“The Grey Zone,” a thriller with a chameleon-like female protagonist who’s a product of the foster care system, won’t be published until Spring, but it’s already exciting interest among some Hollywood elite. In fact, according to author Daphna Ziman, two major film stars, a female and a male, are working on trying to bring the novel to screen as a vehicle for themselves.
How did Ziman get so lucky? Well, she isn’t just any ordinary writer.
The founder and chairwoman of Children Uniting Nations, an organization that introduces caring adults into foster children’s lives, she’s the parent of a former foster child herself — and she is a familiar face among celebrities who’ve taken part in Day of the Child and other events benefiting children in the system. Names like George Clooney, Seal, Jamie Foxx, Adrian Grenier, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald and John Paul DeJoria.
Virgin America is sponsoring her book tour travel. “That was a surprise to me,” says Ziman. The corporation has been a supporter of Children Uniting Nations.
Ziman is using the platform she’s providing herself with the novel to also rally support for two bills heading to Congress. One would allow forgiveness of student loans for students who would then serve as academic mentors to foster children.
“I feel that serving America by educating America is key to the well-being of our future,” she says.
And another adds a mental health care component to services for foster kids. Ziman reports that Lakers star Ron Artest is donating his championship ring to be auctioned off for the cause.