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#18: Anthony & Lauren LeDonne
Two someones You Might Like For a Litany of Literary Reasons
This week’s person is…
Actually two people. At once.
And not just any two people: two of my favorite people in all of New York. And the Tri-state. Also, the World:
They just finished writing and selling a screenplay together, and the book version of it just came out!
The book is called Emergency Contact, and I’m not all the way finished with it: The galley has been sitting on Sophie’s nightstand for months and I’ve been deathly afraid to move it. One doesn’t remain married by removing books from their spouse’s nightstand. She has the discipline to peck at pages like a bird. I prefer to devour fiction like I’m at an all-you-can-eat pasta bar at Sizzler…
So… eventually, I just rolled the dice and put the divorce attorney on standby while she was asleep and started chomping through chapters under the covers with a torch— they really are very funny.
(The chapters, not the covers.)
Who knew pairing a romantic fiction author with a stand-up comedian would yield such well-structured comedic japery? Well-rounded, flawed human characters in a story that keeps you second-guessing, just when you thought you knew what was going to unfold on the next page.
Why would you like these people?
Lauren is a best-selling author of over 40 books (Writing as Lauren Layne), and my brain-twin on all things Process… I trust her judgment on systems, book recommendations, and creative tools more than anyone. I think you’ll really like her if you don’t already know her work.
Anthony is a comedian, chef, writer, actor, and friend… and he makes possibly the best negroni in Hell’s Kitchen. We* call it the Anthonegroni. And it would always get made in bulk before our visits to their apartment.
Bailey isn’t just a pomeranian. She’s the Pomeranian. She is chiefly the reason Morris is in my life. If there is one dog that appears in my iPhone camera more than Morris, it’s her. She is the boss. She runs the apartment. She whistles at the wall for no apparent reason. She really is the best.
Lauren writes a substack called about being a writer.
Anthony writes a substack called about being an idiot.
Bailey is too busy barking during Zoom calls to have a Substack.
Until next time,
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