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The Young Carrie Bradshaw: Inside the Mind of Candace Bushnell

Posted by inkpopbecki on June 2, 2010

It seems like it’s just Carrie fever this summer and we’re definitely on board here at inkpop. We were so excited about the publication of The Carrie Diaries, we just had to ask Candace Bushnell a few questions about her famous leading lady.


What was the inspiration for Carrie?

I’ve always thought of Carrie as an “every girl.” She has to make it own her own by relying on her wits, humor, and sensibility.

What did you find was the biggest difference writing a YA book?

In my other books, I’m always trying to stay just a step ahead of the culture, so with The Carrie Diaries, it was great to be able to go back in time.

What was it like going back and writing Carrie as a teenager? Did you already have her back story written in your head or did you have to start from scratch?

I came to the book with presumptions about her back story, but, as with all of my books, when I sat down and start writing, things began to change. The story evolves in the process of writing the book, so my goal was to write what felt authentic to the character in the moment.

Want to experience more Carrie? Check out our latest writing challenge Uniquely You: The Carrie Diaries Writing Challenge.

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