“Two weeks ago, I received a message via Instagram from someone who picked up my book by mistake. He wrote to tell me that he was hooked after the first 50 pages, and was interested in optioning it for film and TV. Three days and many messages later, he finished the book and never changed his mind.
Just yesterday, I signed a contract giving Adrian Bellani the option to market and produce In This Life for TV and film.”
Wow, right? This book must be incredible, and I’m dying to know more. Like… what is it about? Two strangers that meet and have a “fling” in another country, knowing they would need to leave each other once their respective trips were over, but…
Anna returns home to find that her life is no longer the way it once was, and that she can’t stop thinking about him. She learns through tragedy that nothing she’s ever believed in has turned out to be true. The worst part? The people she loved were keeping a secret from her. And that no matter what she does, no matter how hard she fights against it, every path she takes keeps leading her back to Jude.
Yeah… that sounds like our kind of romance angst and emotional agony.
And the author has some fun facts for us about her, and her books (and wow how beautifully personal this is…)
More Fun Facts about Christine Brae
My books are very personal to me, simply because I write to express the emotions that I feel at various stages in my life. I love to write about my experiences, the people that I meet, the places that I’ve visited. I have a full time career that allows me to travel to various parts of the world, experience different cultures and make friends from all walks of life. I consider myself so fortunate to have gained a following of women who have experienced the same joys, tribulations, heartaches and accomplishment. I think that it helps people to know that we are never alone. That what we think only we can understand is actually universal and very much a part of our human nature. My characters are flawed, imperfect and fallible. But they also grow and change and mature. That’s the progression of life and of love and relationships that I strive to convey in my stories.
My first book, The Light in the Wound, is the story of my life. This book is about my family, the two loves of my life and the choices that a young girl has to make based upon her relationships and experiences. Its sequel, His Wounded Light (The Light in the Wound Book 2) was written mainly to give closure to the main characters in the book. Love and marriage can only grow and gain strength through hardships and trials.
My third book, Insipid is about corporate life. I wanted to write about what it is like to be a strong and independent woman who deals with different choices and decisions every waking day. Insipid delves into the stigma of a May-December relationship – something that I went through at a very confusing time in my life.
My latest book, In This Life is very special to me. This book took eighteen months to write, and I have never worked so hard on anything in my life. I wrote this book at a moment in time when I felt hopeless and misdirected. I am most proud of this book because it captures my growth as a writer and as a person. I had to learn to accept things as they are, I had to find peace with the decisions I made, I had to have humility in knowing that everything happens for a reason. And that one can never control or change what the universe wants for you. I was in the middle of a very important project at work that had me traveling to NY and Paris for months on end. There were times when I was only home for one weekend a month. I would write everywhere – on the plane, in hotels, in Times Square, at the Tuileries gardens in Paris. I would work during the day and write into the wee hours of the night. I was also madly in love, which is reflected in the words of this book. Everything I felt, everything I did (which was mostly stupid things), was immortalized in the story, its characters and its events. I guess that’s the wonderful thing about being a writer. You share your journal, your diary with the world.
Anna is me. Irritating and annoying and spinny as can be. She knows whom she needs to be with, and yet she can’t stop wishing she was with someone else.
And I have just said more than I ever have in public. I think it’s because it’s you, Maryse. You take all that honesty out of me.
I am so blessed to have had this book fall into the hands of someone who is as invested in it as I have been for the past two years. It is with so much pride and joy that I entrust this book which has been optioned for Film and TV by an actor, a director, a creative person in his own right. For the past two weeks, we have been discussing so many exciting things, and I am learning about the production process as a whole. We have been character casting (Emma Stone? Luke Evans?) and I’ve been asked to furnish some of my deleted scenes. I’ve been asked for my POV on location shoots and the cinematic approaches to some of the pivotal scenes. As you can imagine, I am ecstatic about this whole development! Star struck as well, although my friends are telling me that I have to pretend to be really cool about it.
Thank you, Maryse, for featuring me on your blog. I am honored for your time and attention, and want you to know that I’ve been your number one fan since 2012!
Oh wow this is WONDERFUL Christine, and I’m thrilled you shared so much with us. I’m so happy for you!!!!
Now for the giveaway!!
The author is giving away 2 signed books and 2 Ebooks!!
How to enter for a chance to win a copy of this book? Just leave a comment below, and by 10pm EST, Sunday May 29th 2016, I will randomly select four lucky commenters as the winner for the signed copy of “In This Life” (the first two out of the 4 commenters will get the signed book, and the next two out of the 4 commenters will get the ebook).
The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winner directly by the author.
OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADA