I know I've been missing in action lately, and I haven't given this blog much attention over the last couple of months. I'm doing my best to respond to all the well-wishes I've been receiving via Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail, and I'm hard at work on my next book, Covet. I appreciate all the comments you've left here at funny in the 'hood, and I'm so thankful that you're still dropping by.
I've received a large number of inquiries from readers asking if On the Island will ever be turned into a movie. Many of you have cast your vote for who should play T.J. and Anna, and I always smile when I think of seeing my characters on the big screen.
Especially him. Hello, Taylor Kitsch. You'd make a fantastic T.J.
Could Anne Hathaway be any lovelier as Anna? I don't think so.
I love you, John Goodman. You'd be wonderful as seaplane pilot Mick. Sorry about killing you in the first chapter.
All kidding aside, I received some fantastic news yesterday and I'm beyond thrilled to announce that On the Island has been optioned for a feature film by MGM. I never thought I'd ever type those words.
I want to give my heartfelt thanks to my agent, Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management, and her co-agent in Hollywood, Steve Fisher, of the Agency for the Performing Arts, for making this happen. I couldn't be in better hands.
I want to thank all of you, especially those of you who have been with me since I started blogging almost four years ago. You were there when I announced I was going to spend my blogging time attempting to write a novel so I could cross it off my bucket list. The result of that endeavor has been a dream come true, and my gratitude is endless.
I also want to thank the readers who have written to me to say that On the Island made them laugh and cry. Your wonderful feedback has made me laugh and cry, too, and none of this would have been possible without you.
P.S. Some of you may have noticed that all the pictures have disappeared from my blog. If you're ever on Google+ and you want to delete a photo album and you get a warning that says, "If you delete this album all pictures contained within will disappear from the Internet completely - do you still want to delete?" Don't be a ding-dong and think, "Eh, that probably won't happen, click!" Because, yeah, it will.