Thayer signed an option to have the rights to “Let It Snow” sold to Hallmark Channel two years ago, but the pandemic has complicated production.
Last year the option was renewed and early in the summer Thayer got a call from his agent saying that filming would start this fall and go out with the title “Nantucket Christmas” November 19.
Keeping the news under wraps until August was painful and exciting for Thayer, though ultimately she considers herself a spectator of the production. In his mind, the film will be a separate entity from the novel. She had no input on the script or any aspect of the production, which she was fine with.
“It’s a good thing because I’m not a screenwriter. I would probably cry at all the changes they make. I’m working on another book, I’m leaving the script to them, but I can’t wait to watch it,” Thayer said.
“It seems strange to say that this is just another milestone in my career, but I’ve always wanted to write. I love to read, and books are so much more fulfilling. A word or two words or a sentence can stop me, but movies, TV, it’s fast I find TV very relaxing, but I don’t get the deep, deep engagement.
Thayer writes characters with conflicts that are important and relevant to her, whether it’s mental health or income inequality, and “Let it Snow” is no different.
Although it contains romance and a feel-good happy ending, the central The struggle of the protagonist, Christina, is all too familiar to islanders all year round. She faces rent hikes imposed by a miserly billionaire who threatens to sink her small business.
“I’ve lived in Nantucket for 37 years and I know people who own stores and know how much work it takes to keep them open,” Thayer said.
Despite the novel’s commentary on the ongoing discussion of housing and class in Nantucket, Thayer avoids painting a one-dimensional picture of the problem. Oscar Bittlesman, for example, the billionaire antagonist Scrooge-ish, isn’t a completely evil character. Instead, Thayer wanted to shed light on how Nantucket’s wealthier residents are also an integral part of the community.
“I didn’t want to make Oscar really, deeply terrible. There are a lot of people we know who are so generous to the island, and all of our nonprofits couldn’t exist without those people,” he said. she said, “So on top of that, but Oscar might change his mind.”
When asked why this book, from his prolific library, was chosen to be adapted for the screen, Thayer insists it’s because this story has a message of hope.
“A lot of times I write about redemption, but it’s not religious, and I also want to write about women and women’s lives,” she said.
“It’s a deeply positive book. Ultimately, ‘Let It Snow’ is a merry Christmas story. My view of the world is yin/yang. It’s half good and half bad, and I think we all have to do what we can to make it 48% bad and 52% good.
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