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Monday, February 27, 2012

Guest Blog: Suzanne Brockmann: Writing Books Versus Making Movies

So who’s got an Oscar hangover this morning? And I’m not talking about the kind you get from imbibing in too much food and drink. I’m talking about the glued-to-your-TV-set-for-hours-and-hours-and-hours type of hangover, where you stay up much too late on a Sunday night because finding out which movie won the Oscar for best pictures matters.

Oscar night is my favorite holiday.

I’ve always loved movies. In fact, I became a romance writer as a kind of an alternative, sideways route to becoming a screenwriter.

See, back when I was just starting my writing career, I focused on writing screenplays and TV scripts. But back then, I was also a new mom. I had two kids in diapers and a husband who worked in New York City. So after I submitted my scripts to a Hollywood agent and he called to ask me when I was going to move to LA – because he’d rep me if I moved out there – I took a deep breath and told him that it would be about eighteen years before my youngest was out of school, so a move west wasn’t in my immediate future. He told me – and these words were burned into my brain – that I was a very good writer. But he said that there were ten very good writers who already lived in LA and were ready to do the leg work necessary to selling their scripts, and he was going to represent one of them instead of me.

It was the best rejection of my career. And in the aftermath of that phone call, I sat there doing what I do best, which is think outside of the box. As unknown writer A, I would have to move to LA to sell my screenplays. But you know who sold plenty of screenplays from his home in Maine?

So, following that logic, I surmised that if I could become a bestselling novelist, I wouldn’t have to move to LA to write and sell screenplays.(Oh, I was SO very young back then!)

In the days after that phone call, I decided that I’d write genre fiction – my goal was to entertain – and I took all of my screenwriting skills and incorporated them into writing romance novels that were as fast-paced and as visual as possible. I wanted my books to play out like movies inside of my readers’ heads.

Long story short, I outlined my first romance novel exactly the way I would’ve outlined a screenplay, and then sat down to write the book. It was an exhilarating experience, complete with a “Eureka!” moment as I realized that romance novels were, perhaps, the ultimate fit for my particular writing voice.

I discovered that I loved writing romance novels.

So I put my screenwriting career on hold and focused on writing books.

But my love for movies has never waned. And last year I collaborated with my husband, Ed Gaffney, (an Edgar-award-nominated thriller writer) and my son, Jason T. Gaffney, and together we three wrote a screenplay – a romantic comedy with a hero and a hero, called THE PERFECT WEDDING. And then, last summer, we used our very own production company, small or LARGE Productions, to shoot the movie.

We had a cast of over a dozen actors including James Reborn (Independence Day, Real Steel) and Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and a crew and production team of close to fifty hardworking people, including an enormously talented young director named Scott Gabriel.
We used a digital camera called “The Red” to create a movie with high production values, and shot our feature length indie film in twenty-one grueling days.

We’re currently in the final stages of post-production, with a hope to premiere THE PERFECT WEDDING at film festivals around the world, starting this spring. Find out more about TPW at http://www.theperfectweddingmovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/ThePerfectWeddingMovie

So what’s the biggest difference between writing a novel and writing (and the producing) a movie? For me, it’s all about the control. As a novelist, I am god. The story is mine, and mine alone.

As a screenwriter, I was already collaborating with two other very creative (and stubborn people before we moved into production mode. And remember those dozen actors and fifty crew and production team members I mentioned earlier? All of those people brought a little bit (or a lot!) of themselves to the process of telling this story. Making a movie is a team sport, and in order to make the best movie possible, you have to learn to pass the ball.

Things I cannot do: Edit a movie. Direct a movie. Light a room to film a movie. Move a camera on a dolly so that it doesn’t bump or shake. Wire dozens of actors for sound. Film a movie. Apply makeup to the actors so that they look great. Feed fifty-something hungry and hardworking people three times a day.

Well, maybe I could do that last one. I could not have done it alone.

My favorite part of the movie making process was casting the film. As one of the producers, I had input into the casting, and I was present for many of the auditions.

