As part of my Silver Disobedience interview series, recently I had the pleasure to interview Candace Bushnell, the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of nine books including Sex and the City, Trading Up, Lipstick Jungle, One Fifth Avenue, and The Carrie Diaries. Her new book was just released: Is There Still Sex and the City. When not writing, Candace is also a TV producer.
Tell us about your childhood?
I grew up in the country/suburbs of Connecticut. Largely it was farm country so I grew up very outdoorsy. I was on swim team, rode horses, skied, ice-skated and played tennis. It was a pretty idyllic childhood and back in those days, kids could really go off for hours unsupervised.
You are so prolifically creative? What inspires you to create?
I’ve been asking myself about the roots of my creativity for my entire life. Creating things—writing, acting, making music and art are the things I grew up doing as a kid. I knew back then that these were things I wanted to do as an adult. I don’t know where it comes from. I was always an outlier amongst my friends and family.
How has your career influenced your passions (or vice versa)?
I always knew I wanted to be a writer from the age of 8, so honestly, I’ve put that first my entire life. And then I work everything around my writing schedule. Writing is my biggest passion, which is a good thing as it doesn’t seem to leave me much time to do anything else.
What is something that you must do every day (by choice)?
I must read. I need to read when I get up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. No pun intended but it’s a perfect way to “bookend” the day.
What are some things that you would tell your younger self, if you had the opportunity to offer advice retrospectively?
I’d say I wish I’d been more confident and aggressive in my career when I was younger. But the reality is that I did the best I could. It wasn’t exactly like people were opening doors back then. You had to pound down the doors and then you were grateful to get a crumb.
If you could be answering these questions from another location, anywhere in the world, where would that be?
A hut on a white sand beach with a very warm Caribbean blue/green sea.
Who are some role models in your life?
I’ve never had any role models. Nor have I ever had a mentor. I’ve just figured it out as I’ve gone along.
What is something you appreciate now that you maybe hadn’t before in your younger years?
I appreciate the fact that I now appreciate things. When I was younger, I felt like I was always pushing so hard I didn’t have time to appreciate much of anything. I’m so happy that’s changed!
What kinds of relationships are important to your work?
I really value having girlfriends that I can talk with about careers, life, relationships and more. I really want to hear everyone’s story. Right now I’m a bit fascinated with the dating lives of twenty-somethings because they don’t have them. At all. And it’s kind of shocking.
What would you like to be doing exactly five years from today? Ten years?
I’d like to be on a set somewhere, directing something big that I wrote. And telling everyone what to do, and them doing it…and it all coming out exactly the way I’d hoped!
What one idea would you like to share with the Silver Disobedience community?
Keep having ideas. Keep thinking. Use technology, especially as it’s not difficult no matter how much young people act like it is. Remember, most of them wouldn’t know how to make a call on a rotary phone.
How can our readers follow you on social media and get more information?
My book can be found here on Amazon (Click the link) and in bookstores: Is There Still Sex in the City. My website is www.candacebushnell.com You can follow me on Instagram @candacebushnell Twitter @candacebushnell Facebook @candacebushnell