Molly Ringwald on writing and advice she got from Bret Easton Ellis

Molly Ringwald, who comes from a family of voracious readers, started writing as a child -- before she became an '80s teen icon who starred in such John Hughes films as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club -- but says she never really thought she'd publish anything. Last year, though, she released her self-help memoir Getting the Pretty Back; the just-released When It Happens to You is her first novel.

In advance of her appearance at the Tattered Cover LoDo on Wednesday, September 19, we spoke with Ringwald about her writing process, her favorite authors and the advice she got from Bret Easton Ellis.

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