Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jenny Milchman's 2-Minute Pitch for Ruin Falls

I'm a very busy (and somewhat rude) Movie Mogul so you've got 2 minutes to sell me on....what's it called? Snow Cover? Snow Blind? Under the Covers?

Oh. Cover of Snow.  And you've been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award? OK, I've just used up ten of your 120 seconds.

Wait. It's not Cover of Snow? It's your second book, Ruin Falls?

OK, go for it but I've got to warn you, you're already behind the 8-ball with all this book-switching nonsense.

Why did you pick this title? 

I love titles with double meanings. There’s an actual waterfall in my novel, which plays a role in the plot. But there’s also a poem and the other meaning of the title is included in this line:  
When ruin falls
the rest comes down…

What’s the logline? 

The most dangerous secrets are the ones we keep from ourselves.

What’s the Teaser Pitch? 

On the first day of a long awaited vacation, Liz Daniels walks in to check on her two young children only to find them missing from the hotel bed. But the real battle begins once she discovers where they’ve gone.

Who is your protagonist/hero and how does she change in the book? 

Liz Daniels is a passive wife who has allowed her charismatic husband to steer most of the decisions in their marriage. But only Liz can get their children back once they disappear. To do that, she will have to become a strong woman who can drive things.

How did you come up with the idea? 

One day while on vacation, I tucked the kids in to bed in a hotel suite, and it occurred to me. In a suite, the sofa bed is by the exit door, while the grownups sleep inside. How scary is that? The idea for Ruin Falls came out of that realization.

Why should I, the Incredibly Rich and Handsome Movie Mogul, buy this book? 

Because viewers love family thrillers, stories we all can relate to, and Hollywood needs more female lead movies.

Damn it, you're right! We could get Glenn Close and if she's not available, Chloris Leachman. I'm sold. Here's a check for a couple of million--don't cash it for a day or two just in case.

Jenny Milchman's journey to publication took thirteen years, after which she hit the road for seven months with her family on what Shelf Awareness called "the world's longest book tour". Her debut novel, Cover of Snow, was chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick, reviewed in the New York Times and San Francisco Journal of Books, and nominated for a Mary Higgins Clark award. Jenny is also the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and chair of International Thriller Writers' Debut Authors Program. Jenny's second novel, Ruin Falls, comes out in April, and she's already filling up the car. You can, and should, check her out at

[Terry: I have to say that a seven-month book tour WITH family sounds like fun. Of course, that's because my daughters are 29 and 43 and the pain of parenthood is far behind me. Still, it would be cool.]  

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