Newest book optioned for TV/film development!

Here’s some news I’ve been eager to share: my newest book, THE NAMING GIRL, was recently optioned for TV/film development by Good Neighbors Media. Jennifer Phang, the director, and Robert Chang, the producer attached to the project have been amazing to work with. This is a book inspired by my daughters, and by the complex web of poverty that drives rainforest destruction. It’s an unusual story with some wild twists. I can’t wait to see what it becomes.

About the book: “The story centers on Ash Narro, who is known in her village for her peculiar knack for naming sticks, rocks, carpet bags, and anything else that catches her fancy. But when terrible shape-shifting monsters charge out of the cloud forest to attack her village, Ash discovers that names have power. In this steampunk fairy tale, the perils of deforestation and the power of friendship are explored through a fantastical adventure involving giant mist leopards, tempestuous forest spirits, and a girl with a special gift for shaping what things become.

Here’s a great article from DEADLINE about the deal: Good Neighbors Media Acquires Rights to YA Novel ‘The Naming Girl,’ Jennifer Phang to Direct

Advantageous is one of the movies Jennifer Phang has directed and Good Neighbors Media produced. I highly recommend watching it on Netflix.

Jennifer was recently selected by SiFiWire as one of the “Greatest Female Sci-Fi Directors of All Time.” I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to work with her and Robert. Here’s what she said about the project: “I’m excited to bring another fantastical world to life. The themes in The Naming Girl are particularly timely. It is a story for audiences of all ages about the power of genuine friendship, adventure, and human connection with nature.”

Fingers crossed that this will get financing and go into production soon. I’ll keep y’all posted on how things develop, and what I learn along the way.

My dog is eager to see the movie.


  1. Deborah Eglin says

    A TV show about one of your books! This news is fantastic. You are truly gifted, and I know that your family are great inspirations. I like your dog and like him we can’t wait for you show to come out. What is your dogs name?

  2. I like your dog , she is cute =)))))


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