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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Movies, Grades, and Books, Oh My!

Movies, Grades, and Books, Oh My!

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It’s one thing to know a film for We Hear the Dead is in the works. It’s another thing to be sent photographs of the filming locations under consideration. When the producer emailed me pictures of her #1 choice for location last week, it hit home. This is really happening.

Casting is in progress, and even though I had to bow out of writing the screenplay, they promised to send me the script for feedback. And it’s more than just a courtesy. I feel as if my opinion is really valued. They hope to start filming in mid-November. I could have production stills to share after Thanksgiving!  I might even have a DVD in my Christmas stocking!
Meanwhile, back on the home front, I’m coming up on the end of a trimester, with all the resulting grading and report card work. And I’m happy to report I’ve been reading a lot. Some of it is beta reading, but I also polished off several books this month:
In a Fix by Linda Grimes (Linda, the champagne glasses! For shame!)
Feedback by Robison Wells
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

I’m now working simultaneously on:

Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
And waiting for me in the wings are:
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Sanctum by Sarah Fine
Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers
The Scribe by Susan Kaye Quinn
What are YOU reading?

21 Responses to Movies, Grades, and Books, Oh My!

  1. Jemi Fraser says:

    I’ve got Ten waiting on my nightstand and I’m about to start Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities. 🙂

    It’s amazing how quickly your movie (that sounds so cool!!) is coming together 🙂

  2. Oh wow! Congrats again on the movie.

    What am I reading? Giving Up the Ghost by Gwen Gardner and Grape Bubblegum by Beth Bowland, both fellow bloggers. 🙂

  3. Hi Dianne .. that’s great about the film – it will be so interesting to follow through with it – how great .. congratulations.

    Books – just so many to read … oh my = I agree!! Cheers Hilary

  4. A movie! That’s so cool! You must be so excited. I can’t wait to hear more.

  5. that is so exciting! I haven’t been getting nearly enough reading done lately. After these revisions are done, I’m definitely going to need a splurge, though.

  6. I’m listening to “Fellowship of the Ring” (so glad they finally got the unabridged books in audio rather than dramatizations). Plus I’m reading “King’s Champion” to hubby. And I just barely started a newly written gothic romance called “Come to the Tower, Love”. Haven’t read anything by this author before.

    Too exciting about the movie!

  7. Sun Singer says:

    I’m glad the movie really is becoming a movie. Your TBR book list looks a bit chaotic.


  8. Oh my gosh—squee, so exciting!!!

    I’m reading tons of contemp YA in prep to write one! 😀

  9. I’m so excited for you, Dianne. 😀

    I’ve read TEN and Sanctum. Both great books. My 12 yo is reading TEN and he is loving it too.

    I’m getting ready to write a New Adult contemp, so I’m reading a lot of those, as well as a lot of YA contemp.

  10. I’m so excited for you about the film! So awesome! I’m reading The Mysterious Benedict Society– a recommendation from a 12 year old girl I work with. She has great taste in books!

  11. Lydia Kang says:

    OMG, a film? That is so amazing! Can I say that I knew you way back when before you were crazy famous???

  12. Linda G. says:

    Ha! Bet you’ll never sip champagne again without thinking of my book. 😉

    So exciting about the movie!! It’s wonderful that they’re giving you input like that. It must be positively thrilling to watch it all unfold. 😀

  13. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that all of this is happening for you. You know I loved the book, and I can’t even imagine how cool it will be to see on the screen “Based on the book We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni”!!! Squuuueeeeeee!!!

    Just so happy for you, there are no words, just huge virtual hugs and extra exclamation points LOL !!!


  14. Angela Brown says:

    The movie progress sounds so very exciting!

    And I’m reading Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach and Transcend by Christine Fonseca. Two very different genre extremes and I’m enjoying them both.

  15. LTM says:

    Hey! I didn’t know you got a movie deal! That is TOO COOL–super congrats! I can totally see that book being a fun movie.

    How awesome. Can’t wait to see it! 😀 <3

  16. I love reading about this journey. It’s my dream to have a story made into a film, so do keep us posted. I consume this stuff like a snake in an egg factory … or something. 🙂

  17. Wow! Congrats! So excited for you!

  18. Tonja says:

    I’m reading Coal Towns: Life, Work, and Culture in Company Towns of Southern Appalachia by Crandall A. Shifflett. It’s a slow read so far.

  19. Susan Oloier says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. Dianne, I am absolutely thrilled to hear your news!!! Beyond thrilled. I can’t wait to read more updates about the movie.
    What am I reading? I am going to begin Neverlove soon. Right now I am reading my own wips.

  20. I’m reading Sanctum right now! So good.

  21. So cool! Congratulations! 🙂