Here's the BIG NEWS, everyone! Been holding this back for weeks and it was killing me! We have @madelame
playing Clare! We're filming this spring on her break from the hit @netflix
and now @thecw
Shoutout to my manager, David Chackler, who read my book, loved it, and took it on. Mark Pavia, for also loving the book and writing an amazing script which he'll direct with such enthusiasm I can hardly stand it. Also to his manager, Nadia Redler, for handling everything with grace. One of my best friends, @marilynvance
will be making Clare look fabulous in her costumes. Also want to thank @d.defrehn
, Dave Sereny, Cassian Elwes, Arielle Elwes, and everyone else who loved my book and came on board to make it a film as producers! Sig De Miguel and Stephen Vincent for casting! And to Joseph Renzetti who will compose an amazing score for the film!
The book will be out later this year from @baker_and_taylor
, but I don't have an exact date yet. Hoping this summer!
Also want to thank all of my early CLARE AT 16 readers, you know who you are, who gave me encouragement and helped my novel be the best it could be, and to my Save the Cat family for their love. To Molly M. Ulmen for all of her love and support doing the first, major editorial pass through the manuscript (I dedicated the book to her). And to Clare Marie Bleecker, who basically told me the story and I simply wrote it down.
There's a lesson here too. I sat down and started writing CLARE AT 16 on August 5, 2013. Wrote it in six weeks and it was the most rewarding thing I'd ever written (still is). But then I started getting down on myself thinking it wasn't very good at all. Basically, it languished on my hard drive for four years before I finally started showing it (due to tons of encouragement from friends). So, show your stuff, writers, don't just horde it. Get it to people. It can't do anything on your hard drive. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
Thank you, everyone, who's been so supportive of me over the years. Really appreciate it. You're going to love CLARE AT 16 -- the book and the film -- I promise!
Slay responsibly! 🔪🔪🔪
#clareat16 #madelainepetsch #riverdale #thecw #donroff