV movie got made or Z if it became a film. Really, it all sounded good to me. Here was this book that my previous agent hadn’t thought worth even bothering to submit and now someone wanted to pay me money just to reserve the right to try to develop it into something for the screen, small or large. I was still miserable and itching from the chicken pox, but I was pretty darn happy too. When I heard that the option holders were thinking Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon for the lead, I was a bit puzzled – neither seemed a good fit for playing whacko Londoner Jane Taylor – but unlike some authors before me, I had no interest in trying to control anything to do with the Hollywood process. Just send me my check, I figured, help me put my daughter through school. And, really, Sandra Bullock or Reese Witherspoon – who was I to object?