Performed by Michelle Alexander
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What is your novel about?
The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends – five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.
The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.
What genres would you say this novel is in?
How would you describe this story in two words?
Humorous and sad
What movie have you seen the most in your life?
An Affair to Remember (the original)
How long have you been working on this story?
12 years (it was published in 2009 and was optioned for the big screen in 2010)
Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
“The Other Side of Midnight” by Sidney Sheldon
What motivated you to write this story?
I wanted to write about how enduring friendships expand our compassion and lend meaning to our lives.
What artist would you love to have dinner with? v
Dorothy Parker – would love to sit with her at the Algonquin Roundtable.
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Theater and movies
What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?
I love my eccentric characters and wanted to hear them speak.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep learning your craft. Attend every workshop, lecture or conference you can and keep writing, even if you think it’s crap!
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Editor: John Johnson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
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