In fact, casting was so much fun, that when I began to plan my promotional efforts for my next book (BORN TO DARKNESS, the first in my new paranormal “Fighting Destiny” series), it didn’t take me long to decide to use my newfound skills and cast actors as the six main adult characters in the series, and then hold a photo shoot with my favorite NYC photographer, Shirin Tinati. http://www.shirintinati.com. I used her photos (and some video footage we shot, too) from that session to create “BORN TO DARKNESS Trading Cards,” and photo galleries, and book trailer videos so that readers could see the characters in this book exactly the way I see them.

Because even though I’ve only written two screenplays versus fifty-one novels in the past twenty years since I got that phone call from that Hollywood agent, I still write books using screenwriting outlining techniques, in hopes that my stories will play out like fast-paced and exciting movies in my readers’ minds.

GIVEAWAY ALERT: I have two copies of the CD audiobook of "BREAKING THE RULES" to give to two people who leave comments by midnight EST, 28 February. Please put your email address in the comment box!

BLURB: "BORN TO DARKNESS"
Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists--including women half his size--can kick his highly skilled ass.

Shane soon discovers that there are certain individuals who possess the unique ability to access untapped regions of the brain with extraordinary results-including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process. Known as "Greater-Thans," this rare breed is recruited by OI, where they are rigorously trained using ancient techniques to cultivate their powers and wield them responsibly.

But in the depths of America's second Great Depression, where the divide between the haves and the have-nots has grown even wider, those who are rich--and reckless--enough have a quick, seductive alternative: Destiny, a highly addictive designer drug that that can make anyone a Greater-Than, with the power of eternal youth. The sinister cartel known as The Organization has begun mass-producing Destiny, and the demand is growing. But few realize the drug's true danger, and fewer still know the dirty secret of Destiny's crucial ingredient.

Michelle "Mac" Mackenzie knows the ugly truth. And as one of the Obermeyer Institute's crack team of operatives, she's determined to end the scourge of Destiny. But her kick-ass attitude gets knocked for a loop when she discovers one of the new test subjects is the same smoldering stranger who just rocked her world in a one-night stand. And although Shane quickly discovers he isn't a Greater-Than like Mac, as an ex-SEAL, he's got talents of his own. But Mac's got powerful reasons to keep her distance from Shane-and reasons to want him close. She's used to risking her life, but now she faces sacrificing her heart in the ultimate war on drugs.

BLURB For Giveaway Book: "BREAKING THE RULES"
Izzy Zanella wasn't looking for another reason to butt heads with his Navy SEAL teammate and nemesis, Danny Gillman. But then he met Danny’s beautiful younger sister, Eden. When she needed it most, he offered her a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on—and more. And when she got pregnant with another man’s child, he offered her marriage. But Eden’s devastating miscarriage shattered their life together—and made the intense bad blood between Izzy and Danny even worse.

Now Eden's back, on a mission to rescue her teen brother, Ben, from their abusive stepfather. Even if she and Izzy can prove that their broken marriage is still in one piece, winning legal custody of Ben is a long shot. But they’re not alone: Danny and his girlfriend Jenn offer to help, and he and Izzy agree to bury the past and fight for Ben’s future.

As they plan their strategy, Izzy and Eden grapple with the raw passion that still crackles between them—while Danny and Jenn confront new depths in their own rocky relationship. But events take a terrifying turn after Ben befriends a girl fleeing a child prostitution ring. When the young runaway seeks refuge with Eden and Izzy, her pursuers kidnap Ben—and a deadly standoff begins. Now, they must all pull together like never before and strike back, swift and hard, to protect their unconventional little family and everything they hold most precious.

BIO:
Suzanne Brockmann is the award-winning author of fifty-one books, and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's #1 Favorite Book of the Year and two RITA awards.

Married to author Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Sarasota, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts and New York City. They have two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer and a writer, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer, and two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

Suz is a proud member of PFLAG -- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she has fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts.

