Posts Tagged ‘movie’

WITH LOVE…Before and After

April 21, 2017

2 Franks

War changes everything, including warriors. Lt. Frank R. Daley, M.D. is in both photos. In the first one, I think he looks so young and eager, still stateside, but about to travel and see the world. In the bottom photo, he’s on his way to Alsace-Lorraine, a stopover before pushing into Germany with a battalion unit. He’s seen a lot, too much. He knows that the railroad car he’s traveling in was purloined from the Nazis. And he strongly suspects that the train had been used to carry captives to concentration camps.

I discovered the second photo in one of Frank’s letters to Helen. At first, I wondered at his odd expression from the box car. Then I read the letter. He explains that he was sucking on a rare piece of hard candy when the picture was taken.


April 1, 2017


If you’ve read this far in WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE, I’ll bet you know exactly what this is. Clues: 1) It’s nearly 75 years old and still intact. 2) The cake it topped is long gone. 3) That lovely white dress really should have been another Army uniform. 3) Check out that flag–only 48 stars.  So, have you read this far?


March 7, 2017


It’s here! And as if that weren’t enough for me, it’s getting two starred reviews–Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. I’ve waited so long for this. I thought about dozens of pictures I could post, along with witty, but poignant things to say. But here I am, speechless and grateful, hoping that you like my story.

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IT’S MARCH! In 6 days…

March 1, 2017

WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE officially releases and should be in book stores on March 7. After so many years dreaming about this book, it’s still hard to believe it’s real. God is just so good. I thought these pictures may help you envision some of the moments in the novel. Helen in Rennes, Frank in Marseilles, then on a battle field in Germany. Frank is on the castle in Heidelberg, Germany. Helen is on her way to meet Frank.

If you’ve been reading these blogs, thanks so much for your interest. I would LOVE to hear from anyone who’s reading WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE!


February 21, 2017


These are the nurses Mom (Helen) came to know and rely on–well, most of them. Can you pick out Lt. Helen Eberhart Daley? She’s front and center and seems to give off her own light. Next to her (on her left, our right) is her best war buddy, Naomi. Although I never met her, I feel as if I know Naomi. So many of Helen’s letters and war stories included her kind friend. If you read WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE, I think you’ll come to know her a bit too.

Lt. Frank R. Daley, M.D.

February 14, 2017

My dad is the other main character in WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE. This St. Louis medical student didn’t want to be a hero. There were enough of those in the family. His dad, Dr. Pete, had served in WWI and now spent every waking moment training medics for the Army. Frank’s sister, Dotty, had joined the Army a couple of years before Pearl Harbor and was still in the Philippines as a nurse. His brother, Jack, in the Army in special service, had to be a spy. Even his mother volunteered for the Red Cross, along with daughter Mary, who was married to Charles House, a career Army man.

The carefree and dashing Frank Daley just wanted to finish med school, move to a hospital close to the ocean and tennis courts, and hang up his shingle. Even after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, everyone seemed confident that the war would be over in a matter of weeks, certainly before his deferment ran out. Instead, as soon as he graduated, he was sent straight to boot camp. There, he met a number of colorful Army buddies, some who journey with him through the novel.

Oh–and he also met a spirited Army nurse named Helen.

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January 26, 2017


My parents had never mentioned their medals or what they did in World War II to merit medals. Yet when I delved into the trunk, I unearthed small blue boxes of medals, suggesting stories I hadn’t heard . . . yet.

I could guess what some of the medals represented. The black, red, and white medal that said “Germany” at the top had to be Dad’s. I knew he had joined a battlefield unit that pushed into Germany. I knew, as an Army doctor, he had set up a battalion aid unit in Germany toward the end of the fighting. But what about the medal with bars that read: Marksman, Carbine, Rifle, Submachine? Or the one with soldiers on front and a very large bird on the back? Was that my mother’s? I loved the medal that read: Freedom from Fear and Want, Freedom of Speech and Religion. And a Purple Heart. That one surprised me, though I had a good idea where it came from.

I knew I would never know the whole story of each medal, not until I’d read every letter in that Army trunk.


OCTOBER 18, 9pm ET!

