• Pub Date: January 3, 2012
• Publisher: Helm Publishing
• Format: Paperback/Ebook, 234 pages
• Age Range: Adult
Things are often not what they seem in the decadent lifestyles of the rich and famous. Life can be messy and at times people do what feels wrong, because in the end it may turn out to be the best decision ever made. A close bond between 5 lifelong friends, now of college age, find the limits of their relationships are tested when multiple secrets and lies begin to surface, which ultimately leave them wondering if it is all too much to move forward as the family they once were. Forbidden love, drug dealing, date rape, betrayal, cheating, and more begin to unravel the strong ties between friends. Can they overcome secrets which warrant a very difficult life altering response?
by Jennifer Brown-Thomas
My tastes in novels as well as films are nothing if not eclectic. I love a good horror story, but I also love a good romance or mystery. Ten of my favorites are listed below, in no special order:
- Silence of the Lambs
- The Shining
- The Notebook
- Danielle Steel’s Family Album
- Danielle Steel’s Secrets
- Girl, Interrupted
- The Last Song
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
I’ve enjoyed watching each of these transform from a novel, or several novels in the case of Twilight, to being showcased on the silver screen. Danielle Steel’s adaptations of ‘Secrets’ and ‘Family Album’ were shown only on television, while I got to watch ‘The Last Song,’ in theaters upon its release. Of course, amongst all the novels adapted into film, my favorite is—Blissful Lies! I hope its one you enjoy as well!
A novel I’m looking forward to seeing adapted next year is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ Since my upcoming novel, Vindictive Grounds, is projected to be the next ‘Fifty’ it will be interesting to see how readers respond to it.
You hear readers and moviegoers often compare the novels they read to the films they’ve been adapted in to, generally finding the movie to be less amazing than the film was. During my experience of creating Blissful Lies the novel, I learned why that is… Of course a writer can capture the full effect of a scene on paper, but when it comes to implementing it on film—all the stars have to align—the lighting, the actors, the chemistry, the sounds around the shooting location, the perfect location, the timing and most importantly—your shoot schedule. If everything isn’t exactly right, it can throw an entire scene off. But while you’re reading, your mind gets to create the scenery, the characters, the chemistry… and its often much more amazing in the confines of your creative brain than it might ever be on film.
Thanks so much for having me! I look forward to hearing what your readers think.
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At just 25 years old, Jennifer Brown-Thomas is a celebrated book author and movie director. Her first novel, Blissful Lies, combines both of her passions.
At the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, she presented Blissful Lies (the movie) starring Emmy award winning actress, Leann Hunley. YTINIFNI Pictures is working to bring the film to DVD and on-demand television this spring.
Jennifer is a married, Texas Christian University graduate and mother of one. Her newest venture, LBT Enterprises, is set to launch a fragrance, a children's clothing line and more.
Watch for more novels from Jennifer - the next on its way is Vindictive Grounds. In February, Jennifer will begin directing the film version of this novel. She says, "It definitely has more of the explicit sexual contact comparable to Fifty Shades of Grey."