Wednesday, June 8, 2016

When a Book Becomes a Hallmark Movie: 8 Things You Didn’t Know


When a Book Becomes a Hallmark Movie
8 Things You Didn’t Know 
by Denise Hunter

Last spring I signed an option with a producer who wanted to make one of my books, The Convenient Groom, into a Hallmark movie. To say I was excited is an understatement. I tried to temper my enthusiasm. After all, a lot can happen between signing an option and the actual film debut. I’m friends with enough authors who’ve experienced the big letdown. I’d even experienced it once before myself. So I crossed my fingers, said a lot of prayers, and waited patiently. Okay, maybe not so patiently. 

Then in March I was notified that filming on The Convenient Groom was soon to begin. The movie was really happening! As I began sharing the news I found that writers and readers alike are curious about the book-to-movie process. So I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned along the way.

1.) I’m sure there are many ways producers “find” novels. In my case it was through my publisher. The rights department actively pitches their novels for film rights. As it happens, this particular production company had already optioned a couple of other books and made them into Hallmark movies, so there was already an established history between my publisher and the production company. Yay for me!

2.) Authors sometimes want to know how to write a book that appeals to production companies. If you watch Hallmark movies then you know most of the stories have compelling hooks. Here’s the hook for The Convenient Groom: 

A celebrity relationship expert with a best-selling book about finding Mr. Right finds herself jilted just before her highly publicized wedding. In a panic she accepts the offer of a contractor—who secretly loves her—to step in as the groom in order to save her career. 

If you’re aiming for Hallmark it also doesn’t hurt to utilize one of the popular romance tropes. They’re popular for a reason. The Convenient Groom is, of course, a modern day marriage of convenience story.

3.) Unless your name is Nicholas Sparks or Nora Roberts, an author probably can’t expect to have much, if any, input in the film itself. Film is a completely different medium than a novel, and sometimes what works well in print doesn’t work at all on the screen. Fortunately I knew this up front, and was quite happy to let the film people work their magic. 

4.) Along those lines, I’m often asked if I wrote the screenplay for the movie. Just like novel writing, screenwriting is a craft that takes years to hone. I wouldn’t know the first thing about writing a screenplay, and since I want “my” movie to turn out great . . . well, I’ll just leave it in the experts’ hands. 

5.) Many books are optioned for movies, but few of them actually get made. There are a lot of steps between the movie option and the film premier, not the least of which is funding. It’s exciting to have a book optioned for a film, but you can’t really count on the movie happening until filming is underway.

6.) Getting a book turned into a TV movie is a slow process. I signed the movie option in March of 2015, and The Convenient Groom will air June 18, 2016. That may seem to fairly quick to you, but for an author waiting for her book to come alive on screen, it’s excruciatingly slow. And I was sworn to secrecy until the very end. It was hard to keep my exciting news to myself. 

7.) A TV movie is also a quick process. While the matters of funding, screenwriting, and hiring actors and crew can take months, the actual filming of the movie is FAST. A Hallmark movie takes only about 3 weeks to film! Amazing. The cast and crew put in some long hours!

8.) Most Hallmark movies are filmed in and around Vancouver, Canada. The vast diversity of Vancouver’s landscape make for a perfect movie set, whether the movie is “set” in Nantucket (like mine) or New York. But the main reason many movies and TV series are filmed there has to do with cost. Canadian labor laws are much friendlier to the pocketbook than are the United States’.

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SIDE NOTE FROM JULIE: 
Since Denise Hunter is one of my all-time favorite authors to read, I just have to say that I absolutely ADORED The Convenient Groom and totally understand why Hallmark selected it for a movie. So, to get ready for movie based on a truly wonderful story, I highly encourage you buy a copy of the book HERE before the movie airs on June 18. You won't be sorry, and may I say that David Sutcliffe is absolutely PERFECT as the hero, Lucas, and a top favorite actor of mine as well, so I cannot WAIT to see this movie!! 

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YOU'RE INVITED TO DENISE'S LIVE FACEBOOK PARTY!
Read The Convenient Groom and join Denise Hunter for a book club discussion on June 16
She’s giving away 25 signed copies of her new release, The Goodbye Bride 
and a $100 Amazon card!  Go HERE to SIGN UP!


