But publishers weren't the only ones with their eye on "Tiger's Curse." Movie producers approached her about the story and purchased the entire five-book series for three years. Purchasing the idea of the story allows one producer to raise money for the film and gain interest from a Hollywood studio. Development of "Tiger's Curse" as a 3D movie using real tigers has been going on for a year. Each book in the "Tigers" series is based on an element: earth, air, water and fire, and the element for book five Houck is keeping a secret, even though the four books will contain clues.
For Houck, who always believed she would be a teacher for deaf kids, the process has been shocking and quick. With three more books to write, she stopped working as an interpreter to become a full-time writer.
"Sometimes I feel like a babe in the woods as a writer," said Houck, who was married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1994. "I feel like I'm behind in the game because I never thought this would be my career. I had to change my whole way of understanding the world by changing jobs. It's been a fun and exciting thing."
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