An exclusive interview with Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Taylor Jenkins Reid, the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and the most recent hit Daisy Jones & The Six, is a woman we totally admire. From her outstanding novels to her relatable working mom Instagram posts, Taylor is a writer we will always support.

Daisy Jones & The Six is a featured read in Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and it’s also being made into an Amazon series, so Taylor has been busy lately! Lucky for us, we got to ask her a few questions about her new release, the books she loves and the one thing she can’t go on book tour without.

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What was the inspiration behind Daisy Jones & The Six?

I really wanted to write a story about singers who have a complicated and messy relationship. I kept thinking of bands like Fleetwood Mac, the Civil Wars, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Mamas & the Papas or even all-male bands like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, who have had inner turmoil. I liked the idea of telling a story where the personal and professional become very clouded and difficult to separate. Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, the two lead singers in this story, create incredible songs together but have a difficult personal relationship. And it was fun to research all of these real-life bands to draw inspiration from.

Any particular actress you could see playing Daisy in the Amazon adaptation?

I don’t know! I’m very excited to see what direction they go for the adaption. I worked in feature film casting right out of college, for about four years, before I decided I wanted to be a writer. So I’m on the edge of my seat to find out who they choose. My gut says it will be someone fairly unknown. And that’s really exciting.

If you had to choose three to five of your favorite books of all time, what would they be and why?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s a great book to reread. Every time I dive into it, I come out taking something else from it than the other times I read it.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry because it’s beautiful in its simplicity and yet at the same time, it’s incredibly wise and comforting.

The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron because no one can make me laugh or feel seen quite like her.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker is, quite simply, a masterpiece.

What’s the one thing you always take with you on book tour?

Iced tea! A lot of hotels don’t make it easy to get an iced tea first thing in the morning in a rush and I need it because it’s the only caffeine I like. (And early flights and jet lag make it important to get caffeine!) I’ve taken to bringing cold brew tea bags in my purse. I am never without iced tea anymore! I should probably start bringing lemon with me too.

Ashley Johnson

Content Editor + Producer

Ashley has always been a writer at heart, receiving a diary from her mother at a very young age. Supportive book-buying parents influenced her love of literature and storytelling as she grew up. Her love for songwriting led the way to creating short stories and the start of her own blog where she documented her life as a college student. A fan of dark plot lines, Ashley picked up Stephen King’s It and never looked back. When she is not working on her first novel or new story ideas, Ashley can be found curled up with her rescue chihuahuas or exploring breathtaking locations throughout the US.

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