Horse Novel optioned for TV series

NewsThursday 26 April 2012

It’s a testament to the power of social media.  When struggling single mom M. Garzon’s first novel Blaze of Glory was released in June 2011, she didn’t expect it to garner much attention. “The publishing industry is broke,” she was told.  But less than a year later, the book has been optioned for television, recommended on the USA Today website, and nominated for a Global eBook Award.  How?  All thanks to Facebook.

When M. Garzon posted news of Blaze of Glory’s release on Facebook, a former riding student read it, loved it, and recommended it to her father, L.A. film producer Pieter Kroonenburg.  Kroonenburg was interested in making a film out of the story, but would not have been able to begin the process for some time.  Shortly afterward, another Facebook contact reported that Montreal television producer Murray Shostak (who was involved in the creation of Heartland) was also interested in the book, and in February 2012 Blaze of Glory was optioned.  In the interim the book was also recommended on the USA Today website (thanks to a chain of events precipitated by a Facebook contact) as well as nominated for a Global eBook award.  The novel is part romance, part family drama, and is set in the horse world.  It has been described as a cross between Twilight and The Horse Whisperer.

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