Episode No. 68: Maria Semple, Novelist


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Maria Semple just dropped her second novel, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, on the world. (Get it on Amazon here.) The book is getting publicity in all the right places: The New York Times, The Huffington Post, NPR, and even a TED Talk.

This is Semple’s second novel, but she’s been writing for years — from screenplay development deals back in Los Angeles in the 1980s to a long TV writing career. In fact, do you remember this gem from Beverly Hills 90210? It’s from an episode she wrote:

This conversation is a short, but interesting look at the craft of writing — and of being a writer. And here’s a beautiful irony: Semple lives in Seattle, a city known for its rain. I taped this in New York, a city known for, well, a lot of trash on the seats and top-flight culture. Regardless, it was raining in New York for the beginning of this interview — and you can hear a bit of rain on my window for five or so minutes. Ignore it. It’s nothing, and the interview is still really interesting.

And yes, Color Me Badd does come up.

(And for those of you in the trivia game/ Simpsons fans: the boyfriend she speaks of is George Meyer.)

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