Flirting with forty

If your book was turned into a movie, who would you like to see play your characters?

Movie of the book

Authors are often asked that question. Aah… if only! It would be so much fun to see my imagined characters come to life on screen—especially the dogs!

Best-selling author Jane Porter doesn’t have to dream about an imaginary cast. A few years back, her women’s fiction novel Flirting with Forty was made into a Lifetime Original movie starring Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley.

Flirting with Forty the movie closely follows Jane’s book—a coming-of-middle age story of a woman not ready to give up on love and life. Following a nasty divorce, on-the-cusp-of-forty Jackie Laurens goes on vacation to Hawaii. Her passionate fling with her much younger surfing instructor Kai (Kyle in the movie) leads her to question what she will risk for happiness.

Jane Porter (centre) with Heather Locklear and Robert Buckley

I can only imagine how exciting it must have been for Jane to watch the movie being filmed on location in Hawaii. Especially as Jane makes no secret that Flirting with Forty is based on her real-life love story with Ty Gurney.

“My favorite memory of the week was sitting in one of the director chairs wearing a headset and listening in during filming,” says Jane. “I was breathless all week watching scenes come to life. Those characters … mine! The setting, the story, the words … that started with me. I felt pride, but more than that, awe. Someone, somewhere, had loved my story so much they fought to bring it to life.”

When Flirting with Forty first aired in the US in 2008, it was watched by more than four million viewers, making it one of Lifetime Television’s four most-watched movies of 2008.

The book

Jane writes women’s fiction for 5 Spot/Hachette and passionate contemporary romance for Harlequin. I’ve met her in both the US and Australia where she has many fans. She’s a warm, generous person and a truly inspiring speaker—I’ve seen  audiences moved to tears as she talks about how she creates the memorable characters who people her books.

The Flirting With Forty movie will premiere for the first time in Australia on Foxtel TV at 8:30pm on Christmas Day and again on Valentine’s Day February 14—at last Aussie viewers will have the chance to see Jane’s story come to life on the screen. You can see the trailer here:

I’m a fan of both Jane and Heather Locklear and I can’t wait to see the movie!

Do you enjoy seeing a movie made of a book you love? Or do you prefer to keep it in your own imagination? To celebrate the Flirting with Forty movie’s Australian premiere, Jane has given me five signed copies of her book Flirting with Forty to give away to readers anywhere in the world. Make a comment for a chance to win! (Don’t forget to leave your email address.)

Visit Jane Porter’s website to read more about Flirting with Forty.