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2) "This female best selling author got into some serious debt because she is addicted to gambling. With casinos hounding her for payment, she turned to a "friend" to help her out. The friend gladly paid off the entire debt to the casinos, but in return got our author to sign over any and all future rights from her books. This author has always been reluctant to have her books appear as films because of some bad previous experiences, but now, she really has no choice because she gave up all the rights. I would predict a flood of made for tv type fare over the next few years all based on her books. Oh, and she is still gambling." [CDaN]

Any guesses?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

15 Comments

  1. Cinde
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 16:56:01

    I am going Patricia Cornwell, I mean have you read her wikipedia entry? woo! Sorry Patricia! :)

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  2. katiebabs
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:11:23

    I was going to say Patricia Cornwell also. or perhaps Janet Evanovich?

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  3. Chantal
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:28:38

    I have no idea. Gambling addiction can and does ruin your life, and I feel terrible for the author who was so down that she had to sell the rights of her books. I feel great sadness for her.

    With any luck this type of press will be her rock bottom, and she can get the help she needs to get her life back together.

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  4. Mora
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:44:32

    Hasn’t the guy from Crazy Days and Nights been proven as a fraud? Or am I thinking of some other blind-item website?

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  5. Laurie
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:50:24

    I was thinking Janet Evanovich as well.

    Although this does seem more Patricia Cornwell-ish, now that you mention her….

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  6. MCHalliday
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:56:43

    This author has always been reluctant to have her books appear as films because of some bad previous experiences, but now, she really has no choice because she gave up all the rights.

    Sony Pictures signed a deal with Patricia Cornwell in 2000 for the rights to 11 thrillers featuring her character Dr Kay Scarpetta. So in view to past proported reluctance…I’d have to voice a tremulous, ‘no’, to the gossip. My hope is it not be so.

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  7. Shannon Stacey
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 17:57:14

    If you scan the comments on the other sites, Jackie Collins and Anne Rice were popular guesses, with JC edging out AR because of AR’s sudden religious bent and JC’s love of casinos.

    I hope that guy really IS a fraud, though, because how utterly heartbreaking.

    But:

    …but in return got our author to sign over any and all future rights from her books.

    and

    I would predict a flood of made for tv type fare over the next few years all based on her books.

    kind of contradict each other, so hopefully he made it up.

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  8. cecilia
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 18:38:03

    Shannon, I interpreted those two statements to mean that the friend is going to be selling the TV rights, when the author previously wouldn’t.

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  9. Mora
    Nov 18, 2008 @ 18:47:15

    I’m pretty sure the Oh No They Didn’t community debunked a couple of the CDAN blind items a few years ago. In any case, I can’t take anything seriously that comes from a website with a disclaimer that reads: “In addition to accurately reported information, certain situations, characters and events portrayed in the Blog are either products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously.”

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  10. vanessa jaye
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 10:40:09

    I have no clue who this writer is, but I hope the whole thing is a hoax. If it’s true, it’s just too heartbreaking.

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  11. DS
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 11:04:56

    This frankly sounds like a lot of BS. All future rights? What were the casinos going to do? Knee-cap her? Break her typing fingers?

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  12. Sybil
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 20:39:45

    Jackie Collins has more than a few movies made from her books. The Bitch stared her sissy. And Lucky series has had I think three made from it. The World is Full of Married Men and a few others IIRC.

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  13. mia madwyn
    Nov 19, 2008 @ 21:26:26

    Not Janet Evanovich. There was even a script written for One for the Money; she definitely sold those rights already. I don’t know why the movie didn’t get made, but it’s not unusual in Hollyweird.

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  14. Angie
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 02:33:40

    Mia — if she went through all the rigamarole of having a book optioned and a script written and then the film was never made (and you’re right that this isn’t at all unusual) that might be the “bad experience” mentioned in the piece.

    Angie

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  15. karmelrio
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 12:21:38

    I certainly hope this one was made up for people’s so-called entertainment.

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