You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
One of the most frequently asked questions when you’re an author is: ‘Would you like one of your books to be made into a movie?’
Given that I’ve been doing my dream job for the last decade, I’d never let myself dwell on such an outlandish ambition.
But I can’t deny this fantasy had occurred to me once or twice, before I’d mentally slapped myself on both cheeks and got back to work.
And, although my next book has been optioned for a Hollywood movie (YES, REALLY!), that was the last thing on my mind when I began work on ‘You, Me, Everything’, my first novel writing as Catherine Isaac.
My starting point was simply an idea for a love story, but an unusual and unconventional one.
Like the novels I’d written under the pseudonym Jane Costello, it was still uplifting and full of humour, but this wasn’t a romantic comedy. At its heart was something bigger and more important than anything I’d ever tackled. I was both daunted by and determined to see this through, refusing to submit to a stubborn bout of anxiety that I was risking everything in the genre I was known for.
After submitting the completed novel to my agent and editor, I had the worst night’s sleep of my life. And while they were mercifully full of enthusiasm after they’d read it, it wasn’t until months later that I started to grasp the full impact this book would have on my life.
My first book deal came from Germany after the editor of the publishing house Rowohlt stayed up all night to read it and made an offer the very next morning.
Others followed – France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, China, Brazil, Russia – until translation rights were sold in 20 languages and counting.
When I’d stopped spinning, the news came that an auction was taking place in the USA, before the book was snapped up by Pamela Dorman Books.
This didn’t just mean that I would reach readers in the States for the first time; I’d also have the honour of working with the legendary Pam herself, who’d published Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
Which brings me to the ultimate ‘pinch me’ moment: the day I found out that Temple Hill – the Hollywood studio that made The Fault in Our Stars and Twilight – had optioned my book.
It was a glamorous moment indeed. The phone rang after I’d just finished scrubbing mud off the kids’ football boots and was trying to coax them off the X-Box by threatening to cut the plug off.
Which kind of sums up my life. In some ways nothing has changed. In other ways, everything has.
That’s how I hope readers who’ve enjoyed my Jane Costello books will see ‘You, Me, Everything’. The same but different in all the best ways.
This was an important novel for me even before this whirlwind of interest from around the world, which is why I’ll be blogging in the run up to publication next Spring – on booksandthecity.co.uk, as well as my new website www.catherine-isaac.com.
It’s here that I’ll be revealing news about the book and movie every step of the way, starting – on June 12th – with the cover, which will appear here for the first time. I hope you’ll come along with me for what’s proving to be quite a ride.
* You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac will be published in the UK in Spring 2018 by Simon & Schuster.