Traverse City Record-Eagle

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April 6, 2014

'Bootstrapper' author sells film rights

TRAVERSE CITY — Mardi Jo Link was grocery shopping when she got the news that could change her life.

“One night my agent called me and said, ‘Do you know who Rachel Weisz is?’” said Link, author of three nonfiction books set in northern Michigan. “I said, ‘Isn’t she an actress?’ and she said, ‘She’s the actress who wants to play you.’”

Now Link is about to sign over the film option rights to her 2013 memoir to the Academy Award-winning actress and her husband, actor Daniel Craig.

Link said the deal came together in a roundabout way after director Laurie Collyer came to the Traverse City Film Festival in July.

“She happened to go in Horizon Books and she happened to buy a copy of ‘Bootstrapper,’” said Link, whose memoir is about raising three sons on a northern Michigan farm after a catastrophic divorce. “She’s a friend of Rachel Weisz and she told her she was looking for a fun read and got halfway through the book and said, ‘This is a movie.’”

It turns out Collyer (“Sunlight Jr.” and “Sherry Baby”) and Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) had been looking to collaborate on a project. Collyer contacted her agent to learn if the option rights to the book were available, then contacted Weisz. From there the pair approached Link’s agent and a Hollywood agent.

“I was just going along happily without any idea this was going on,” said Link, also author of “When Evil Came to Good Hart” and “Isadore’s Secret.”

“I found out in November.”

Link said the paperwork to seal the deal is ready to sign and that Weisz and Collyer may come to her house to meet her at an undecided date. Link’s four-acre East Bay Township farm was the setting for “Bootstrapper.”

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