From the beginning Flirting with Forty has had a touch of magic. It was a story close to my heart, and a story not entirely all mine, but personal enough I could write with strong, clear emotion and even stronger conviction. Every book I write means something to me but truly, Flirting with Forty, has had a life of its own.
As many of you know, Flirting with Forty has been in the entertainment news with the movie currently in production. A week ago the cast and crew moved from Calgary to Hawaii where they’ve been filming for the past week. Many of my boyfriend’s surf instructors and beach girls have been extras on the North Shore scenes. Several Pi Phi alum friends from the Honolulu chapter will be extras tomorrow in the airport scenes. Other RWA author friends from the Aloha Chapter have been tapped for the Waikiki scenes this coming week. Even I will have a bit part, sitting or standing somewhere in the background of the Waikiki scenes. Ty and I jump on a plane Monday morning to return to Hawaii to visit the set and sit/stand/walk wherever we’re told. I don’t care if I don’t even get used as long as I can hang out on the set and just soak it all in. Who knows if any of my books will really make it to this stage again.
With the entertainment buzz, there’s bound to be photos and blurbs of Heather on the Flirting with 40 (how they title it) set. Just an hour ago my good friend, author Susanna Carr directed me to a clip of the film on TMZ.com. The link she sent me is: here: Look for the title on the left called, “Heather to Denise: Reality Bites!”
There are also pics of Heather surfing. One of my favorites is over at People.com, and it’s pic 7 of 17 under Star Tracks called “Hang 10” and shows Heather laying on her stomach on a surf board riding a wave. An even hotter shot of her is over at Perez Hilton’s gossip site.
Why is this story so popular? Why has Flirting with Forty touched so many? It’s been my biggest seller by far and all of a sudden I’m getting lots of reader fan mail again. Just this afternoon, within an hour, I had four fan emails saying how much they enjoyed Flirting with Forty. I’m not sure if the movie is generating interest in the book, or if the new mass market editions of Flirting are catching readers’ eyes, but either way, it’s wonderful to realize that Flirting with Forty is finding new fans.
If any of you see the new mass market editions of Flirting, let me know. I’d be curious to hear where you’re finding them. Are drug stores and grocery stores carrying them? Or is it just at bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble?
For the readers who are just discovering me–welcome. And for those who’ve been my friend and fan for awhile now, thank you for sticking around. I’m delighted Mrs. Perfect is on most Barnes & Noble shelves and I can’t wait to hear what you readers think about Taylor Young and her world.