I am a novelist and recovering screenwriter. My first novel The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc,
was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured selection and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It became a national best-seller and is now in its 22st printing.
It engendered The Southern Belle’s Handbook, Sissy Leblanc’s Rules to Live By
, which included all Sissy’s rules such as, “It’s okay for a woman to know her place, she just shouldn’t stay there.”
My next novel, The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell
about intolerance and love is set in 1920, a time when women were expected to “know their place.” Prohibition was in full swing, women were clamoring for the vote, and a narrow-minded intolerance was sweeping the world.
During my screenwriting days, I wrote screenplays, pilots, and MOWS including episodes of The Highlander, The Equalizer, Crime Story, Chips, Knots Landing, Dynasty,
and The Waltons
, but I'm best remembered for writing that cultural icon the “Who Shot J.R.?” episode of Dallas.
I taught screenwriting at UCLA for seven years and worked as an international screenwriting consultant in Germany, Sweden, Spain, and Canada. I'm on the Board of Directors of PEN USA, a past Board Member of Women In Film and longtime Trustee of the Women In Film Foundation. I'm also a member of Northwestern’s Council of 100 and NUEA where I mentor young alums. I live in Beverly Hills with my husband, writer-producer Carleton Eastlake, and I continue to enjoy Bad Behavior.