What's up, Everyone?
Thanks so much for dropping by my blog. At first, I was hesitant to do a blog...after all, any of my Facebook friends will tell you I put almost all my business on Facebook (my mother now prefaces everything she tells me with "I better not see this on Facebook!"). But I know my audience expands far past Facebook, so blogging seemed like a natural progression. Be forewarned, I'll be talking about everything - from books to babies, life to love, and everything in between. I know some of you who come through may be true-blue fans. Others may just have stumbled across my site through a search engine. Some may just want to drop in from time to time. And a few may just come through to be nosey:-). But whatever your reasoning, I'm glad you're here!
So, sit back, relax and enjoy...a little piece of my mind...
Where do I begin....I guess with the question I get asked almost every day...when is the movie coming out?
I wish I knew!
Hollywood is different beast. When I got the call in 2007 from Rev. Juanita Bynum that she wanted my permission to take my book to Hollywood, all I could think was, Do you want me to drive you? Very long story short, she took the book to someone who got a production company on board and the next thing I know, I was having conversations about becoming "the female Tyler Perry." We were well into casting, the script, we even had the title soundtrack. As Executive Producer, I was to be on set during filming. So, a couple of days before shooting, I was packed and ready to go! Truthfully, I was shocked because I was on the fast track to the screen. Then everything came to a screeching halt. There was one delay after another, after another. The option expired and my hopes were dashed. Enter one of my favorite actresses, Regina King. Midway through the project, she had signed on to make her directorial debut and after all the delays, remained committed to the film. Through the company she has with her sister, Royal Ties Productions, she decided to forge ahead. You know how they say God does everything for a reason, well all my frustrating delays were so that we could get here to today - with a talented director, a dedicated producer and a wonderful screenplay. And in a rare opportunity - me, the author - involved every step of the way.
So right now, the movie is still on and forging ahead. We are in the pre-production stage and hopefully, prayerfully, soon, we can move forward with no more delays. If all goes as planned, we'll be in theaters in the spring of 2011. Wish I could give you more but that's all I can share for now:-). But I will tell you, I'm learning sooo much about the movie business and if this movie never gets finished, the information I've garnered is a blessing in and of itself.
Of course, I'll keep you posted on the movie's progress on my new blog. I'm confident that we'll get this movie finished and I'll make my acting debut (Usually, authors just get cameos, but I'm trying to get some dialogue so a casting agent can see me and discover that I'd be PERFECT to play opposite Denzel in his next movie....what, a sistah can't dream???)