Amanda’s novel could be destined for TV success

Amanda Brobyn with her latest novel, Some Like it Hot. INNT 52-500CON
Amanda Brobyn with her latest novel, Some Like it Hot. INNT 52-500CON

NEWTOWNABBEY writer Amanda Brobyn could be set to make a major breakthrough into the world of television.

Amanda, who lives with her husband and children near Glengormley, last year landed a three-book deal with Ireland’s number one publisher of fiction for women, Poolbeg Press Ltd.

The talented University of Ulster graduate, who studied a Masters in Film and Television Production, gave up a successful career in banking in order to concentrate on her writing full-time.

Her first novel, Crystal Balls, was a big hit with ‘chick lit’ fans. But her second offering, Some Like it Hot, is proving even more successful.

Some Like it Hot is about five friends who offer a lifeline to each other. They meet over dinner and while one bowl of curry is served, so too is a bowl with five slips of paper, each containing the women’s secret problems. One anonymous dilemma is drawn for reading, but ‘The Curry Club’ members have no idea whose life is being dissected.

Some Like it Hot, originally a screenplay entitled The Curry Club, was rewritten by Amanda to turn it into a novel. And she’s now in negotiations about the possibility of turning the book into a television series.

“It’s amazing just how many TV shows and films are adapted from successful novels, so I thought I’d turn my strategy on its head and rewrite the script so to speak and try to get Some Like it Hot out there as a novel.

“I’m talking to a large production company at the minute about turning it into a TV series. They haven’t committed to anything yet, but communications are ongoing, so fingers crossed,” she told the Times.

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