“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
I’ve always been a girl with big dreams and high hopes. One day, I set out with the idea of making a film called Blissful Lies… which turned into a feature film shown at the Cannes Film Festival. This showing led to a worldwide distribution deal with YTINIFNI and will be released on television, DVD and on-demand after the first of the year. Later on, I set out with the same gleam in my eye—only this time my project would be turning Blissful Lies from a screenplay to a novel. It was extremely challenging. But the idea of the novel led to an incredible fan base, an Amazon bestseller and a career in the literary world. So, it seems Walt Disney hit the nail on the head when he claimed all our dreams could come true…
Creating the Blissful Lies world was such an invigorating experience. When it came to the research for various aspects of the storyline, it was pretty straightforward. All along I had an idea of exactly what it was I wanted to implement and where I wanted to put them—so researching direct terms and synonyms is always prevalent in storytelling. But specific to this book I researched items ranging from the weather in California at various points during the year, St. Barts, Chancellor Positions at a number of universities and specific terms reflecting the vast age difference between the two main characters.
Blissful Lies is a very strong, character driven story, so I enjoyed exploring the plot and conveying its message to our audience. I hope you’ll tune in for the DVD release of the film on April 9th and stay tuned for my upcoming novel, Vindictive Grounds. It’s been called the next “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which is very flattering on my part. Admittedly, my second novel required an exorbitant amount of research.
Thank you all for having me, also, stay tuned for the Blissful Lies sequel, which will be out next year.
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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.”