by Judith Evans Thomas
Creative projects have taken me in directions I never would have imagined. At my fortieth birthday party in Los Angeles, friends and I came up with the idea for a travel guide to all the factory outlets and great stores in France, Italy and London. Much to our surprise, Bantam Books loved the idea and Born To Shop France, Italy and London came to life. Thirty books and thirteen countries later I dragged my over stamped passport home to rest.
After a few years of playing full time Mom to my ageing parents and teenage children I got antsy. That's when I was introduced to Betsy Benson at Pittsburgh Magazine. She had just taken on the title of Publisher and was looking for ideas on how to improve the content. Never one who minces words, I told her the magazine needed pizzaz and celebrity panache. Pittsburgh was, after all the home and training ground for the likes of August Wilson, Kathleen and Rob Marshall, Gene Kelly, Sharon Stone and a host more. Check out www.pittinhollywood.org for a complete list.
Much to my surprise, Betsy asked me to write a column interviewing celebrities with a Pittsburgh connection. I had never written for a magazine before but hey... writers write.
That was two years ago and the column has morphed into my own wacky, sometimes irreverent view on life and how we live it. www.judithevansthomas.com
What I find most fascinating about my jobs is that I've never asked for them. I've never gone out and said gee, I want to write.... As a matter of fact, when I've done that it's flopped. I spent a few (okay many) years writing a thriller. It and all it's revisions are in my closet where I could be hanging lovely fall clothing. Of course it's brilliant but no one else agrees.
Shopping the thriller at the Pennwriter's Convention I met Evan Fogelman, an agent who I didn't pitch, didn't intend to pitch, but liked so much I thought when I was ready, he'd be the one to represent me.
Over the course of the weekend we talked, we brainstormed, and came up with a project. Once again, It's not something I ever expected. www.glamgal.typepad.com