August 21, 2014

MBD poster


July 2, 2014

The Producers of My Boyfriends' Dogs

The Producers of My Boyfriends’ Dogs

Marcy Gross and Ann Weston are the executive producers of MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS. Together, they have achieved much success and many honors, including “Best Television Producer of the Year,” awarded by the American Film Institute. Twice, they’ve been nominated for an Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries for “Billionaire Boys Club” and “Outstanding Television Movie” for the Hallmark Hall of Fame “A Place for Annie.”
I admit I’ve never quite been sure what a producer does (besides coming up with the money), or how a book or screenplay ends up as a movie. Marcy was kind enough to straighten me out and to give me a fun, lively, and informative interview.

DM: What exactly does a producer do?
MG: On a feature film, the producer is boss. On a television production, it’s the executive producers who are boss. They hunt for good ideas and stories, find the project, sell the concept to a network or cable, then bring on board everyone needed to make the movie.
Producers then work with the network or cable company in developing the movie. Certain things need approval. For example, when we were working on MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS, Hallmark felt the first script strayed too far from the book, and the original screenwriter wasn’t open to changing his script enough to please the company. That’s when we brought on Gary Goldstein; he went back to the book and kept the script true to that story. We were fortunate to get Terry Ingram, a wonderful director, and the cinematographer he’s worked so well with before, Ron Stannett. We hire the entire cast, also with approval from Hallmark.

DM: Wow! I admit I thought producers mostly had to worry about the money.
MG: Well, we’re the ones who pay, all right. We have to pay you, the author, for the rights to a movie version of your book. We have to pay the screenwriter and everyone else we need to get a project into development. Our line producer, Chris, does the budget and makes deals for the crew, including production designers, costumers, lighting, so many things. We get reimbursed, and our production partner will take over payments, but we don’t make money unless the movie makes it to production.

DM: How did you and Ann get into producing?
MG: It’s stupid really. I knew I wanted to work after the kids were out of the house. My husband was in the business, and friends—one friend was looking for a project to finance. Ann had been an agent, a manager, and an actress. We decided to see if we could find a good project to work on together—that was over 30 years ago. We looked around, called agents, and found a wonderful story in “Wild Horse Annie,” the story of Velma Johnston, who dedicated herself to protecting our wild horses. We had Betty White on board. The project sold fast, but never came to production; it was our learning experience. We’d bypassed the natural movie order by going straight to the president of the network, rather than going through regular channels. We just didn’t know how it was done. The following year, we sold 8 projects and made 3 movies in ’82.

DM: So if someone aspires to be a producer, what training would you recommend?
MG: Write. If you like to write, write and join the Writer’s Guild, where you’re protected and get benefits, something few producers get. Many executive producers are writers.

DM: How hard is it for a writer to get his or her book or screenplay turned into a movie?
MG: Years ago, a friend advised us to go into the television market and make movies for TV. We were able to produce 2 or 3 movies every year. But the market changed; ABC, NBC, and CBS rarely make original movies now, so the market is tighter. Ann and I have produced 26 movies and one miniseries, and we have to be passionate about the things we pitch. We may have from 30-40 stories we’re passionate about, including Wild Horse Annie.

DM: So I have to ask—what drew you guys to MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS?
MG: Ann picked up the book, read it, and said she fell in love with the book. I read it, and I adored it too, so we were both passionate about the project. We talked to your movie agent, Holly, and optioned the movie rights. Then we took the project to our Hallmark contact, and she loved it. But as we were in development and working out details, our Hallmark executive left the company, and we had to start all over. Fortunately, our new executive, Bart Fisher, was also passionate about the project. He worked hard and really got behind My Boyfriends’ Dogs. He’s been great. Everyone we showed the story to thought it was cute, but we’re all agreed it’s a perfect fit for Hallmark. And they’re excited about this one, which is why they switched the date to September, when they have a bigger audience.

DM: Any final advice for writers?
MG: It’s hard to get an agent, but there are places that take on scripts and send us loglines that may capture our interest. Keep writing! Without good writers, we won’t have good movies. Writers are the key.


March 14, 2014


Right this very minute, my character, Bailey Daley, is coming to life–how cool is that! MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS, a funny, romantic novel I wrote a couple of years ago, is being turned into a Hallmark movie that will air the end of this year. The movie will keep my title, my characters, and even the three dogs–Adam and Eve and Shirley. Erika Christensen plays the lead, and she’s a wonderful actress (stars on Parenthood, in the movie Traffic, and many more). I couldn’t be happier with the script, which stays close to the book (and from what I hear, that’s not always the case). AND, I get to go to Vancouver to see part of the filming! I’ll be heading there on March 24, which just happens to be my birthday. I’ll keep you posted!