A Small-Town Texas Story Gets A Shot On The Big Screen

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By Laura RiceOctober 27, 2020 2:27 pm, , ,

Marci Henna is the author of the Fireside, Texas, series. Her book “When We Last Spoke” has been turned into a major motion picture. Henna told Texas Standard she bases her books in part on her experiences growing up at her family ranch outside of Johnson City, near her grandparents.

“And we were very, very close to my grandparents so that when they passed, I missed them, and I wanted to do something to record the way they spoke, their pastimes and just ranch life. And that really was the seed that began the Fireside, Texas, series.”


“The way I got started in the movie business was that when I wrote ‘When We Last Spoke’ and I was about to publish it, I decided to make a book trailer, which is a lot like a movie trailer. It was a cutting edge thing to do at the time because I’d only seen one; I’d seen it on Facebook. I didn’t know what I was doing, but it worked out just fine.”


“I love small towns. There’s so much that resonates with me about them. Some of that had to do with the daily life, which is more connected not only to the present, but also to our pasts. There are many ways of going about doing things that are quite, quite traditional and have been taught from generation to generation.”


“We have a couple messages in this movie: One is, you’ve got to forgive others before you can move on. And another message, which is important to me, is that in whatever situation you find yourself, whatever you’re going through in life, you’ve got to dance where you are, dance the situation, because if you wait until things are perfect, you’re going to be waiting for a long time.”

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