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Maria Semple

Biography

Maria Semple

Maria Semple spent her first few years traveling around Europe with her parents. While living in Spain, her father Lorenzo wrote the pilot for the TV series "Batman." The family packed up and moved to Los Angeles. After Lorenzo became established as a screenwriter, the family moved to Aspen, Colorado. For high school, Maria was sent away to Choate Rosemary Hall and loved every minute of it.

College was at Barnard, where Maria had big plans of becoming a novelist or a teacher. Those dreams got derailed when she sold a movie script to Twentieth Century Fox just after graduation. The movie didn’t get made, but she moved to LA and made a living writing more screenplays that didn’t get made. Maria got into TV when her friend Darren Star – whom she’d met on the ski slopes in Aspen years earlier – gave her a job on "Beverly Hills, 90210." Thus began a 15-year career in television, writing for good shows like "Ellen," "Mad About You" and "Arrested Development." And bad shows you’ll have to look elsewhere to find.

Maria had a baby, quit television and finally gave novel-writing a try. THIS ONE IS MINE was published by Little, Brown in December 2008. Maria, her boyfriend and daughter moved to Seattle where her new novel, WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, begins. Maria loves living in Seattle --- thank you for asking --- where she teaches writing, studies poetry and tries, with mixed results, to stay off the internet.

WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE was published by Little, Brown & Co. in August, 2012.

Maria Semple

Books by Maria Semple

by Maria Semple - Fiction

Today, Eleanor Flood will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But today, as it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company, and also the day that Joe has chosen to tell his office --- but not Eleanor --- that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

by Maria Semple - Fiction

Bernadette Fox has disappeared. It began when her daughter, Bee, aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle --- and people in general --- has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents and secret correspondence.