And don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 18: 
The Convenient Groom, a World Premiere Original Hallmark Movie! 
Check out Facebook's The Convenient Groom Events Page.

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GIVEAWAY!
Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of The Convenient Groom.

ABOUT DENISE:
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 novels, including The Convenient Groom, which is being made into a Hallmark movie. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books. Visit Denise at her website at http://www.denisehunterbooks.com/.


158 comments:

Vince said...

Hi Denise:

Congrats on having a film made from your book. There are a lot of best selling authors who have not had movies made of their books.

I have three questions:

Was "The Convenient Groom" Christian fiction or a secular book?

Will Hallmark buy Christian fiction?

One of the first writing rules I ever read was:

Never make your heroine a romance writer. Doing so will remind the reader countless times a book that she is reading a romance. This is called 'alienation'. It would be like having ushers going up and down the aisles of a play in process with signs reading: "This is just a play."

I bet you're glad you did follow this rule.

Vince

Cynthia Herron said...

Denise, congratulations! Looking so forward to seeing The Convenient Groom come to television. Marking my calendar now!

Thanks for a glimpse into the book-to-movie process. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about how this happens.

Mary Preston said...

How fabulous for you. I often wondered about the process, so thank you.

Samantha Hite said...

This process was intriguing to me. I'm not sure if like see a book I wrote turned into a movie. I'm kind of a snob & am usually dissatisfied with the movie v. Book comparison.

Melissa Jagears said...

Do hallmark films go to DVD? I so want to watch this one, but well, I have no tv or streaming or anything, I buy/rent movies.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

HOW EXCITING!

Appreciate your sharing the process.

And I just adore the actress chosen to play your heroine. She's a fave!!

Congratulations. Looking forward to watching it come to life.

We purchased Second Hand Lions (film) and in the extras portion of the DVD, the author tells how his book *finally* saw another life as film. Different journey than yours to be sure, but some similarities. All fascinating.

Wishing you many more successes!

Thanks Julie, for sharing too!

/waving to Vince, Cynthia, Mary, Samantha and Melissa/

No Helen this morning with coffee, so I'll brew some. Help yourselves!

Pamela Tracy said...

Excellent post. I really enjoyed it.
Three weeks to film. I had no idea.
I agree about the hero. Yum

Kara Isaac said...

The Convenient Groom was my first ever Denise Hunter book! So excited it's been made into a movie :)

Cindy W. said...

Hi Denise! Congratulations! I can hardly wait for June 18th to see your book on film. I love Hallmark movies. I am so very happy for you!

Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Denise! How wonderfully exciting for you and for the rest of us. Congratulations, and I'm delighted they picked such a marvelous story to work with... Well done, Hallmark!

Thanks so much for being with us today, and sharing this great news and the process. Happy dancing for you in upstate!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Coffee is here, my friends!!!! I also brought ridiculously delicious doughnuts from Tops Friendly Markets... save me one with white buttercream filling and the dark chocolate frosting, okay?

And maybe a French Cruller, too.

:)

I will be very hungry later!

Jill Weatherholt said...

Welcome, Denise! Thanks for sharing the process with us. I love Hallmark movies, so I look forward to seeing your book played out on the screen...how exciting!

Kate said...

Exciting news!!!! Congratulations!!!! I need to read this book before I watch the movie. Hoping for a win!

Bettie said...

Denise, Congratulations! I am a Hallmark channel fan and can hardly wait for your movie to air. I have read and enjoyed many of your books, including The Convenient Bridegroom. Yay for you!

Glynna Kaye said...

Congratulations, DENISE! Every romance writer's dream is to have a book turned into a Hallmark movie! I'm looking forward to seeing it. I need to read the book first, too, as I always like the books better than the movies. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Denise, this is so exciting! Congratulations! I'll be sure to set my DVR and can't wait to watch.

Thanks for sharing the insider scoop. I had no idea the filming is done so quickly!

Victoria Bylin said...

Thank you for the "behind the scenes" look at the whole process. Three weeks for the filming? Really? Now that was a surprise! Did you visit the set at all? It must be amazing to see your characters come to life. Hallmark has tapped into a great source for new movies :)

Caryl Kane said...

