Maria Semple — American Novelist born on December 30, 1964,

Maria Keogh Semple is an American novelist and screenwriter. She is the author of This One Is Mine and Where'd You Go, Bernadette. Her television credits include Beverly Hills, 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, Suddenly Susan and Ellen... (wikipedia)

I keep an elaborate calendar for my characters detailing on which dates everything happens. I'm constantly revising this as I go along. It gives me the freedom to intricately plot my story, knowing it will at least hold up on a timeline.
My talent isn't so much in traditional research as in finding really smart people and badgering them with questions.
When you need a good laugh, do you reach for a book? I don't. I expect books to move me deeply and submerge me in another reality. So when a novel makes me roar with laughter, it's always a delightful surprise.
We need to preserve our neighborhoods, our small business, our local economy.
There's a happiness that comes from writing that I won't live without.

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