This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
When Cally Taylor wrote Home For Christmas (published in 2011) she had no idea that one day her words and her characters would come to life on screen. This December, on December 5 2014 to be exact, Home For Christmas will be showing at selected cinemas.
JumpStart, in connection with Picture House and Our Screen, is putting on screenings of the film 'on demand' at various Picture House cinemas across the UK. This is a way of getting independent films shown, but it relies on pre-bookings, which have to be made by the end of November.
Cally has blogged about the film being made, and in this post she writes about figments of her imagination becoming real.
The story is about Beth. Beth works at the independent cinema in Brighton and has a gorgeous boyfriend. She wants to tell him she loves him and practices those three little words out loud whilst she's working.
Only, when the moment finally happens, it does not go to plan. The fancy dress pumpkin does not help.Then, Mrs Blackstock, the owner of the cinema, tells Beth she is selling up to a cinema chain, convinced by Matt, the south-east manager.
A romance not going to plan. And now she might lose her job. What else could go wrong for our heroine?
Matt visits Mrs Blackstock at her home, to convince her to sign the paperwork. And, hurrah!, she's only gone and made a carrot cake. You can't beat seeing a cake in the film. It makes Mrs Blackstock's kitchen seem homely and you can imagine the smell of baking in the kitchen. How Matt can initially say 'no thank you' when offered a slice, I don't know. Maybe he was being polite.
I've never made a carrot cake before. Possibly because of my aversion to carrots. But, thanks to Home for Christmas, Cally Taylor, Jumpstart Productions and Mrs Blackstock, I had a go, so I can munch on it whilst watching the rest of the film.
The recipe I used was Mary Berry's. Who else? You can find it on her website. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Home for Christmas. If you fancy seeing the entire film click here to see the list of screenings.