DENISE, congratulations on The Convenient Groom Hallmark movie! I just finished reading the book last night and LOVED it! Thank you for sharing the book-to-movie process. I'll be watching and attending the Facebook party.

Becky Smith said...

Congrats on your book being made into a movie!! And I can hardly wait to see the movie. Of course, the book will always be better!!! Really, really great interview! Thank you!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Denise And thanks for sharing with us today in Seekerville. Congratulations on your book becoming a Hallmark movie. That is a dream of mine so am so excited to hear it actually happens. LOL. I love Hallmark movies so will definitely be looking forward to this one.

Thanks for sharing the process. Hang in there. June 18 is just around the corner. I can't imagine keeping it secret for over a year. Great going.

Have fun today and thanks again for sharing.

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Vince. Yes the Convenient Groom was a Christian novel. Hallmark likes wholesome stories, so Christian fiction falls right in line with that. On the rule about writing about a writer, I tend to ignore rules that start with always and never. LOL

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Cynthia! Hope you enjoy the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

You're welcome Mary! Glad I could help satisfy your curiosity. :)

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Samantha! I am intrigued by the process too. Can't wait to see it come to life on TV!

Denise Hunter said...

I hear you Melissa. I'm not sure what the process is for DVDs. I know my friend's Hallmark movie took almost 2 years to come to DVD though. Hopefully mine won't take that long.

Denise Hunter said...

Hi May! I think I will help myself to the coffee, thank you. I think Vanessa is awesome too. I can't wait to see her play Kate.

Julie Lessman said...

DENISE!!! WELCOME BACK TO ONE OF MY ALL-TIME-FIVE AUTHORS, GIRLFRIEND -- SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE AGAIN!! AND SUPER CONGRATS ON THE HALLMARK MOVIE -- WOW, EVERY AUTHOR'S DREAM!!

The biggest question looming in my mind was HOW does one go about getting a Hallmark movie, and you answered that by saying in your case, it was your publisher who submitted it. We've all heard of a number of authors who came close -- I think Ruth Logan Herne did once -- so how did it happen for the authors you know who got the initial call? Did their publishers pursue it as well?

I read The Convenient Groom, and I gotta say that it's one of my absolute faves of your books, and that's saying something because I love them all!! And, WHOA, if ever there was a perfect Hallmark movie -- this is it! Cannot WAIT to see it, my friend!

Hugs,
Julie

Denise Hunter said...

In the film preview, there is a line at the end that David says, and it just makes my heart roll over. LOL

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Cara! I'm finding that the Convenient Groom was the first of my books for a lot of people! Must've been that cover!

Jackie said...

Hi Denise,

The Convenient Groom was the first book of yours I read, and I adored it. I'm so excited to watch it on Hallmark! Congratulations!!! I also hope they pick up more of your fantastic books.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Cindy! I am so very excited!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for sharing my joy, Ruth! Good to hear from you!

Denise Hunter said...

YUM!

Lara (Storm) Hitchcock said...

Wow! I love your hook for A Convenient Groom! I'm going to be setting up my DVR to record the movie and I'm looking forward to reading the book. You're right: That's a popular trope and, for me, it never gets old. Interested to see how you spin it into your own brand of story.

Isn't it fun discovering new authors? :-) And if JULIE gives you two thumbs up I have a feeling I'll really love your work. Thanks for your post and congratulations on the upcoming movie!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Jill! I can't wait too. (Or is it either?) Oh well, I can't wait!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Kate!

Denise Hunter said...

Yay! Thanks, Bettie!

Walt Mussell said...

Congratulations!

You said you left the screenplay to the experts, but I've often heard that screenplay writers do spend a lot of time talking with authors, especially if the screenplay writer goes off script. Did that happen here? Did you get to asked to provide characters sketches or other information?

Denise Hunter said...

So true, Glynna! I wrote down my top three career wishes back in 2011. A Hallmark movie was on that list. 😄

Julie Lessman said...

