While it might surprise people when they hear that an actor has written literary fiction, Molly Ringwald is surprised that more actors don’t do it. Ringwald, who explores the theme of betrayal in a series of interlinked stories that make up her novel When It Happens to You, says acting and writing are connected in terms of character and backstory.
“As an actor, you’re always trying to figure out why a person does what they do — why they very often do exactly the opposite of what they’re supposed to,” Ringwald says. “And the psychology of that is something I’ve always been interested by, and I think that’s definitely extended into my writing.”
Ringwald, who comes from a family of voracious readers, became an avid writer early on and started writing as a child, before she became a 1980s teen icon starring in the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. She says she started writing seriously in her late teens and early twenties but never really thought she would publish anything. Last year, though, she released a self-help memoir, Getting the Pretty Back. When It Happens to You is her first novel.
Ringwald will sign and read from When It Happens to You at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street, tonight at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 303-436-1070.
Wed., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., 2012