Kim Moritsugu‘s seven published novels to date include a Toronto Book Award finalist, an Arthur Ellis Award finalist, and her latest, The Showrunner, a Hollywood noir story that’s been optioned for TV. Kim also writes TV recaps online, and is a longtime faculty member of the Humber School for Writers.
In anticipation of her newest novel, The Shrowrunner, being optioned for TV, Kim shares the book trailer with us along with a short Q&A.
What genre of fiction is The Showrunner?
It’s darkly humorous, women-centric, Hollywood-noir suspense – and yes, I may have just invented that specific sub-genre.
What’s it about?
It’s a power struggle between an older TV producer and her younger producing partner that escalates after a third woman – with her own ambitions – is hired as an assistant at their production company. Those who know the classic 1950 film All About Eve will not be surprised to learn that it was, in part, an inspiration for this novel.
Why did you write this novel?
My principle objectives in writing have always been to amuse and entertain. Within a dramedy framework, I often explore relationships between women – as friends, family members, and work colleagues. This time around, I was interested in the tensions – and drama! – that arise when Olds are pitted against Youngs in a competitive creative industry. What’s the famous line from All About Eve? Oh yeah: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”
Kim Moritsugu visits Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street, Toronto, starting at 6:30pm (PWYC) alongside Daniel Perry, Aparna Kaji Shah, Jim Nason, and guest speaker Zoe Whittall who will be “Talking TV and Prose.”