In honor of Denise's upcoming Hallmark wedding, I'm pulling the stops out with a wedding brunch, including an omelet bar, waffle bar, eggs benedict, chocolate chip pancakes, maple-cured bacon, honey ham, and pastries galore, so did in, folks! Cinnamon hazelnut coffee and other flavors as well as an assortment of teas and juices.

YIKES ... I'm hungry!!

Hugs,
Julie

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Missy! I know, 3 weeks sounds crazy fast, but they work 12-14 hr days.

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Victoria! The whole thing happened too quickly for me to get onset, unfortunately. I'll have to wait until it airs like everyone else. 😀

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Sandra! Keeping it a secret was so hard! I'm so happy to talk about it now. LOL Hallmark just keeps producing more and more movies, so you never know!

Julie Lessman said...

Waving at KC -- and my pleasure to bring Denise here because this is HUGE!!! Uh ... the movie, that is, not Denise! ;)

Thanks, LARA, for your vote of confidence in me regarding authors, and I guarantee you, my friend, Denise is one of the best in the biz, in my opinion! :)

Hugs,
Julie

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Julie! And thanks for having me on speaker Ville. The authors I know who've gotten a Hallmark movie have all gotten them through their publisher. I'm sure there are other ways, but they probably involve "knowing someone". Or knowing someone who knows someone. LOL I'm sure sometimes the producers find books by happenstance as they are reading, but I have no idea how often that happens.

Whitney L. Schwartz said...

That is awesome. I would love to see something I wrote turned into a movie. It would be so incredible to see it come alive on-screen.

Denise Hunter said...

*Seekerville! Stupid auto correct. 😔

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Jackie! You and me both. :-)

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Lara! The tropes never get old for me either. I love finding a way to make them new again.

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Walt. No, I did not get asked for any information from the screenwriter. She worked with Hallmark and followed their guidance. She did write me when she was finished and made sure I had a copy of the script.

Denise Hunter said...

You didn't warn me I'd gain weight on Seekerville, Julie!

Denise Hunter said...

I will be huge after I finish eating all this food!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Whitney! It's a blessing for sure!

Renee McBride said...

Good morning, Denise!

Thanks for sharing this fascinating process. I've always wondered how a book goes to film. It's encouraging to hear that the Hallmark people look at the Christian genre for their movies. I can't wait to see it! Thanks for joining us today.

Cindy Regnier said...

Denise Hunter! One of my all time absolute favorite authors in Seekerville! The food is great here and didn't any one tell you? You can have all you want an never gain an ounce. I cannot wait to see this movie. I am thrilled for you, Denise. It's a fabulous book and I hope many of your other books make it to the big screen as well.

J Baugh said...

Congrats, Denise! This is so exciting!

Just Commonly said...

Congratulations again Denise! And what a great post. I've always wondered what it is like to have a book turned into a Hallmark movie! This is exciting indeed ! I love the representation of Christian genres on TV/Movies. We need more of those!


Julie Lessman said...

DENISE SAID: "You didn't warn me I'd gain weight on Seekerville, Julie!"
LOL ... virtual weight, my friend, where calories don't count, thank God!

YOU SAID: "I'm sure sometimes the producers find books by happenstance as they are reading, but I have no idea how often that happens."

Probably not a whole lot, I'm guessing. Hallmark producers probably have their hands full reading too many submissions to pick up another book and read for pleasure.

So, Denise, it sounds like you didn't have a lot of interaction with Hallmark regarding the making of the movie, or did you? Does the script follow your book exactly?

Hugs,
Julie

Marianne Barkman said...

WOW! What a story. Are you writing a novel from the authors standpoint of this process Denise? I love all your novels and since I don't have TV or anything I'll wait for the DVD.

Janet Dean said...

DENISE, welcome back to Seekerville. I'm thrilled that The Convenient Groom will be a Hallmark movie! I ordered the novel and can't wait to watch. Do you know what time the movie airs on June 18?

Do you think contemporary novels are more apt to be sought for Hallmark movies? I haven't seen a historical. Cost of production may be a factor. It's sad to think authors of historical romance have little likelihood of seeing a book on the screen.

Are you doing anything to promote the TV movie? Does the number of viewers impact the possibility of another book being made into a TV movie?

Janet

Cynthia Herron said...

