Although I’ve been writing and publishing for 50 years, I’m always thrilled when a new book is launched. THE RED SCARF, published recently, is the sequel to THE HAT.
And its sequel, THE NECKLACE, is in process on my computer, and should be finished soon. The three novels follow Kate Brady from the age of 18 to 80, and reflect my keen interest in the lives of women.
I’m often asked about why I continue to write, especially now that I am in my nineties. Writers will understand my response: because I can’t not do it.
I’ve always heard that you should write what you know. Somehow, my personal experience is woven in with the fiction in some mysterious way. In fact, I even wrote a memoir a few years ago. Here’s a little more about being “the good wife”.
“Don’t be somebody’s wife,” my mother said. “Look at Mary Ann Baxter, already set up in a grand apartment on Park Avenue in Manhattan.” Mary Ann had been a model with me at Halle’s before leaving for New York and sexual success. “Be an adventuress,” she told me. “Use them before they use you.”