Monday 23 April 2018

Irish author Caroline Grace-Cassidy is 'over the moon' as Hollywood picks up her script

Caroline Grace-Cassidy and Kevin Cassidy
Caroline Grace-Cassidy and Kevin Cassidy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Irish author Caroline Grace-Cassidy said she's "over the moon" after her screenplay was optioned by an American studio.

The Midday panellist said she co-wrote the film script with an old school pal, Lisa Carey, who's living thousands of miles away in LA.


"We worked so hard on it, writing via a Google document which we shared all hours of the day and night.

"So we recently got the amazing news that it's been sold to an American studio and it is already in pre-production," she said.

"So we're just waiting for all the actors' contracts to be signed. That's really exciting news for us."

She's also gearing up to unveil her fifth book this week - The Week I Ruined My Life - after landing a new book deal with Black and White publishing in the UK.

The mum-of-two, who's also been in RTE's Fair City, has managed to produce five books in the past five years.

She had her first novel published in 2011, and it went straight into the top five in the book charts.

However, the actress said that writing books wasn't as lucrative as some people may think. She said the type of deals that authors like Cecelia Ahern land are "few and far between".

"I was just delighted to be published. Who doesn't want to walk into Hodges Figgis and see your book on the shelves?

"It's an amazing feeling, it's what we all want," she said.


"But for most published Irish writers, it really is a case of 'Don't give up the day job'.

"It may be hard to get published, but it's even harder to see the basic rewards for all your hard work."

Caroline's new book tells the story of lead character Ali Devlin's failing marriage to childhood sweetheart Colin, which spurs her into striking up a new friendship with charismatic artist Owen O'Neill.


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