MELISSA, just wanted to let you know that, yes, Hallmark does release movies to DVD. I have several I've purchased through Amazon, but you can probably do that from Hallmark's website, as well. I have several of the DVDs they've released, including the Christmas feel-goods and one of my all-time faves is The Magic of Ordinary Days (not a Christmas movie). I will say that I read TMOOD by Ann Howard Creel AFTER I saw the movie and it had some very notable differences. I liked the movie version better (which is rare for me), but I think it was because there were some elements in the book that were a little disconcerting and left me with a feeling of sorrow rather than joy.

As I said earlier, I'm looking so foward to Denise's The Convenient Groom! Can't wait to read it AND watch it! :) I wish Hallmark would consider the potential for more wonderful movies from books. Seems to me there is a huge market for uplifting stories. I know yearrrs ago, some Harlequin books were made into movies--I have a few of those, too. :)

Pam Hillman said...

This is so cool!!! Congratulations, Denise!

I loved reading about the process going from book to movie.

Can't wait to see the movie!

Janet Dean said...

JULIE and RUTHY, thanks for the delicious food! And the coffee, KC!

Janet

Myra Johnson said...

Welcome, Denise, and thanks SO MUCH for the insider scoop on having a novel selected for a Hallmark Movie! Oh my goodness, haven't we all dreamed of a movie deal!

Going to the cable TV website right now to set up my DVR!

Cathy Shouse said...

Congratulations, Denise! Please put my name in the drawing for the book. xoxo Cathy Shouse

Terri Reed said...

So exciting! Thank you Denise for the run down on how the book to Hallmark movie goes. Fascinating. Praying the movie does well.

Jackie Smith said...

Good to see Denise here! Love her books! I am so excited about the movie...will be watching! Please put my name in the drawing for the book. Thanks!!

Meghan Carver said...

Congratulations, Denise!!! So exciting, and thanks for the explanation of the process!

Sandy Smith said...

Fun post, Denise. Congratulations on the movie. I will be setting my DVR. Please enter me in the drawing for the book!

Lara (Storm) Hitchcock said...

The movies should air at 9 pm according to the schedule on the hallmark site: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/schedule?mode=daily&day=10&week=0&tz=0

Wilani Wahl said...

Congratulations Denise on the movie. I loved reading how this process works. I am currently reading the book. I was looking forward to the movie but at this point with no TV service in my new home. I won't be able to watch unless I can figure how to stream to my computer. I am loving your book.

By the way behind my house is what I've been calling an enchanted cottage that is covered in vines. I've seen bunnies and chipmunks entering the vines as well as lots of birds. This morning when I woke up to no water and the Landlord came. The enchanted cottage is really the pump house for the well, but I think I will still call it my enchanted cottage.

Mary Connealy said...

I watch a LOT of those Hallmark movies and they're all so sweet. I'd think Christian fiction would be the perfect hunting ground for the movie makers. I'm seeing more Christian authors on Hallmark everyday.

It adds such and extra zing, Denise, to know the original author.

Mary Connealy said...

Wilani I love that you have an enchanted cottage.

I just realized I have one too. Although it's really an old, falling down Chicken Coop and the only wildlife I've seen there is BEES.
But that's what an imagination is for, right???

Angela said...

So, you don't even get to see it before it airs?

Loraine Nunley said...

Congrats Denise! I think that is just so awesome to have your book made into a Hallmark movie. I am a HUGE fan of the Hallmark movies so hearing that a Christian author's book is being made into one just makes my day. I'd say it's a good marriage (yes, pun intended) of the two!

Debby Giusti said...

Denise, so thrilled about your book becoming a Hallmark movie! Thanks for the behind-the-scenes look at the process. Hubby and I often tune into the SAT night movies on the Hallmark Channel. Sometimes we watch two back-to-back. Can't wait to see The Convenient Groom. Great hook. Sounds like there will be lots of fun conflict.

Interesting that Hallmark shoots in Canada. Pinewood Studies, a family-friendly movie studio, is in my area of Georgia. It's exciting to see the studio trailers parked outside the filming sites when they're on location close to my house. Of course, security is always tight.

Were you invited to watch any of the filming? Now wouldn't that be fun!

