Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Calling Tina Fey


It’s probably futile on my part, but in support of Hachette in its death struggle against Amazon I picked a copy of Tina Fey’s Bossypants the other day. Futile, because I got it at my local free library kiosk; traded two books of my own for it.

The real reason I want to read Bossypants is that I’ve always thought that Fey would be perfect in the movie version of my forthcoming novel, Wish I Were Here. I wrote it with her in my mind’s eye (a thing I rarely do — write with a particular actor or actress already cast), so a lot of the dialogue might sound like her, even if most readers never know my little secret.

There’s also a starring role for Jude Law, but you learn that fairly early in the book.

Anyway, I’m only twenty or thirty pages into Bossypants and I’ve already laughed so hard I cried a couple of times. Not that I expect that reaction when people read Wish I Were Here. After all, Tina’s character is a physician, and I don’t think anyone wants a doctor who’s trying to make them gut-laugh through an exam. Sarah Phelan, the protagonist, is more witty than hilarious. I wouldn’t mind a doctor who makes pithy remarks while I turn my head and cough, so I’m hoping Sarah comes off as funny but discreet.

If anyone out there knows Tina Fey’s agent, pass along the number!

By the way, do you ever write with particular actors/actresses in mind? How’s that workin’ for ya?

5 comments on “Calling Tina Fey

  1. Pamela Beckford
    June 20, 2014

    I read this when it first came out – like you, I laughed so hard I cried. Love Tina Fey!

  2. ericjbaker
    June 20, 2014

    Not only do I not know Tina Fey’s agent’s number, I don’t even know anyone named Tina.

    When writing my first manuscript in 2008, I kept picturing a young Elizabeth Mitchell (“Gia” era) for my heroine, to the point that I put the DVD for “Gia” in the story. Fortunately for Ms. Mitchell, she is far more successful than that would-be novel, which had severe plotting problems, among other drawbacks.

    • Kevin Brennan
      June 20, 2014

      You have made me very sad.

      • ericjbaker
        June 20, 2014

        I aim to make the world a drearier place, one writer at a time.

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