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Freelance writer/producer’s debut book gets a TV deal

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Los Angeles writer/producer Jessica Brody is celebrating one of those milestones that makes one do the happy dance. Last week, Brody got the word her novel, ” The Fidelity Files,” had been optioned for development as a television series by Marina Grasic, the executive producer of the Oscar-winning film, “Crash.”

St. Martin’s Press released “The Fidelity Files,” Brody’s debut novel, last summer. The novel is about a young woman who goes undercover as a  “fidelity inspector” for suspicious wives and girlfriends who want their men put to the test. The novel focuses on the question women have been asking for eons: Is he cheating or not?  Brody says the story came easily to her: “The concept of cheating has always intrigued me. And the idea that you can never really know what someone does behind your back. So I came up with a character who will tell you exactly what happens when you’re not around.”

 “The Fidelity Files” is 432 pages, but Brody says she still has tons of material that did not make it into the novel.  More than likely, she will get a chance to pitch some of those unpublished ideas for the small screen version of  “The Fidelity Files.” Brody is attached as a consulting producer on the show.

A follow-up to “The Fidelity Files” called “Love Under Cover” is due out in November. The 29-year-old writer also has a young adult novel, “The Karma Club” coming out next spring. And she’s still writing and working on a number of other projects as well.

At the top of Brody’s to-do list is a final polish on the first book in a new YA series, which she hopes to get a publishing deal for very soon. In a few weeks, she plans to get cracking on another adult fiction novel, too. 

Brody was once an executive at MGM Studios, but she quit that full time job in May of 2005 to follow her dream: “I’ve always loved the mantra, ‘Do what you love and the money comes later.’ That was certainly true for me. I sold my first novel a year and a half after leaving the corporate world and struggling to pay the bills and I’ve never looked back or regretted my decision. Sometimes you have to just leap and trust that the net will appear.” 

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9 Responses to Freelance writer/producer’s debut book gets a TV deal

  1. Jessica Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Thanks for such a great post, Fronnie! This is a fantastic site!


  2. Fronnie Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 2:48 am #

    We love success stories about writers. So Jessica, keep us posted on your adventures in Hollywood development and the publishing world. Good luck!

  3. Victoria M. Johnson Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Jessica, that took gahunas to quit your day job to follow your dream. It’s exciting to hear that your big leap has led to such success for you and I look forward to watching your series on TV.

  4. D. D. Scott Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    Hello to you, Fronnie and Jessica.

    This is fabulous news, Jessica!!! Congrats all around!!!

    And what a fun along with informative site, Fronnie!!!

    Jessica, I totally agree with your philosophy about taking the big leaps when that’s what your body, mind and soul are pushing you to do. I’m a go-for-the-gusto-gal too. Personally, baby steps for me are wayyyyyy over-rated. LOL!

    Oh, and in the event my body, mind, and soul aren’t exactly in sync, I ignore my mind on most days and go for that gut-level urge. I love a good, calculated risk!

    Sexy, Sassy, Smart Wishes to Each of Your Continued Successes — D. D. Scott

  5. Fronnie Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Victoria & D.D.,

    Thanks for commenting. I agree with you both, Jessica is to be applauded for having the nerve to leap from a steady job to freelancing as a writer. But it paid off big time for her.

    Also, we have to remember Jessica didn’t sit around waiting for success, she worked really hard writing on a number of projects before landing a TV deal for her book. Check out her website for more details on those other projects

  6. Nancy Haddock Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Fronnie! Long time, no see, but how wonderful to connect with you today!

    Your blog about Jessica’s TV deal — and Jessica’s success story itself — are inspiring. Thanks for the fun of sharing!

    And what a great site you have! I’ll be back for sure!

    Nancy Haddock

  7. Fronnie Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm #


    Nice to hear from you. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  8. LA aka Leslie Ann Sartor Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Fronnie,

    Great blog you have! Thanks for sharing such great news about Jessica. She leaped and the net was surely there. And yes, the net is crucial but so is all the hard work she’s done.


  9. Fronnie Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm #

    Hey Leslie,

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. It’s good to know that Jessica’s story has resonated with other writers.

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