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AvantGuild: Turning a Fundraiser’s Life into Fiction

susan-johnston-headshot.jpgAndrea Wachner scores an interview with playwright Susan Johnston about her experiences “ghostwriting” former GOP fundraiser Nicole Sexton‘s debut novel, Party Favors. (Although you can’t really call it ghostwriting if her name is right there on the cover, right?) It all came about because a TV producer thought Sexton’s life might make a good story, and Johnston agreed to interview her, and then Darren Star told them they should do it as a book…

So just how much of Sexton’s real life ended up on the page? Johnston isn’t telling, but she does say this: “Anybody, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist, who does a minimal amount of research about Nicole’s career will be able to figure out where the events took place, when those events happened, and who might have been in the room.”

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