Fox News gets into movies with story from romance novelist

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NEW YORK, Aug 21, (AP): Fox News is getting into the movies by producing its first feature film, an adaptation of “The Shell Collector” from romance novelist Nancy Naigle. The movie, which debuts Sept 1, is the first of four films planned over the next year on the Fox Nation streaming service, the network said Tuesday. The next film will be timed for the holidays.

“The Shell Collector” is described as a heartwarming story about a widow with two children who attempts to find a new life in their seaside town following the death of her husband. Caitlin Clark, Christopher Russell and Jennifer Higgins are featured actors in the film, produced with Cartel Pictures. Fox follows CNN, which has its own active CNN Films division that makes documentaries. Several of Naigle’s holiday books have been made into movies by the Hallmark Channel. In 2003, Naigle made the firm decision to pursue writing balancing her writing with her position at the Bank of America. In 2011, she published her first novel, Sweet Tea and Secrets, a contemporary romance with a dash of suspense, which kicked off her popular Adams Grove series.

Sweet Tea and Secrets hit the “Amazon Top 100” in Kindle Romantic Suspense, and Naigle went on to publish Out of Focus, book two in the series. In 2012, Naigle signed a four-book deal for the Adams Grove series with Montlake Romance, an Amazon Publishing imprint. Sweet Tea and Secrets along with Out of Focus were re-published by Montlake and Naigle continued to publish four additional books to the series. In August 2013, Naigle’s box set, authored with nine other authors, became a USA Today Bestseller. A year later, she took an early retirement from Bank of America to write full time, and has since penned multiple series such as the Book Creek Novels and the G Team Mysteries. It was book one, In for a Penny, of the G Team series that landed Naigle back on the USA Today Bestsellers list in June 2016.

In March 2017, Naigle’s Christmas Joy sold to Crown Media and Hallmark for their holiday season programming. This kickstarted a current flourishing relationship with Hallmark. Christmas Joy premiered on the Hallmark Channel, Nov 3, 2018. A second novel, Hope at Christmas, sold to Crown Media and Hallmark and premiered, Nov 20, 2018.

Naigle has also signed deals for the novelization of two Hallmark movies, Christmas in Evergreen (July 10, 2018) and Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa (July 16, 2019), as well as an original novel, The Secret Ingredient (Feb 12, 2019) which aired on Hallmark Channel as an original movie in February 2020. Naigle continues to write small-town romances and keeps her writing diverse by also penning single title novels, holiday-themed novels, short stories, and has co-authored a young adult novel. She is active in several writer organizations including American Christian Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

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