Who inspired you to become a writer?
The work of great writers like Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Bronte. Also, the poetry of T.S. Eliot and e.e. Cummings. It was inspiring, but also intimidating. Sometimes when you’re feeling both, it takes years before you attempt to write fiction.
What is your cure for writer's block?
A few hours of housework or cleaning out closets will get me back to the computer fast!
How did you celebrate the publication of your first book?
I went to Chicago, visited friends and family, slept in, shopped, attended a Cubs game, ate pizza and ice cream, and didn’t work for a week.
What is your favorite thing to do when you go to Las Vegas?
Hang out in the Flamingo garden on a Saturday afternoon and watch the weddings taking place. I love to see people all dressed up, smiling, and glowing with happiness as they take their vows in this brief, romantic ceremony, and walk away believing they will live happily ever after. I also love playing slot machines into the wee, small hours, and walking around the Bellagio and Caesar’s on Saturday night watching people from all over the world having a good time and getting along. The Strip is a giant, 24/7 international block party.
Who would you cast in the movie of "A Slot Machine Ate My Midlife Crisis?”
Jennifer Aniston as Wendy
Cameron Diaz as Paula
Aaron Eckhart as Roger
Brad Pitt as Gary (It might be a little awkward for Jennifer and Brad to do the romantic scenes. Maybe they could use stunt doubles?)
George Clooney as Kent
Scarlett Johansson as Paige
Anne Hathaway (with a little nose enhancement) as Serena
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
Write what you want to write. Don’t worry about how others will react to it. No matter what you do, someone will be unhappy. That’s unavoidable, so come up with an idea you believe in, and do it. You have to spend so many hours, seven days a week, working on a story or book. It has to be something you love.
What is next for you? What project are you working on?
I’m not doing any creative work at the moment because I’m promoting “Slot.” Short term, I might go to Europe and do a travel story. Long term, I might do a sequel, or go in a totally different direction. But I miss writing, so it’s inevitable that I will go back.
Thank you for the fun interview, Irene!! (And to you as well, Samantha!)
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