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I’m an actress, a mother, a wife and an author. My latest book is I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT: compliments, indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50. It’s recently out in paperback. www.annabellegurwitch.com
Is there one project in your career thus far that you are most proud of, and why? I had great time acting, in particular, I loved my job hosting on Dinner and a Movie on TBS, I got pregnant and was on that show until my son was two, it was great to have stability like that when my son was little. This latest book, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT, is my most satisfying project to date, I have to say. Partly because I’ve gotten to travel all over the country and meet the women I wrote this book, women who had kids later and are now juggling motherhood, mid life careers and taking care of aging parents: sandwich generation issues.
Do you consider yourself a role model for women? I always say I don’t write self help books, I write “self hurt’ books. On any given day, If I’ve got on matching socks, have been able to find my keys so I get out of the house and find the brain power to write and not have a meltdown when my teenage son grunts at me, it’s a good day. I’m not sure if that makes me a role model to anyone, but I think many women can relate to that!
How does being a mom influence your work? I look at the world through the lens of motherhood. I recently wrote about the rising tensions in Western Europe for The Los Angeles Times, that was from the pov of being a mother. It’s very much a part of my life, so as a memoirist it’s reflected in my work.
What was your motivation to write your book? What do you hope readers will take away from it? One of the things I’ve learned from turning 50 is that I need my community, so I do hope that my book inspires women to get together with friends if they’ve lost track of them during the crazy years when your kids are younger. I also think that humor can be the greatest salve, it doesn’t give you a hangover like alcohol. So humor therapy- it’s very cost effective as well!