Young Adult I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME author Lisa Schroeder's FAR FROM YOU, about a sixteen-year-old's reluctant road trip with herstepmother and new baby sister, and the terror that ensues after theyend up lost in the snow-covered woods, again to Michael del Rosario atSimon Pulse, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger.(From Publishers Marketplace)
Fabulous News, Lisa!
Today, we feature Courtney Sheinmel author of, My So-Called Family. Courtney has dreams of meeting one of the stars she would cast in her movie, the fantabulous, George Clooney. (But don’t we all?)
Courtney: Like most authors, I have fantasized about my book being picked up by a production company and made into a movie. I hope I’d get to visit the set, and eat at the Craft Services table, and get to wear those cool headphones.
It’s hard for me to decide who to cast in MY SO-CALLED FAMILY, the movie (not that I’d have any say in the matter, but as long as I’m fantasizing, I’ll pretend that I do). I picture my narrator, Leah, kind of like me at 13, except taller, which presents a couple of problems: (1) I’m not 13 anymore, and (2) I really can’t act at all. But I’d love Abigail Breslin to play Leah – she is absolutely adorable and incredibly talented, and we have sort of the same hair color, so it would go with my vision of Leah being like me, even though Abigail Breslin is probably already taller than I am.
I’m still working on who to cast as Leah’s mother and half-brother, but one thing I know for sure is who should play Leah’s stepfather, Simon: George Clooney. I love George Clooney. I’ve loved him since he was Falconer on “Sisters,” and I watched every episode of ER that he was in. If he played Simon, then maybe I’d get to meet him and even have my picture taken with him!
But with or without George Clooney, if MY SO-CALLED FAMILY were really made into a movie, I would be thrilled no matter what. Maybe I’d even score a walk-on role, and I’d definitely check out Craft Services.