Wilmington writer Nina De Gramont’s novel is coming to HBO Max
Wilmington author Nina de GramontThe 2015 novel “The Distance from Me to You” is slated to be adapted as a feature film for HBO Max.
Deadline, the Hollywood news site, reports that New Line has secured the rights to the young adult novel, which de Gramont wrote under the pseudonym “Marina Gessner”. (Her husband, author David Gessner, is the past chair of the creative writing department at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where de Gramont is associate professor of fiction.)
The deadline signaled the rights to the novel “sold for the middle six figures”.
Actress Sabrina Carpenter, of “Girl Meets World” and the Disney Channel version of “Adventures in Babysitting,” has been associated with the project, according to multiple sources. Seasoned screenwriter and producer Tiffany Paulsen (2007 film version of “Nancy Drew”) will adapt the material.
“The Distance from Me to You” follows two teenagers who meet as they each travel the Appalachian Trail solo. They get lost and the story becomes a survival thriller.
De Gramont is the author of novels such as “The Last September” and “Gossip of the Starlings”, as well as young adult titles such as “The Boy I Love”, “Meet Me at the River” and “Every Little Thing in the world. ” She is no stranger to pen names, having written “Rogue Touch”, a novelization about the Marvel superhero Storm, under the name “Christine Woodward”.
In February, St. Martin’s Press will publish Gramont’s latest novel, “The Christie Affair,” based on the mysterious disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie for 11 days in December 1925. De Gramont tells the story of the point view of the woman with whom Christie’s husband was having an affair.
‘Miss Julia’ arrives at the Prologue book club
For more than 20 years, bestselling author Ann B. Ross has chronicled the adventures of Miss Julia Springer, widow and arbiter of all that is decent and appropriate in the small town of Abbotsville, North Carolina.
A workaholic, Ross produced one novel a year for more than two decades. Its editor, Viking, has announced that “Miss Julia Happily Ever After” will be the last in the series.
Now Ross will be talking about Miss Julia and her world for Prologue, the monthly book club series sponsored by StarNews and public radio station WHQR. The online webinar begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 14. Readers can register on WHQR.org, by clicking on “Prologue” under the Culture tab.
In a phone interview, Ross said her health had finally caught up with her. In addition, Penguin / Random House, owner of Viking, had decided to turn the imprint into all non-fiction. “So that seemed like a good time,” Ross said.
But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen Miss Julia’s last one.
“I’m kind of just hanging out, waiting for the imagination to strike,” Ross said. And she doesn’t rule out another Miss Julia story.
A physician’s wife, Ross returned to school after her children grew up, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1984 and earning a doctorate in Old English studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel. Hill in 1991.
Ross continued to teach English at UNCA, and there the inspiration really hit.
“I had this mental image of an older woman with a little boy,” Ross recalls. “Pretty soon I could hear him talking. I couldn’t tell who the child was, however.”
As he developed, the boy was “Little Lloyd”, the son of the late husband of Miss Julia, the city banker, and his much younger secretary, Hazel Marie Puckett. Miss Julia discovered them after her husband died and ended up helping to raise the boy and put Hazel Marie back on her feet – the basic plot of 1999’s “Miss Julia Speaks her Mind”.
Twenty-one novels followed in the series, which made regular appearances on the New York Times bestseller list.
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