Suzanne has an author page at: http://www.romancebooksrus.com. Come and visit!

Website: http://www.suzannebrockmann.com
facebook main page: http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks
twitter: @SuzBrockmann

See pictures of my “cast” of "BORN TO DARKNESS" at:
http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/fd1btdcastlist.html

Find out more about "BORN TO DARKNESS" at:
http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/FD1BornToDarkness.html

Join my official countdown to "BORN TO DARKNESS" at:
http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/fd1btdcountdown.html

Get a virtually signed copy of "BORN TO DARKNESS" (plus a bonus “Extra” Jules Robin short story) at:
http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/fd1btdvirtualsigning.html

Find out more about TPW a:
http://www.theperfectweddingmovie.com and http://www.facebook.com/ThePerfectWeddingMovie

139 comments:

Dr. Debra Holland said...

What a wonderful story, Suzanne! I love how you're making your dream come true. Best of luck with your movie. At some point, I hope you'll have DVDs for sale because all your fans will want to view it.

drdebra@earthlink.net

Kayelle Allen said...

I love your books and enjoy reading about the various SEALs and their partners, but my favorite characters are Jules and Robin. They have such unique voices. Would love to know these guys in real life. Can't wait for the movie! Good luck and congratulations on achieving a dream.

sempervians@yahoo.com

Paris said...

I've been a fan since "Prince Joe" and have looked forward to each new story. Thanks for sharing your screenwriting journey with us today. It sounds like an adventure that isn't over yet. Good luck!

And of course the fan-girl in me is looking forward to Born To Darkness:)

parisbrandon.author@parisbrandon.com

Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on The Perfect Wedding. How cool to be able to work with your hubby and son. :)

Saranna DeWylde said...

That sounds like a fantastic adventure. Great cast, too!

And the plotting your books like a movie, that's cool. I always admire an author who can sit down and plot everything out. I'm a total pantster.

Best of luck!

Tabitha Shay said...

Loved learning about your screenwriting journey. How funny that the very first novel I ever wrote, I did it as a screen play. Fifteen at the time, I had no idea what I was doing. It would be years later before I attempted to write a novel. I love the fact that your in control of your work. Congrats on the movie making. Best of luck to you.

tabshay at gmail dot com

P McCrillis said...

I can imagine your writing life would have been dramatically different had you made that move to LA twenty some years ago. Still able to do what you love to do -write romance - and maybe have opportunities to step outside the Box while doing it, but I suspect not nearly as much as when you are the director, producer, entire film cast and crew, of your own book. Your books are wonderful and I look forward to the new series. Congratulations on producing your first film!

Rhonda D said...

Wow! Both of these books sound like winners! I can't wait to read them. Definitely adding to my tbr list. Thanks for the great excerpts and giveaways.
slinkydennis@yahoo.com

Dee Graham said...

What does it feel like for you as a writer to switch places in your head as you capture perspectives from the view of your straight female characters to you gay male characters and others? Did your PFLAG experience help you to gender-bend within your own mindset and cultural frameworks as you wrote? Can you talk about this fluid journey as a writer? Can't wait to see the Wedding!

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Debra!

Thanks!

We expect to screen the movie in festivals (particularly GLBT fests) across the country. I'll be posting the screening schedule on my website and on facebook! (You'll probably hear me shouting about it from your house! LOL!)

But yes, we'll definitely make it available for sale in DVD and also streaming. Although at this point, we're still looking for an official distributor to do just that!

-- Suz

jbiggar said...

I think your life is so amazing! You've accomplished so many wonderful milestones and seem to have super strong family ties. I love your books, your one of those writers that I don't even have to ponder on whether to buy the book or not. Looking forward to the new team coming up in your next series but glad that you never retired Jules, hopefully not Sam or Izzy either, lol

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Kayelle!

I'm so glad you love Jules and Robin -- for so many reasons!

You know, I just wrote a new short story with them, called Beginnings and Ends. I'm giving it away as an "extra" with my virtual signing. More info on my website!

