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Interview on November 29, 2022
Everyone always asks me where I got my name. When I was a little girl I used to sit on Jimmy Hoffa’s knee when he came to my father’s local Teamster’s hall. Whenever Jimmy saw me, he would say: “Patzzzzzzzzzz two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar, if you don’t give me a hug, I’m going holler.”
He was always so good to me–and so good to all the truckers. Jimmy was born on Valentine’s Day and one year my Mom made a cake for him for dance at the hall. It was decorated with strawberries from Plant City, Florida. A rare treat in a Detroit winter. But the blizzard that night was not. I wrote a screenplay about it in “Two Bits, Four Bits” — the story of how Jimmy Hoffa played cupid and brought the trucker from Florida together with a young woman with polio. A love story and family comedy.
This is a ‘spec’ script for which I am hoping to find funding. Three of my ‘spec’ script have been optioned. I have also written the script for Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cummingham’s book, All American Boys, In 2008 we were in pre-production for The Sunshine Pilot, a script I wrote for Debbie Reynolds. The financial crisis of 2008 ended our hopes of getting it into production.
Delia Ephron, a bestselling NYT author is a also a screenwriter. Her films include You’ve Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In Siracusa she is a rather dark look at marriage set in the unusual city in Sicily.
My Life in Full is written and perfectly narrated by Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo. Not many business memoirs make you laugh and cry. A touching story of the first woman of color to head a major US corporatiom
The Last Mona Lisa by Jonathan Santlofer is a dual time–Paris of today and the Paris of 1900s when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum. A tense thriller by the award-winning crime writer.
Robert Dilenschneider has helped thousands of people develop their careers. In Decisions he shares what he has discovered behind the success of 23 remarkable people whose choices in life changed the world.
Are you like me? Tired of looking at those little squares on streaming channels? So frustrated by not finding anything new and original? I don’t want to see another re-make of Little Women, I’m bored with films that have no storyline, no originality — and no compelling dialog.
As the host of Joy on Paper, I read hundreds of books a year. Having been in the film business (three of my spec scripts were optioned) and adapting a number of books, I have a good eye for a good property. These are books I would option–have a look at them and contact the authors directly.
So wake up, Hollywood. Here are my suggestions. Entertain us. Inspire us. Make us laugh or cry…but for goodness sakes make something original!
Worthy McGuire – a heart-warming story of a family who a curmudgeon WWII Vet keep a promise he made on D-Day.
JILL D. BLOCK
Love in NYC is always fun. In 1981 Jenna celebrates her 18th birthday – and so her story begins with one of the best first sentences.
Civil War Commando
Dashing young hero, Will Cushing’s daring exploits on land & sea saved the a divided nation. The inspiration for Luke Skywalker.
Lily of Peru
A revolution, a lovely woman, an innocent American trying to save her during a bloody revolution.
Set to Neruda’s poetry.
An over eager TV writer meets an enigmatic enchantress on location in Florida. A darkly amusing love story of a sort,
The PatZi Prize comes with a cash award. The winners of the “Rising Star Prize” authors are those who have just started on the path we call JOY ON PAPER. Sponsored in 2022 by author Rita Moreau in honor of her husband, George.
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