BTW, Stephanie Bond, a Georgia romance author, has a Hallmark movie adapted from her book, Stop the Wedding, airing this Sat!

Hope we continue to see lots of stories written by our favorite authors optioned by Hallmark!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome Denise.

Speaker Ville.? Ha that's a first. We've been called a lot of things, but not that. LOL

Congratulations on your success!

A Love Inspired friend of mine had one of her books turned into a Hallmark movie. She went to the premier and visited the set. What fun!

Are you planning a premier party in your home town?

DebH said...

HUGE congrats, Denise, on having a book made into a Hallmark Movie. I think that's the ultimate for a romance writer - being on the Hallmark Channel. I'll have to check if we get that channel or not. Will definitely need to acquire the book to read. I've always thought the books are better than the films, btw. Converting words to pictures sometimes loses something during translation.

Having worked on a couple film sets (camera team) I have to say, those hours ARE long, but necessary. Still, it's loads of fun to watch things come together. I've been in the editing room too, watching which takes make the cut and which don't. I certainly hope the Hallmark people kept close to your vision. I've known times when films sort of go a bit too far with their creative license and stray from the author's vision.

This is SO COOL to see. Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness with Seekerville. (hmmm, I think I meant awesome news - but awesome-ness sounds/fits better I think).

Name in draw please.

Tina Radcliffe said...


What does this mean, Julie?

"TO ONE OF MY ALL-TIME-FIVE AUTHORS"

Tina Radcliffe said...

Melissa Jagears,

Yes. Hallmark movies go to DVD. I watch them on DVD and they also go to the Hallmark Channel and 'Feelin' eventually. https://www.feeln.com/

Tina Radcliffe said...

Here's the Hallmark Channel online.

http://www.hallmarkchanneleverywhere.com/

I don't get the Hallmark Channel on my TV so I wait and watch them here or order the DVD.

Deanna Stevens said...

Congrats! how exciting :) I will be watching for it..

Julie Lessman said...

TINA SAID: "What does this mean, Julie? 'TO ONE OF MY ALL-TIME-FIVE AUTHORS'?"

LOL ... I meant one of my all-time-FAVE authors!! I'll just blame that on the same gremlin who changed Denise's "Seekerville" to "speaker Ville.";)

Thanks, Lara and Tina, for giving the links to the Hallmark channel, and that's 9:00 PM EDT, I believe, because it's always 8:00 PM for us in the central zone. LOVE HALLMARK!!

And, Deb, thanks for that tip about this week's Sat. night Hallmark movie. We actually have company coming over, so no Hallmark movie for me, but definitely will have Keith DVR it. :)

Hugs,
Julie

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Caryl! So glad you enjoyed the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Becky! Glad you enjoyed it.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Renee! I feel very blessed!

Denise Hunter said...

Oh yay! In that case, pass the pancakes! Thanks for your kind words, Cindy!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, J!

Denise Hunter said...

Yes we do! I'm so happy Hallmark is scouring the Christian fiction section!

Denise Hunter said...

I didn't have much contact. A little with the producer and scriptwriter. There are changes in the movie. Those were explained to me and I understand their reasoning. I think viewers will understand when they see the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

Not a novel but I have an article with Romance Writers Report in sept from the author's perspective. Hope it comes out on DVD soon!

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Janet! Good to hear from you. The movie will be on the 18th at 9 o'clock eastern time.

Yes Hallmark seems to primarily be interested in contemporaries. They have a historical series, but I'm not aware of any movies that are historical.

I'm promoting the book/movie on social media and hosting a Facebook party on the 16th. I'm sure a record viewership would not hurt my chances at another movie. LOL

~Kimberly~ said...

Denise I have read and love many of your books. I will admit that "The Convenient Groom" slipped through my fingers, until I found out it was going to be on Hallmark, at which point I made sure to read it before watching. I absolutely adored the book. I have set my phone reminder to make sure I don't miss the TV debut. How fun it is knowing that an author I enjoy, and a channel I can trust are coming together. Congratulations!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for the info, Cynthia!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Pam! It's a blessing for sure!

Denise Hunter said...

You're welcome, Myra! Thanks for sharing in my joy!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Cathy!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Terri!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Jackie! Good luck in the drawing.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Meghan!

