I’m from Minneapolis. I had a really dramatic childhood involving foster care, prison visits and multiple moms that gave me lots of opportunity to interface with some of the darker aspects of human nature. People ask me how I survived and I think it comes down to 1) Finding pretty much everything funny. And 2) Being willing to get a paper route. In winter. In Minnesota.
Naturally, my dramatic childhood led to a rather eventful adulthood, involving multiple cities, husbands, spiritual paths, and careers. If you want all the gory details, read my memoir, I Love You and I’m Leaving You Anyway. But here are the broad strokes: I wrote television news for 15 years, I got married a bunch, I had a beautiful, amazing kid, and I transitioned into writing film, television, and books.
My big television credit is MAD MEN, but I’ve also written on other great shows like UNITED STATES OF TARA and NECESSARY ROUGHNESS. I love writing television so much that even if I won the Powerball lottery tomorrow — which isn’t going to happen because I don’t even buy tickets — I would still want to do it. The only thing that could possibly make me stop is being one of the matchmakers on NBC’s READY FOR LOVE, the most riveting, photogenic, and informative dating reality show ever invented. Watch once — I dare you not to love it!
In 2011 I wrote a thing called WHY YOU’RE NOT MARRIED, which is now the most-viewed article on the Huffington Post ever. Time magazine named it one of the Top Ten Opinion Pieces of 2011. It’s about everything I’ve ever learned in relationships, which is a lot. Especially about what chicks do wrong — since I’ve done so much of that myself — and also what to do right, since I’ve done a lot of that, too. Because I have A LOT MORE TO SAY about that subject, I wrote a book, WHY YOU’RE NOT MARRIED…YET. It’s like a long, funny conversation about life, love and what to do about it all. Ladies who’ve read it tell me they really love it and I believe them.