Authors Clare Naylor and Mimi Hare return with more tales of the recently promoted Lizzie Miller in The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale From Behind the Hollywood Curtain (2006).
Picking up where The Second Assistant: A Tale From the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder left off, readers follow Lizzie Miller who has just been promoted to boss Scott Wagner's first assistant. A transplant from the East Coast, Lizzie seems to have finally broken into the business and is beginning to make a name for herself. No longer does she have to make constant runs to the Coffee Bean to satisfy Scott's caffeine cravings; that is now the unenviable task of Amber, the new second assistant. Amber is out to get Lizzie and thinks nothing of making her life miserable. Nevertheless, things are looking up for Lizzie professionally and also personally. She is now dating a successful Hollywood director, attending premieres on his arm, and hoping that he will soon pop the question with some jewels from Harry Winston.
However, not everything is perfect for Lizzie. Her boyfriend, Luke, is on location in Prague with his stunning ex-girlfriend starring in the film. She has an unwieldy client, the young Emerald Everhart, who requires a great deal of managing so as not to tarnish her reputation or that of The Agency. Soon, Lizzie is dispatched to Thailand to keep Emerald under control. In addition to everything else, Lizzie is upset when she is cheated out of a producer credit on a film she helped a friend bring to fruition. However, when an early screening of the film is less than successful, he is more than willing to give credit where credit is due.
Readers who are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Hollywood are sure to enjoy Naylor's and Hare's glimpse at the "man behind the curtain."
The First Assistant: A Continuing Tale From Behind the Hollywood Curtain is the second novel on which Naylor and Hare have collaborated. Clare Naylor is also the author of Dog Handling and Love: A User's Guide. Mimi Hare's most recent accomplishment is the writing of the screenplay for The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman.