Former Soap Writer Pens Book on Comedy and Feminism

Author goes from soaps to book about comedy and feminism.
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Anna Fields/Inklings Literary Agency

Anna Fields/Inklings Literary Agency

Anna Fields could possibly be the most accomplished former soap opera writer of all time; and I didn't even know who she was until she popped up on the Google Alert I still have set up for As The World Turns!

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Fields, who wrote for both ATWT and One Life to Live, was recently interviewed by Paste Magazine about her new book The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture and Feminism. In the interview she revealed a career and life trajectory that would cause the average procrastinating writer to hide under the bed!

Here's an excerpt:

I had an internship at As the World Turns and I showed that first play to a Creative Executive, and I ended up writing for Guiding Light until the Writer’s Strike happened in 2007. I couldn’t work for TV anymore, so I wrote a proposal for my first book Confessions of a Rebel Debutante and applied to law school at the same time. I figured one of those two things would work out—but they both did! I deferred law school to write the book, then took a semester off for the book tour, another semester off to write on One Life to Live , then I finished law school, wrote and produced two independent films (and a couple web series) and wrote briefly for Cartoon Network.

She finished law school amid writing for OLTL, Cartoon network and web series? I have to delete all my Facebook gaming apps today. Pick up a copy of Fields' new book at Amazon!