Denise Hunter said...

Yay! Hope you enjoy it!

Denise Hunter said...

Lol Walani! I don't blame you. So glad you are enjoying the book.

Denise Hunter said...

Isn't it wonderful the way they are picking up Christian books? It's making me an even bigger hallmark fan.

Denise Hunter said...

I probably could if I asked. But honestly I want to see it for the first time with everyone else.

Denise Hunter said...

I agree! Where better to find wholesome stories?

Denise Hunter said...

I saw that about Stephanie's movie. I'm excited to watch it. The filming came up so suddenly and happen so quickly I didn't get to go on set. 😔

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Tina! My laptop is not working right so I'm trying to do all this on my phone.

I'm just planning to have a few friends over for the premiere. Also I will be on Facebook posting about the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

I usually prefer the book too. It's hard to beat the imagination!

Denise Hunter said...

Yay! Good luck in the drawing!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Kimberly! I'm so glad you enjoyed my books. I hope you enjoy the movie also.

Rhonda Starnes said...

Congratulations, Denise! Having a booked turned into a movie is every author's dream. Thanks for sharing the process. I've joined the Facebook party and marked my calendar to watch the Convenient Groom on June 18th.

Cara Lynn James said...

Congratulations, Denise! Fascinating post. I loved the book and I'm sure I'll like the movie, too.

Wenona Phillips said...

Congrats! That's Awesome! Now I have a new movie to watch and what sounds like a great book to read! Have a Blessed Day!

Laura Conner Kestner said...

Congratulations, DENISE! Can't even imagine how exciting this must be!! Setting DVR now to make sure I don't miss it. Thank you for sharing your story!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Ha! I love the things I do to words with my phone, Denise. I have chubby short fingers. LOL. It's hilarious. Some folks do their own graphics from their phone. Unbelievable finger talent.

Hey, I like Speaker Ville. It fits us. As long as you don't call us Villians. ha!!

Sarah Claucherty said...

Hi Denise! I really enjoyed reading The Convenient Groom, and I'm intrigued to see what Hallmark has done with it.

Thanks for sharing a copy with us! I'd love to win for my sister - she's been bouncing off the walls in excitement since she found out about this movie. To say she likes your books might be the biggest understatement I've ever made. ;)

Julie, thanks for hosting Denise!

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Rhonda! Yes it surely is a dream come true! I hope you enjoy the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Cara!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Wenona!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for sharing in my joy, Laura! Hope you enjoy the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

So true, Tina!

Denise Hunter said...

Ha! Well good luck to your sister! I hope you both enjoy the movie.

Barbara Scott said...

Congratulations, Denise! Having a book made into a movie is the equivalent of catching lightning in a bottle. I've written screenplays and even gotten notes from a couple of producers, but that doesn't guarantee success. I'm so happy for you! And now I'm going online to buy The Convenient Groom. :-)

Heidi Robbins said...

We're all so happy for you! It's exciting to see Christian fiction represented on film/tv. I'm interested to see how much of the inspirational theme makes it in the movie. I'll be sure to read the book beforehand! Several of your books are on my summer reading list since I tend to enjoy contemporary romance more in the heat- I don't know why that is! ;)

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Barbara! You're right, it was totally a God thing. Hope you enjoy the book!

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Heidi! Since the whole story is an allegory about Christ's love for us, I think the spiritual application will be present for those who want to see it.

Chill N said...

How exciting for you! Congratulations! And thank you for the inside look at book-to-movie. Looking forward to watching your book :-)

Nancy C

Julie Lessman said...

SARAH, trust me, it was my absolute pleasure to host Denise today. Tell your sister to move over. ;)

Hugs,
Julie

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, Nancy! Hope you enjoy the movie!

Beth Erin said...

This movie is the one and only reason I'm a teeny bit disappointed that we cancelled our Dish subscription. Hubby has been watching Netflix and Roku but I just have more reading time! I'm thrilled for you, Denise. I love The Goodbye Bride and look forward to reading more of your titles!

Beth Erin said...

