Fern Field has been in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. She began her career at Norman Lear’s Tandem Productions, working as assistant to the Executive Producer of the sit-com MAUDE. She produced USA’s hit television series MONK, which ended an 8 season run last year, and she was Consulting Producer on the indie feature film “SHAKESPEARE’S CAT”.
In 2007, she created and produced a competition/game show designed to promote and encourage the correct use of English for CSUSB Palm Desert Campus with high school students competing for college scholarships. A second Special was produced in 2008 and both shows aired on KCET Desert Cities.
Some of her other credits include children’s programs, sit-coms, dramatic and action-adventure series, movies-of-the-week, and mini-series featuring such stars as James Garner, Mary Tyler Moore, Christopher Plummer, Sam Neil, and many others.
She has been honored with a prime-time EMMY, two GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY Awards, two HUMANITAS awards, the NAACP Image Award, and an OSCAR nomination for a comedy-musical featurette designed to encourage the employment of persons with disabilities. The film changed the entertainment industry’s perception of persons with disabilities and Field received the DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD for her work from President Ronald Reagan.
She first began writing when she was about 10 years old and tried her hand at a Nancy Drew novel. Coming across those pages half a century later, she determined it was some of the best writing she had ever done. Of course, when she was a teenager and showed it to her then high school sweetheart - he suggested she was a very good plagiarist!
Perhaps that set her back a number of years. It wasn’t until she was attending Columbia University as an adult in the Extension Program in the 60’s and living on Riverside Drive with a great view of the Hudson River, that one late night after completing her homework she got an inspiration and wrote a dozen short stories. Now titled “We Met By Chance,” it will be published next year, along with a collection of poems in English and Italian titled, “As I Sat Thinking” and “Pensieri d’Amore d’una Straniera a Roma” (“Thoughts of Love from a Stranger in Rome”).
Her first non-fiction book, “Letters to My Husband,” was published as a trade paperback in 1994 and later in hard cover editions in Canada, the United States and Japan. It will come out as an e-book later this year and an audio book is also in the planning stages.
Her most current book “They Call Me Destiny” – a book she says her cat wrote in Italian and which she translated.
Fern Field Brooks
I hope you will love the book as much as I did.