Monday, September 05, 2011


I am delighted to report that my latest novel A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees

has been optioned by the actor Cai O'Leary.

(As you can tell from the font size I am very excited about this!)

Many thanks to Kate Pool at the Society of Authors for help and advice.


Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

Well done, Clare! Great news.

Mon Sept 05, 12:53:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thank you, Maxine!

Mon Sept 05, 01:00:00 pm  
Blogger Jim Murdoch said...

Not a lot online about him (a small part as 'Goon 4') but who knows what may come of this. This is likely the first step on a very long road. Even small film cost a lot of money. But you never know your luck.

Mon Sept 05, 02:58:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

No, there isn't on many actors I've found, Jim. Cai has done quite a bit of work in TV and theatre though, I believe.

And yes, wise words about the long road - but as you say, you never know...Anyway, I am just delighted that Cai likes my book enough to think it worth making a screenplay from it!

Mon Sept 05, 03:17:00 pm  
Blogger Kay Cooke said...

Oh wow - this is big! Great news, 'Place of Meadows and Tall Trees' is a book very worthy of a film. Congratulations Clare - I am very happy for you.

Mon Sept 05, 09:31:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Kay! You're very kind. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Mon Sept 05, 09:41:00 pm  
Blogger Anne S said...

Congratulations Clare! Hope it all comes to fruition.

Tue Sept 06, 04:29:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Anne!

Tue Sept 06, 07:24:00 am  
Blogger Sue Guiney said...

Woo hoo!!!! This is fantastically exciting. It is such a visual book. I'm sure it will make a great film. Do keep us posted!

Tue Sept 06, 10:10:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Sue - I certainly shall! :-)

Tue Sept 06, 10:42:00 am  
Anonymous marly youmans said...


I am so pleased about this--so he wants to do a screenplay? For a movie or a series?

I once got a rush of seven queries (they must gossip a lot, these theatre people) and then an option, but that is my only one ever. I didn't count on anything coming of it (it was optioned by a director-actor couple), but it was pleasing to have a book be noticed that way. In the end, they couldn't raise the cash needed.

On the cautionary side, my feeling is that one should enjoy these things but also not count on them until the film is in the bag. I have a friend who had a book scheduled for filming with Jack Lemmon in the main role--six weeks out, Lemmon dropped out for personal reasons and the whole thing fell apart. It would have made a huge difference to my friend's readership.

So you absolutely never know, and that cuts both ways--you may have a superb piece of luck. Something wonderful may come of it and increase your ability to reach a large audience and share your books. I very much hope it does.

Tue Sept 06, 01:32:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, exactly, Marly! I am determined to enjoy the positive things in life because they come round so rarely (especially in writing). I'm just delighted that Cai happened to pick up my book, read it and liked it enough to write a screenplay! It's great.

Imprssive about your 7 queries, though! Which one was that for?

Tue Sept 06, 01:42:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm absolutely delighted for you, Clare!!!!!! (I think that might need a few more exclamation points. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Wed Sept 07, 04:18:00 am  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Heh, heh, thanks Mary!

Wed Sept 07, 05:41:00 am  

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