Terry McMillan is a very fun author to read. She writes in a breezy down-to-earth style that's like a raucus get-together with an old friend. Waiting to Exhale put McMillan on the map and How Stella Got Her Groove Back solidified her reputation. Both those novels were made into memorable movies.
Her newest has just arrived at the library: The Interruption of Everything. The plotline meets mid-life, with all its Little Surprises, head on, and is full of the same play and banter that have made McMillan's other novels such fun.
McMillan is interviewed in the current Bookpage.
Contrary to what her readers insist upon believing, Terry McMillan is not perpetually holed up in some swank Jamaican love crib dreaming up novels while dreadlocked Rasta cabana boys cater to her every whim. If you want to know the truth, this Stella got her groove back years ago and went on with her life in much the same way the rest of us have, ferrying her son Solomon to endless youth soccer matches and worrying about the state of the world.
"I guess everyone was thinking that I was this hotshot jet-setter, this famous author whose books had been turned into films, oh jeepers creepers, and here I am getting up in the morning, taking my kid to school and picking up other kids and I'm at soccer practice twice a week. This is how a jet-set best-selling author lives," she says by phone from her home in the San Francisco Bay area.