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Interview with Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room

Rita Lakin, author of the book The Only Woman in the Room, was recently interviewed by Norm Goldman of BookPleasures.com. They talked about what inspired her to become a television writer and about her most recent book. Get a more in-depth look at their interview in the excerpt below!


00143141Norm: Good day Rita and thanks for participating in our interview

How did you get started in writing? What keeps you going?

Rita: I can’t recall a time I wasn’t writing, even as a child. I love writing and even re-writing, that makes it easy to keep going.

Norm: Why do we like to read and watch fiction?

Rita: Entertainment, escape, wanting to get involved, boredom, a lifelong hobby, experiences to share with family and friends, to name a few.

Norm: Where did you get the ideas for your television shows as well as your novels?

Rita: In TV, the series show determined what I might write. Medical shows, cop shows, etc. In movies, there also was a determining factor, like wanting suspense, a medical theme, or heartfelt drama. In my Gladdy Gold novels, Getting Old is Murder, etc, they came out of my wanting to write a valentine for my mother as well as deal with aging in America. At the same time, I get to write comedy, something I’ve always wanted to do, but couldn’t in TV. For my gothic thriller, Four Coins of the Kaballah, the idea came from a phrase I read in a reference book, which triggered the whole novel. A Summer Without Boys came from a real life experience.

Norm: How would you rate and compare television writing today as compared when you were an active television writer?

Rita:. A world of difference. How would you compare an old Model T Ford with any car of today? Cable opened up TV to anything and everything feature films could do. Barriers are gone. There’s sex, strong language, much more complex plotting and more sophisticated excellent writing. The TV of my time was bland (one prime example would be the “sex” scene I wrote for Peyton Place).


Read the full interview over at BookPleasures!