It was so much fun writing that story and spending time with my guys again!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Paris!

Wow, PRINCE JOE!

That was really the book that launched my career all those years ago! (I have a special place for Joe in my heart!)

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Tina!

It is tremendously fun to work with Ed and Jason. And with THE PERFECT WEDDING, my mom helped, too! She was in charge of finding extras for some of the crowd scenes, and she really delivered! We were able to film a church wedding scene with well over a hundred people in the pews -- which is a tough get for a low budget indie film!

Last night at the Oscar's one of the short film awards went to a family who made a movie -- I loved that!!!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Saranna,

Every writer has to find her/his own method! I'm always in awe of pantsers!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Tabitha!

Hey, I wrote my first novel when I was 17 -- during high school chemistry class! LOL! It was Star Trek fan fic, and it starred me and my friend, Denny. (She had a romance with Kirk and I got Spock. Fascinating...)

- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, P!

Yeah, talk about alternative reality!

Funny thing -- Jason just moved to L.A. (In fact he's packing his apartment in NYC and loading the truck tomorrow. Gonna drive a uhaul across to his new apartment just outside of Hollywood!)

Full circle, right?

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Rhonda!

Lots of fun photos and blogs and posts and links over on my BORN TO DARKNESS Countdown pages on my website! (And tomorrow evening, a facebook chat with audiobook narrator Patrick Lawlor, whom I absolutely adore!)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, JBiggar!

I just addressed a BORN TO DARKNESS virtual signing bubblepack envelope with your name on it last night during the pre-Oscar runway show! LOL!

It's so much fun to see familiar names year after year!

Thanks for participating in the Virtual Signing!

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

I'll be back a bit later to answer more questions and say hi!

I just want to say thank you to the gang at this terrific blog for letting me drop by! (Thank you!)

-- Suz

Sandy said...

I watched the Oscars last night,too, Suzanne. I was glad to see Billy Crystal back even though some think he's boring.

What a story you have lived. It sounds like you'll achieve every goal you want to.

jean hart stewart said...

Your writing skills are well known and of course I appreciated the excerpt. But I really want to congratulate you on your invovlement with FLAG. So much needs to be done in that area.

jswriter@earthlink.net

Pat F said...

I have loved and bought all your books, (ordered one for virtual signing), but after reading, I LOVE to listen to the audio version. Patrick Lawlor and his female partner(can't remember her name, sorry) are the best I've heard. It really brings the book alive. Thanks for such wonderful stories.

Liz said...

Suzanne that is amazing! the books, the movie, all of it. You are destined for greatness no doubt about it.
etcrowe at me dot com.

Ray said...

Suz,

Great blog. I've been to a couple of signings in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. I remember the one you did for the SEAL who needed a bone marrow transfusion.

From listening to you and Ed speak I know how persuasive you can be and how why the movie got made. Are you ever going to come back to Hampton Roads?

I am going to have to read Breaking The Rules as I remember the rocky marriage from the previous book. Your new book sounds great.

Keep up your good work as well. As you know a member of my family is Gay.

Ray

Na said...

Suzanne, I love the way you look at things and that is with a positive attitude. I really think that is one of your and anyone's best asset because rather than letting the bad fester, they learn from it and choose to see the good. It sounds like it was the best rejection because it enabled you to focus on doing something you do best. I recently discovered your Troubleshooter series and am happily working my way through it. Thank you for a great post and keep writing.

Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lisa Kessler said...

Wow!!! What a fabulous story! :)

Congratulations on seeing your movie dream become reality!!! WOOT!!!

Can't wait to see it...

Lisa :)

LdyDisney@aol.com

Jennifer Probst said...

What a wonderful accomplishment and even greater story! I, for one, am thrilled you took your talents to romance because your books are amazing and always on my keeper shelf! Can't wait for the movie, so excited, and a big congrats for such wonderful accomplishments!

Lynette Ott said...