This movie is the one and only reason I'm a teeny bit disappointed that we cancelled our Dish subscription. Hubby has been watching Netflix and Roku but I just have more reading time! I'm thrilled for you, Denise. I love The Goodbye Bride and look forward to reading more of your titles!

Melissa Jagears said...

Thanks Tina, can't do the hallmark channel since I have no tv service, but the feeln thing might work. But then, maybe I'll just try to get my library to buy it, moving to the big city and I've gotten them to purchase two things so far!

The Artist Librarian said...

Congrats, Denise! My family (and my especially my dad, surprisingly) are Hallmark Movie addicts and I've always thought that they should take a look at more Christian fiction to turn into tv films. I know several they've adapted several Karen Kingsbury novels, along with Janette Oke and Beverly Lewis novels, so it's nice to see contemporary fiction authors included as well.

Thanks for the chance to win A Convenient Groom! It sounds pretty unique!

Charlotte Kay said...

So excited about your book being made into a movie for you and myself!!!!! Appreciated the information you shared about the process. It answered a lot of my questions about it!
Keep on keeping on for the Lord through your writing!!!!!

Charlotte Kay said...

So excited about your book being made into a movie for you and myself!!!!! Appreciated the information you shared about the process. It answered a lot of my questions about it!
Keep on keeping on for the Lord through your writing!!!!!

Amy Putney said...

Congratulations, Denise! This is so exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing the movie!

Edwina said...

Congratulations Denise! Looking forward to seeing the movie!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Beth! I'm so glad you're enjoying my books.

Denise Hunter said...

Thank you! I'm thrilled they're taking a closer look at Christian fiction. I would love to see more of them developed into Hallmark movies.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Charlotte! Happy to share about the process. Good luck on the book drawing.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Amy!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Edwina! Hope you enjoy the movie.

Jennifer Rumberger said...

I have always planned to read a book by Denise, but it wasn't until the Hallmark movie info came out that I finally have. I just started The Convenient Groom and LOVE it! Congrats on the movie, Denise!

ohiohomeschool said...

Congratulations on your Hallmark movie for the Convenient Groom.
It will be great to see your movie.
Becky

Rebecca McLafferty said...

This is so very exciting. You are right...there's a mystical aura surrounding the book-to-movie process. I enjoy many Hallmark Movies and can't wait to watch yours. Thanks so much for your insight. Congratulations!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Great post! Fun and informative. Thanks so much for the "insider's look" and congratulations to you! I'll be sure to tune in - I love Hallmark.

Carrie Golden said...

Haven't read the book yet but will be watching the movie! :-)

Kathryn Barker said...

Congratulations, Denise!! How exciting for you and for all of us!! Thanks for sharing the process!! Can't wait to read the book and see the movie!! I, too, am a huge fan of Hallmark!

Denise Hunter said...

Hi Jennifer! So glad you are enjoying the Convenient Groom!

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Becky!

Denise Hunter said...

You're welcome Rebecca! Hope you enjoy the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Davalyn! Hope you enjoy the movie.

Denise Hunter said...

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Denise Hunter said...

Thanks Kathryn! It's been an exciting process. Hope you enjoy the movie.

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

I just read this post, and how fun, Denise! I actually have a secret addiction to Hallmark movies, especially Christmas-themed ones! Who doesn't love a guaranteed clean, safe story with a happy ending?

I haven't read this book of yours, but is sounds like so much fun. And I really like David Sutcliffe, so it looks like I have a date with my TV on June 18!

Have a great day, and blessings that the movie is all you hope it will be!

Denise Hunter said...

Haha Hope you enjoy the movie, Stephanie!

Angela K Couch said...

Our dollar is also generally lower up here in Canada with helps with costs. (When we ran par or above the US dollar we didn't have as much business from Hollywood. :)) Even in Alberta we get a few movies made...and it's pretty fun to be an extra! :) I'm very excited for your book/movie!

bonton said...

Congrats, Denise - I'm so happy for you!! Thank you so much for that interesting post, you've answered some of the questions I had re: a book being made into a movie. It all sounds like so much fun, however, I'm sure there is much hard work involved also.

I'm so looking forward to attending the Facebook party and viewing the movie for/of 'The Convenient Groom'!! Please include my name in the drawing for a copy of your book - thank you so much!!