On Set

What an amazing week.

For one week I felt like a VIP. It was so cool. Being on the set was far more interesting, far more exciting and far more fun than I expected. Okay, I’m not a good extra. I got hot. And bored. And I’d wander away from the extras to behind the camera where I’d sit with a headset and listen in as the director gave directions and the actors did their scenes.

I met Heather on that first day, too, and then we talked on Wednesday, and then by Thursday I felt comfortable enough to hug her goodbye.

Jane with Heather Locklear on the set of Flirting with Forty

I have photos with Heather and pics with Robert Buckley. Rob and Heather wanted to meet Ty Gurney and they quizzed us on what it was like being the real Jackie and Kyall (as Kai is called in the movie). But it wasn’t just the stars who made me feel welcome. The crew went out of their way to be kind and make sure I enjoyed my days on the set. From Vicki who secured my first headset and chair, to Lotus in hair, and Casey and Linda in wardrobe, I was made to feel welcome and wanted. I know writers aren’t stars in Hollywood. Writers are very low on the totem pole of respect and power, but the crew and cast didn’t treat me that way. They thanked me for giving them work. They thanked me for giving women opportunities. And they asked about the book. They asked if the book differed from the script and wanted to know what I thought of the scenes I’d seen.

I told them what I’ll tell you: it’s great. It’s going to be such a fun holiday movie. Robert has a very hot bod and there was terrific chemistry between Heather and Rob. Now I didn’t watch them film the love scenes but I did see the surfing scenes and restaurant scenes and water fall scenes and I loved it. The director was brilliant and he brought this story to life. Lifetime should be proud. I’m proud.

It’s Saturday noon and I can’t wait to share more details and photos but right now I’m sitting at the gate at the Honolulu airport and they’re boarding my flight. If I don’t close my computer now, I won’t make the flight and as you know, I need to get home. There’s going to be a big launch party in just days and it’s time I became a writer and left the Hollywood glitz behind. However, do stay tune. More is coming. Much more!


  1. It all sounds exciting. I’m not normally one to re-read books but all the news on the movie makes me want to go back and re-read this one. 🙂

  2. Jane, glad you had uber fun! BUT I am soo jealous you met Robert Buckley in real life. He is sooo hot.

    can’t wait for the movie!!!!

  3. So happy I bought your book today. Hoping to finish it tomorrow.

    I’m so happy you met Heather & Robert.
    He seems like such a sweet guy, trapped in a Gigolo’s body.

    Thank you!

  4. Jane…such a cool and wonderful experience for you. I’m just so happy for you. When you wrote me over a year ago, you told me about the possibility of a movie being made and now it’s a reality!! See you at the launch in just a couple days!!

  5. What a fun experience to see the story you created come to life before your eyes. I can’t wait to see the movie!

    And, I can’t wait to see you at the party! Yay, Mrs. Perfect!

  6. Jane,

    Wow! I am so excited for the movie to come out. It will be extra special, since some of the scenes were filmed in Hawaii which is home for me. 🙂

    Much aloha, Julie

  7. Wow Jane, it’s happening! So excited for you! What a dream! I know all of us will be tuning in to watch in December! Can’t wait!

    Can I stowaway in your luggage next time? What an experience.


  8. Dear Jane,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I loved meeting you on the set of Flirting with 40! It was just so much fun! You are so beautiful inside and out! There was an article in the news paper on Nov 16, 2007 about you. I had to go back and read it again… Thank-you for having such a huge heart!
    And thank-you for all your doing for womens issues!
    Mrs. HI

  9. Hi Jane, I am a friend of Kristin Harmel’s and I just finished your book last night and absolutely LOVED it. I emailed Kristin and she sent me some photos of you in Hawaii. Congrats on everything!!

  10. Jane–hi. We missed you at the chapter meeting last night. I love seeing bits and pieces of your on-set life. You told us those stories (and those abs) at your book launch party, so I’ve been waiting to SEE the pictures. Glad you’re posting them to your blog. I’ll try to make it to the U-dist.

  11. My sweet Jane,As you know, I’ve read all he books you”ve done lately ( not including the ‘Sheik’ series ) and I love them all. I feel so blessed that you can call me Mom ! I can’t wait to see how you and my Ty are portraid
    in the film.
    And my “mother’s Day packages arrived today. I was speechless ! The jackets and shells were wonderful and fit as if they were
    made for me. Will try to catch you tonight
    Love and many hugs. Pat

  12. Hey Jane! You are a VIP!!! I’m so glad I met you! I finally had a chance to read your book last week, couldn’t put it down. It was so surreal for me, especially after meeting “Kai” and knowing the places you wrote about and my hubby working at the Halekulani all these years. (A real connection for me) I was totally visualizing it. I too can’t wait to see the fruits of our labor this December on Lifetime. We totally had a great time shooting “Forty”, especially watching the “poppers” trying to take Heather’s picture at every turn while me and others were trying to shield her. (A futile attempt at best) But hey, great publicity for the movie none-the-less, right? Hope all is well. Let’s go surfing when you come back out here. (you, Ty, Cedric and me) AWESOME GIRL, us “oldies” still ripping it up. Well sorta “ripping it up”. LOL
    Hugs and Kisses, Aloha, Vicki 🙂

  13. I just read this book, then picked it up and read it again! This is one fun book! I live in Hawaii, and just turned 42-which made this even better for me. I could picture a movie the whole time. I am so excited for this to come out!!! Thank you!!!!

  14. Hi Jane, I loved Flirting with forty!!!! I could not put the book down and it has been a long time for me. I could just picture Hawaii and want to go there so much. It sounds so peaceful and beauitiful. Thanks for the great read. gigi

  15. I also met you on Flirting with 40. It was a Waikiki beach day and you were behind the cameras. We talked about your book and shared that I was friends with Arlene, Mrs. Hawaii. It was so great to meet you and I hope the feature pleases you. It’s so wonderful to have great books such as yours that depicts women of our age and promotes the importance of materials, whether book or film, with which we can all relate. Maholo and best wishes.
    Pam Larson

  16. I have the book and it’s still buried in my TBR pile. The DH’s office party is Saturday night but the movie is scheduled on my DVR. Can’t wait to watch it! And we’ve been enjoying the cookies I won last month. They’re AWESOME!

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