“Creating art is painful. It takes time, practice, and the courage to stand alone. I guess that's what art is: Turning something painful into something people can relate to.” – Maria Semple
Born on this date in 1964, Semple. She is both a screenwriter and novelist, author of This One Is Mine, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, and Today Will Be Different. Where'd You Go, Bernadette spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list, won the American Library Association's Alex Award, and was shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction.
Born in Santa Monica, CA, she moved with her family to Spain, Los Angeles and Aspen, CO before heading off to boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall and then on to Barnard College where she received a BA in English. After making a splash in screenwriting, where she won several major awards, she wrote her first novel in 2008 after moving to Seattle where she and her family now reside.
“After decades spent in rewrite rooms surrounded by other shouting writers, I discovered that I work best alone,” Semple noted. “I like being in charge of my time, working out the problems according to my own rhythms and being able to nap.”
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