My latest Hollywood war story concerns the licensing of my mystery character, Fiona FitzGerald, the heroine of my six mystery books, to Lifetime Television for a potential one-hour series.
Tottering between hope and reluctance, I allowed my agent to proceed with the deal. I was partnered with a producer who was supposed to shepherd the development through the network minefield leading to a pilot from which the network would judge whether to move forward to a regular series.
As always, I assumed that as the creator of the material, my input would be solicited and respected as the project moved forward. It is, of course, a weakness in my character to be addicted with such a delusion since I know from bitter experience that once my work falls into the hands of the Hollywood crowd it disappears into a mist of creative confusion and imaginative paralysis.
Fiona's character and the geography of her world was so clearly defined in my six books that I could not remotely contemplate any but the most minor changes.
Alas, it was not be. No sooner had I granted the license than I was exiled to oblivion...
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