The Night She Disappeared has been optioned for film!

I'm so excited to announce that I've just signed a contract for the film option of The Night She Disappeared, my latest young adult thriller, which came out March 13.


Maggie Field of Maggie Field Literary Consulting discovered The Night She Disappeared while searching for new novels with film potential. She alerted a production company called Tempest, which has now purchased the option.

So what is a film option? Basically, it is the rental of movie rights for a book. For however long the option specifies (say a year) , the purchasers hold the film rights while they create a screenplay and see if they can gain interest in funding the film. If they do, then they buy the film rights outright. Otherwise, when the option runs out, the rights revert back to the author, who then is free to repeat the process.

About The Night She Disappeared
Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete's Pizza. One night, Kayla - another delivery girl - goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the person who called in the fake pizza order had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Was Kayla's fate really meant for Gabie? She becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. Gabie teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete's. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn't dead-and to find her before she is.

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Realistically, a long shot, but the great thing about film options is that you have months to fantasize!
Many, many congrats! It's fun to watch and wait and dream (and option money isn't bad either!)
I've been down this road a couple of times before, so I know it's mostly dreaming. But dreaming is fun!
You know it. You can do some imaginary casting, think about what you'll wear to the premiere, plan the diet you'll go on to fit into what you'll wear...
adaption of young adult novels for film
Dear April,

Back in the nineties I was hired as a screenwriter to adapt the young adult mystery, THE OTHER SIDE OF NIGHT, by NBC for a TV movie starring Tori Spelling. It took two years, they hired a writer to rewrite me and then the star insisted that I take over again and re-adapt the script, doing three drafts over the weekend because they were shooting on Monday...

I ended up with sole credit for the script and the writer got credit for her novel. Altogether from the time I was hired it took two years to get around to shooting it, but it got shot. I don't think they even make Movies of the Week anymore but I hope your novel will get the chance it deserves!

Much love,
April Campbell Jones
Re: adaption of young adult novels for film
Good for you! Yeah, those movies of the week are mostly gone, although they still have that kind of thing on Lifetime. The director of our local writers organization used to make her living writing those, but she's had to reframe. Same with someone at my gym who went back to school and now is an attorney (opposite of all those lawyers who want to be writers).

Thanks for wishing me luck. Us Aprils have to stick together.
I just finished Eyes of Justice! Started it yesterday and I just couldn't put it down! I hope there will be more to the Triple Threat Series!
The next book is going to be the beginning of a different series, but they wanted to leave the door open for going back. I feel like I know those three (the new three) so I hope so. Although Ophelia does appear in the new book.
It's very fun. Actual movies are always long shots, but meanwhile the fantasies can keep you going!