Reporter: David Tate
Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed a best selling author to its annual meeting Wednesday.
New York Times Bestseller David Baldacci was invited to make the keynote address in front of a sellout crowd at Hotel Roanoke.
Governor McDonnell's wife Maureen also made an appearance.
The meeting focused on the region's new tourism campaign: "Virginia's Blue Ridge". The new movie that will be shot in the area is adapted from Baldacci's novel Wish You Well.
"Virginia was always where this book was going to be made. It was the place where it was set and Virginia is a character in this book so if we didn't make it in Virginia it wouldn't be worth making," said Baldacci.
"I hear there's some exciting announcements that are ahead of us, but what's going to have to happen is that the director that is hired will give the final approval as to which communities will have this filming," said Landon Howard, the executive director of the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Baldacci has a home in Bedford County and has family roots in southwestern Virginia.