"Right now I'm focused on the book," says Molly Ringwald. But she also is adapting the screenplay, and she has an album due in spring 2013.By Fergus Greer
"Right now I'm focused on the book," says Molly Ringwald. But she also is adapting the screenplay, and she has an album due in spring 2013.1. Did you marry a Greek-American so you can vacation there?
"That's right. All part of the grand plan!"2. It says here that you write with "a deep compassion for human imperfection." Do you relate?
(Laughs) "I think it's impossible to be human and not relate to that. Absolutely. We're all pretty flawed, but that's what makes us interesting." 3. In these tales, you follow a Los Angeles family through everyday life. Could that family sometimes be yours?
"No, they're very different from mine, although I do have a daughter and a husband. But no, fortunately it's not my family!"4. Writing is so solitary, the opposite of being on stage. What's harder, acting or writing?
Writing. I started acting as a child. It was very instinctive. In many ways children are the best actors. It just flows and it's natural. Writing is, like you say, very solitary. It's hard.5. Do you write these stories thinking they could be turned into a movie or play?
"I didn't when I was writing it. To write a novel just to be turned into a screenplay, you're cheating the art form. However, now I am thinking about it, but I also know that it's going to have to change quite a bit." For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, go to corrections.usatoday.com.