November 17, 2008
My first novel The Scandal of the Season
is a romantic comedy that I discovered by accident. I was writing my Ph.D about the famously misanthropic 18thC English poet Alexander Pope and I realized that a clandestine, upper-class romance lay behind his satirical poem The Rape of the Lock
. I decided to recreate it. In my novel the love-affair takes the hero and heroine by surprise — they think of themselves as world-weary, emotionally savvy individuals, but they’re blindsided when they meet each other.
I was 30 years old when I wrote Scandal
, living in L.A. Soon before it was published I...