Donald Miller’s NY Times bestseller Blue Like Jazz has finally made it to the big screen. After a record-breaking, fan-based, grassroots campaign raised $345,000 and saved the film, director Steve Taylor and cinematographer Ben Pearson made the movie on a shoestring budget of 1.3 million. Miller recently talked about how they transformed a nonfiction book into a movie, not a documentary. “We understood the book could not be turned into a film as it was,” he says. “We had to fictionalize a story based on the essays that are in the book so it would be thematic and there would be some central characters.” The DVD release is expected in August.

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C. J.'s love of reading began when she was a kid dragging home bags of books from the library. When she was twelve she started dreaming about becoming a published author. That dream came true when her first novel Thicker than Blood won a national writing contest. It became the first book in the Thicker than Blood series, which also includes Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind, and Running on Empty. She has also written Jupiter Winds and Jupiter Storm the first and second books in the Jupiter Winds series. Her children's fantasy Alison Henry and the Creatures of Torone has also been well received. C. J. lives in Pennsylvania with her whippets, two tabby cats, and a Paint mare named Sky.