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Thursday, December 27, 2018

An adult version of being a kid

“Being a novelist is the adult version of a kid creating a make-believe world. But unlike a child, a writer of fiction has to come up with a structured story, one that has as much meaning for others as it has for her.” – Susan Isaacs

Born on this date in 1943 and raised in New York City, Isaacs began her writing career as a freelance political speechwriter while simultaneously serving as an editor for Seventeen magazine.  In her mid-30s she decided to veer away from journalism and speechwriting and try her hand at fiction.  Good move.  Her first novel (and first attempt at fiction), Compromising Positions, was chosen as a main selection of the Book of the Month Club and was a New York Times bestseller.

Since then she’s authored 15 books, numerous essays, screenplays, and a work of cultural criticism, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women are Really Doing on Page and Screen.      All of her books have been best sellers and her works have been translated into 30 languages.   In addition to writing books and screenplays, Isaacs has reviewed fiction and nonfiction for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Newsday.

She said she loves the writing process.  “There are days where I lose track of time, of place, of everything else,” she said,  “because I've been transported to another universe. “

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