We know her as the creator of our favourite TV heroine, Carrie Bradshaw, and her three best friends.
Writer Candace Bushnell, 56, made fans of Sex and the City all want to up sticks to New York City, become writers and ‘get to thinking’ about existential problems, such as if men really are like socks.
On the eve of her new book, Bushnell has spoken out about her own relationship with protagonist Carrie Bradshaw and Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress who captured her on-screen for the beloved HBO series.
Killing Monica is not a SATC book – there’s no Carrie and the gang – but the plotline makes it near impossible not to draw comparisons between the two.
The story goes like this: Pandy Wallis is a glamorous New Yorker-novelist who created a character (Monica) that sky-rocketed to fame, becoming the protagonist of several film adaptations. Monica stole the limelight from Pandy, who wants to become a serious writer and so decides to kill off the character in her next novel.
The media has gone wild over this news, speculating that Bushnell is to kill Carrie in her next book and that there must be some ongoing feud between her and 50-year-ol Parker.
But, in an interview with Vogue, Bushnell has dispelled these rumours, saying:
"The idea of me wanting to kill Carrie comes from men. It's sexist and misogynistic and feels curious to me because it's a totally male point of view: 'there must be a feud, one person has to take out the other.' Do you think that women are so simple?”
She later clarifies: “I don’t want to kill off Carrie Bradshaw!”
Bushnell has always been a staunch feminist, with a forte for writing about strong, independent career women.
Killing Monica is no different – in the book, Pandy narrates that Monica is a “beacon of singlehood for all women out there who will always be single, and who have fought honourably for single lives…instead of being constantly hunted down and tortured with all this marriage crap.”
"If I didn't have a feminist agenda I wouldn't be a writer. It's the reason I've wanted to write since I was eight years old. What I do is about subtly challenging preconceptions about who women can be; what they really think; to allow them to stray from the strict script that women have before them,” says Bushnell.
Killing Monica comes out on the 30th June. You can pre-order it here.
Words: Harriet Hall
Images: Rex Features