SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – A popular romance novel by a Sioux Falls author is now being adapted for film.
Sioux Falls’ mother, Amy Daws, published her first book in 2014.
“A memoir called Chasing Hope, which is about my struggle with recurring miscarriages,” Daws said. “These rings I wear are what Sanford Hospital gives you if you lose a baby.”
But after writing about her emotional journey, she decided to switch to something lighter.
“I decided to try my hand at romance, now I’m 22 books later and I’m still doing it,” Daws said.
She has been a full-time writer for five years and publishes at least two books a year.
“Every day I do authoring work, whether it’s signing books or doing marketing or social media, it’s a big part of the success of my business,” said Daws.
Daws credits TikTok videos for the sudden success of several of her books.
“With the advent of TikTok, all of my old books now have a chance to take off again,” Daws said.
That’s exactly what happened when one of her books, published more than two years ago, was shared online by an influencer.
“My book, Blindsided, reached number one in the entire Amazon Kindle store, which rivals all books, that’s because some TikTokers did a TikTok about my book,” Daws said.
Daws also shares much of her writing process on social media, including one of her unique sources of inspiration.
“I’ve noticed that my posts on social media have gone a bit viral. It wasn’t until Buzzfeed asked for an interview that I realized I was blowing up,” Daws said.
An overnight sensation because she found inspiration for her writing.
“I had just quit my job to be a full-time writer, I couldn’t find a rhythm at home,” Daws said.
She tried many different cafes around town but couldn’t let the words flow until one day she had problems with her car.
“I brought my laptop and sat in their customer service center and suddenly I was inspired,” Daws said.
Over the next few weeks, Daws used every excuse he could think of to return to the tire-tire-tire lobby.
“I was taking my family’s cars for an oil change, my neighbors were like, ‘Hey, can I take your car for an oil change, I really want to sit in this customer convenience center,'” Daws said.
Once Tires, Tires, Tires figured out what they were up to, they rolled out the welcome mat in a big way and even installed an extra power outlet and USB station at Daw’s favorite spot in the customer center.
“A tire shop and a novelist is an unlikely pairing,” said Daws.
The perfect recipe for a great romance novel – and the inspiration for her book Wait With Me.
“It’s about a romance novelist who sneaks into the waiting room of a tire shop to write,” Daws said.
She wrote in the book about some of her writing experiences at Tires Tires Tires.
“While I was there, some funny things happened to me in the waiting room, one of my author friends pranked me and had a pizza delivered to the waiting room, which was totally fine,” Daws said.
Of all her romance novels, Wait With Me has the most references and connections to Sioux Falls.
“I wouldn’t have written Wait With Me if I hadn’t snuck into Tires Tires Tires all those years ago, really funny that all those books were made into a movie,” Daws said.
Now her Sioux Falls-inspired book will soon be released as a film.
“One day I happened to get an email from a company called Passionflix saying we’d like to make your book into a movie. Is it open to movie options?” Daws said.
Passionflix is an app similar to Netflix that has produced about 30 original productions, all bringing romance novels to life.
“They love to stay true to the book, involve the author, and make sure it stays true to the story,” Daws said.
Over the past few months, Daws has played a key role in helping the production team bring their fictional characters to life.
“Once they gave the green light to production, it was a quick way to get the script done, the casting, everything, and next thing I’m flying out to Atlanta and I’m at this tire shop that they set up to be just like Tires Tires Tires I watch people turn my book into a movie,” Daws said.
And after her first day on set, she quickly found another incredible connection to South Dakota in the actress who played the lead Katie Smith – the romance novelist on Wait With Me.
“Madison Lawler, the girl that’s in my movie, is from South Dakota, she’s from Rapid City,” Daws said.
A perfect match for a book and now a movie, it all started in a Sioux Falls car dealership.
“I never intended to write a romance about a tire shop, but here I am and now it’s going to be a movie,” Daws said.
Wait With Me, the film just wrapped up filming last week and will likely be released on Passionflix and Amazon Prime Video sometime this spring.