I first discovered how great an author you were with the Tall, Darl and Dangerous series. Then I discovered the Troubleshooters series, but didn't have a lot of time to read them - but I could listen to them as I drove to work, shopping, exercising, etc. Just finished Breaking The Rules (I love Izzy!) and have been reading your blogs on the upcoming new book. Not really into futuristic, but got the short story on my Kindle, and now am waiting for the audiobook to come out! Keep those great stories coming!

lynnott@frontiernet.net

Amy Black said...

Suz,

Love your books and can't wait to read the new series. Also I really can't wait to read the new Jules and Robin short story. I really love your virtual signings.

Thanks,
Amy

amyb1110@hotmail.com

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MrsReddog said...

I cannot wait to see your movie!! You keep me on the edge with each book and I look forward to every new one!!

dilligaff3@gmail.com

Desiree Holt said...

Love the plot of the movie and the concept of the new series. I think I own every book you've every written-some of them both print and digital. I love your SEALs and Troubleshooters and I have to say I'm finally glad Izzy's story was told. It was one of the best.

Adele Dubois said...

I also love movies and watching the Oscars. Big congrats on shooting your own film! I wish you all the best for your continued success!

~Adele

Desere said...

AWESOME GIVEAWAY !!!!!! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN !

Desere

desere_steenberg@yahoo.com

Donna Steele said...

You're a mother, you can do anything! At least that's what I've come to believe. And you've given me so much pleasure!

mimirose41209 said...

OMG!! Breaking the Rules is one of my favorite books of your. Izzy is my fiction boyfriend. I love him and Eden. I think Patrick is an audio God.

I was able to tweet with you and Jason last night during the Oscars and I think Jason is right ~Joss Wheedon to work with you on a B2D tvshow. The fangirl in me would be there in nanoseconds.

Thank you for all you do for your fans esp during the countdown. The photos and videos have me so excited fir the book.

Marilyn ~ wiggiemd said...

Both of these books sound great! I can't wait to read them...added to my TBR list.

Thanks for the great excerpts and giveaway chance

wiggiemd@gmail.com

Angylinni said...

I love your books! I've been waiting for Izzy's story since you first introduced him.

angylinni@yahoo.com

Judith said...

Suzanne, I have been reading your books for YEARS! Thank you so much for them. Your characters are so real and I wish they would be made into movies, especially as I would love to "see" Sam and Alyssa, and Jules and Robin, and all the others! You are definitely one of my authors that I re-read ALL THE TIME! I am really looking forward to your new series. All the best to you and your family, and your future books. Judith

Janice Seagraves said...

Oh darn, I missed the Oscars this year.

Happy writing and I wish you well with your releases.

Janice~

Anonymous said...

First of all, thanks, To RBrUs for shining a light on my most favorite author. If any of you haven't discovered Suz yet, get to the bookstore at once!!!
Can't wait for tomorrow for you and Patrick. Double treat. And best of luck to Jason on his big move!

Kim Cee

Cara Marsi said...

I loved reading about your screenwriting experience. Really interesting. I saw you at NJRW and met your son and parents. What a nice family. I wish you all the best with your movie, and I can't wait to see it.

I'm also hungover from the Oscars. I love watching the Oscars. Haven't missed one since I was old enough to stay up.

Cara Marsi said...

Forgot to leave my email. This is how hopeful I am to win:

carolyn4books@aol.com

Joy said...

While I am looking forward to "A Perfect Wedding" I am very glad that you went down an unknown path and gave us Izzy, er...I mean all the Troubleshooters.
T. Joy Greger
tjoygreger@gmail.com

Nina Pierce said...

There's nothing better than having a book read like a movie. I've always felt your books were wonderfully written that way.

Best of luck with your new movie venture.

Nina Pierce said...

Oops. Nina AT NinaPierce.com Thanks for the giveaway!

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Sandy!

I'm a big Billy Crystal fan. Did you know he hosted one of the Oscars (years ago) with a 104 degree fever?

Best. Oscars. Ever.

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, Jean!

