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A Hollywood producer is interested in your book. Can you come up with an enticing logline (plot summary of 25 words or less)?
Okay, I cheated a bit (it's 28 words) but here is the logline for my upcoming release CHEF D'AMOUR (date TBA).
A production assistant on a romance reality program falls for the show's bachelor. But that behind-the-scenes love jeopardizes her job – and the security of her ailing grandmother.
I use a modified version of the Snowflake Method to plot my books, and the first thing you do is come up with a sentence like the above to encapsulate your novel. It usually changes by the end of the process, but it is a great exercise to get to the nucleus of your story.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Going strictly by her face, I'd choose Keira Knightley to play my heroine. Jemma Hedge is described by my hero, Paul Almeida, as a wicked fairy. Keira Knightley's sharp cheekbones, dark eyes and pointed chin fit really well. Also, she looks fabulous with a short hair cut, and Jemma's signature look is short at the nape, with long bangs tipped in fuschia pink for a bit of pizzazz.
As for Paul, that's harder for me. He's Portuguese, dark and handsome, with dimples that slash his cheeks when he smiles. Patrick Dempsey comes to mind, except he's not the right age. I'd have to study up on this. How horrible can it be, searching the 'net for good-looking guys? :)
Does the storyline of your novel compare with any films out there?
I'm not a huge movie watcher, so I'd have to say not that I know of. However, the novel takes place on the set of a television romance reality show called “Reservations for Two”. Think “Iron Chef” meets the “The Bachelor.” Thirteen women are given a cooking challenge. Then the Chef d'Amour, Paul, chooses the best and worst dish. He goes on a date with the woman who created the best dish, and then can either send her home (if he didn't enjoy the date) or eliminate the woman whose dish was the worst. So while it's not based on a movie, it certainly is based on the public's love of reality programming!
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