They like me. They really, really like me.
Now I know how Sally Field felt.
Film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer – one of Hollywood's best at getting the job done – has optioned my novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, and sold it to ABC Television as a dramatic series.
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 few, 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 breathe life into their characters.
Now my characters — Lyssa, Harry, Ted, DeeDee, and their motely crew of neurotic neighbors — will be brought to life.
And if our show is lucky enough to catch the zeitgeist left in the final season stardust trail of ABC's very popular hit series Desperate Housewives, my characters will have a chance to live long and prosper.
To all the readers who loved Lyssa and her story, I thank you for writing me to let me know, and telling me how much she (and I) touched your lives.
To all the book reviewers who sang the praises of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, I love you, too, and will always appreciate the role you played in encouraging readers to buy my book.
That said I'll let you know what I know, when I know it: who will star, when the show premiers, how well it does– hey, we can even watch together! You'll find me Tweeting and Facebooking every week a new show runs, so I hope you'll join me.
And I'll certainly be running a VERY SPECIAL CONTEST through the night of its premiere. More on that later….
In fact, if after doing so you answer this question correctly, I'll include your winning entry in a contest for one of 5 autographed copies of my latest novel The Baby Planner
What is the name of Harry's son?
Email your answer to: MailFromJosie@gmail.com,
no later than 11:59 pm PDT, Saturday December 10, 2011.
Thanks for helping me reach my star.
The clock hasn't struck twelve yet, so let's all get in one more dance,
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"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."
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