I agree! And for those who want more info on PFLAG (parents friends & family of lesbians and gays) you can find it at www.PFLAG.org

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, Pat F!

Patrick has been my male POV reader ever since Brilliance Audiobooks started producing my audiobooks!

Originally, he read with Melanie Ewbank, but she took some time off to have a baby.

But she's back for both UNSTOPPABLE (which comes out tomorrow and is the reissue of LETTERS TO KELLY and LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER, and for BORN TO DARKNESS.

Patrick and Melanie do such awesome work! It's beyond cool to have really good actors bring my books to life through their reading. (VERY cool!)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Liz!

I appreciate your kind words!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Ray!

Of course I remember you!

(I'm pretty good with remembering readers, but you gotta admit that, being a guy, you're at an extra advantage! LOL!)

I hope you're well -- no plans to come back to VA Beach in the near future -- maybe I can convince my publisher to put it onto next year's tour!

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, Na!

Hey, a Hollywood screen writing agent CALLED ME UP!!! To tell me he liked my script and that I was a good writer!

If only all rejections had been that lovely! LOL!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Lisa!

It was really cool to take this story that Ed and Jason and I wrote, and to watch it come to life with the help of all of these other talented and dedicated people.

We got so many great people who were willing to become involved -- because they believed in the script, which was really gratifying!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Jennifer P!

I'm honored to be on your keeper shelf!

-- Suz

Nancy Goodwin said...

I love the premise for this new series. I know I will love the books; I automatically buy ANYTHING you write. I have always wanted to see your Troubleshooters books as movies. I have meant to thank you for writing back to me on Facebook when I mentioned my son trying to remember the rules for a game. You're the greatest!
nancy-goodwin@att.net

Suz Brockmann said...

Thank you, Lynette!

I appreciate your giving BORN TO DARKNESS a chance! (Hope you like it!)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, Amy!

I have your copy of BEGINNINGS AND ENDS the new Jules and Robin short right here! (If only you could reach in through the computer screen....!)

I look forward to the books arriving so that I can sign yours!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Mrs. Reddog!

How lovely to see you here!

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Desiree!

Thank you so much!

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Adele!

Ed and I printed out the list of Oscar noms and tried to see everything.

It was fun to go down the list!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Desere!

Hope you win -- the audiobooks are SO GOOD!!!!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Yes, Donna S, I agree!

Lotta power and determination!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Marilyn!

Nice to meet you!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Angylinni,

You know, when I first wrote from Izzy's point of view -- it was in INTO THE STORM -- I was sitting at the computer, and I started laughing out loud, because I knew -- KNEW -- that Patrick Lawlor would read him perfectly.

It was Patrick's voice in my head that I heard, as I wrote Izzy. So the audiobooks where Izzy's a major player (like BREAKING THE RULES) really rock. IMO.

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Judith!

Thank you for your kind words!

I would love to see the TS series made into a TV series. That would be fun.

The books are just too dense to translate well into a movie. But for TV, like HBO, where we could use Navy SEAL language... That would be cool.

(Alan Ball - Call me! LOLOL!!!!)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Janice!

-- Suz

Hai-Yen said...

Hello Ms. Brockmann,

I never miss Oscars night and I was happy that Billy Crystal was asked to host it again! He did a great job as I was laughing my head off. I also enjoy the suspense and excitement of finding out if my pick would win the award.

I love to read and you are one of the many authors I have yet had the pleasure of reading but you are definitely on my TBR list.

Thank you for doing what you do as there are many readers like myself who really enjoy a great book.

Hai-Yen
hai-yen.huynh@sympatico.ca

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Kim!

Nice to see you here!

We are glued to the weather channel, because the entire U.S. is going to get hammered this week -- while Jason and a good friend drive a uhaul truck from NYC to LA.

Yikes.

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Cara!

Yeah, it was really cool that the NJRW conference became a family affair!

