-If you are fan of romance novels, then you may have seen Brenda Jackson's books on shelves.
But what you may not know is that the author is a Jacksonville native who has written books such as "The Proposal," "Inseparable" and "Hidden Pleasures."
Many of them have made the New York Times bestseller list, and now one of Jackson's books can be seen on the big screen."Truly Everlasting" isn't the first book written by Jackson to be made into a movie. In the 1990s, the television network BET turned one of her novels into a made-for-TV movie. But this time, the homegrown author wanted complete autonomy.
"We took a chance. I didn't want any investors because if something screwed up, I wanted it to be our money, our loss," Jackson said.She and her husband invested $500,000 of their retirement money in this independent film."I knew then that I had to be on top of this movie every step of the way," Jackson said.
She bought two homes in historic Springfield, one for the crew and another to serve as a production house. Fortunately, she didn't have to look far for a director. Her son has a film degree from Columbia University in New York.
"It is a beautiful Christmas story, so I knew that that would be the story that I would want to show."
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