With fiction, you can make it as crazy as you want.
You’re on TV every day, but were you at all fearful about sharing parts of your life with the world in this way? An article in was the very first press I had in which it came out that I was single and had been cheated on by my boyfriend, who I was engaged to.
I’d told him everything from A to Z already, but it started a lot of conversations about family and trust and loyalty.
I think it opened doors to a deeper part of my psyche, almost.
(Think mortifying viral videos, a faux Gawker named Banter, tequila-fueled dating mishaps and adventures, a dognapping, and at least one night in jail.) Shupak, who’s now engaged to former reporter Brian Stelter, is used to being in the public eye, though this is her first book.
Like a lot of us, you get a share of people saying trolly things. I try to just let hate roll off, knowing that the majority of people I surround myself with and hang out with and actually love and trust, who are in my life and support me, are so happy for me.That was the only time I was super scared and hesitant about putting my story out there.I was like, it’s private, I don’t harbor any hatred or bad feelings, I never wanted to bash him in the press.I talked to her about how the book came about, what it feels like to fictionalize real events — there really was a cheating former fiancé — and how she copes with the inevitable criticism. Editors who read it who didn’t even know me said it needed to be fictionalized even more, because a novel needs so much more drama and excitement. When profiled me, in October 2011 — it was right after that. Kate Lee at the time was working at ICM, and right after the profile she called me and we met. When I first was single again [after the breakup that sets the book’s plot in motion], every morning I’d come into work and gchat with a friend who lives in Maryland.I was going on multiple dates a week and trying to keep them all straight. That part of the book is sort of based in fact, though I never met him in a bar or anything. I said, “I went on four dates this week,” and they were like, OK, you’re going to be our new dating columnist. It wasn’t with the mindset of “I’m going to write a book after this.” I never ever thought I was going to write a book.