I brought my mom and dad up from Florida with me for a coupla reasons -- 1) they love attending writing conferences and listening to me speak! and 2) my mom grew up in Montvale New Jersey, and she'd organized a high school class reunion. (The timing was really great.)

It was fun having them there. (And Jason took the train from NYC...)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thank, Joy!

I'm glad, too!

In the years since that fateful phone call, I've written over 51 novels and two (2) screenplays.

I think I kinda like the novel writing thing!

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Thank you so much, Nina!

Making a movie is such a long process -- we're almost done with post-production.

Then comes the fun part -- showing the movie to people at festivals!

We're hoping to get into the Sarasota Film Festival, which is where FORCE OF NATURE is set! (Kinda cool! Wonder if I'll run into Jules and Robin at some of the parties?!?)

-- Suz

Anonymous said...

My first comment got eaten ... UGH!

OMG! I love Breaking the Rules! Izzy is my fiction boyfriend and I love him and Eden together.

Like many others I think Patrick Lawlor is an audio God and works very well with both Melanie Eubanks and Renee Raudman. I tend to listen to your books then read them;)

I had a great time tweeting with you and Jason last night during the Oscars. And I agree with Jason ~ B2D should be made into a TV show with Joss Whedon working with you! This fan girl would be there in a nanosecond.

Thanks again for doing all you do for us the fans during thee countdowns and I can't wait for the new book!

mimirose41209 at hotmail dot com

Suz Brockmann said...

Thanks, Nancy!

I think my readers are the greatest, so it's all good!

Hugs,
Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hey, Hai-Yen!

Nice to meet you!

I enjoyed Billy's hosting, too.

And I was really rooting for THE ARTIST, so I was a happy camper! (I'm a big Meryl Streep fan, too!)

-- Suz

Suz Brockmann said...

Hi, Mimirose!

Yes! Renee Raudman was also very good! I agree!

And I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan so, that works for me! I'll tell Jace to set up that meeting for me! LOL! (Now that he's moving to LA...)

hugs,
Suz

irisblues said...

Thanks for sharing your journey. I love!! the Troubleshooters and especially enjoy the audiobooks as I drive to and from work. Looking forward to Born to Darkness.

Debbie B

irisblues@hotmail.com

Charlene Roberts said...

Hi Suzanne! Enjoyed your story very much. I know a little bit about the movie making, but I was on the "crew" side of things, and you're right - everyone has a little to add to make a great movie. Keep going with that dream, because soon enough you're going to be MORE famous! lol

Best of luck to you, Charlene

charlene.l.roberts@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Suz, I love your books!! You have introduced me to so many wonderful characters, new authors & some great new friends! Thank you for being so good to all of us fans!
(oh & Patrick does a fabulous job on the audiobooks!)
Thanks again for all you do!
Renee

sassi_73@yahoo.com

Marianne Stephens said...

Suzanne,
Thanks so much for guest blogging with us...great comments to go along with your fascinating blog!
How exciting to actually produce a movie...what an accomplishment to add to your fabulous career!

Anonymous said...

Love your books, and I am looking forward to seeing this movie one day. Glad you stuck with your dreams.
Patricia
panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

Winnie P said...

I hope to be able to catch a showing of The Perfect Wedding. Best of luck with the movie distribution.
I'm very glad to have discovered your books a few years ago. Here's to many more. Thanks!

winnie968 -at- yahoo -dot- com

Golden said...

One of my colleagues introduced me to your books and I have to admit you have become one of my favorite writers. That said I look forward to more of your work; I am glad you were turned down with your first screenplay for we would have lost a great romance writer. Golden as TheRareSapphire@gmail.com

Cynthia Arsuaga said...

How exciting! I've read all the comments and am in awe of your accomplishments. I'm going to check out your website after signing off here. Thanks for honoring us at RBRU.

Sandy said...

Suz, what a dedicated man Billy is to work through a 104 degree temperature.

He's a wonderful man.

fajrdrako said...

I love the Oscars too. It's the romance of film. Looking forward to all your upcoming projects!

azurite@rogers.com

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