Jennifer Weiner has had multiple dream jobs, and there's no sign she's waking up anytime soon. She's an author with multiple best sellers, had her book In Her Shoes turned into a movie starring Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine, and created and ran a TV series, State of Georgia, on ABC Family. And in her free time, she shares her thoughts on women and publishing and live tweets The Bachelorette. For her latest novel, The Next Best Thing, about a twentysomething woman who moves to LA to try to make it in TV writing, Jennifer draws on her experience as a television showrunner.
Jennifer tells me that the story will appeal to "anyone who watches TV, anybody who's been in love with a show or wondered about an actor, been on Twitter, followed showrunners," or wondered "how does it all come together?" She says, "I had the experience of writing a pilot and casting a show and shooting a pilot. Having lived through all of that, I had stories to tell, and I thought, 'This is going to be a great novel.'"