We are writers. We make up stories. Some people say writers write because they’re inept at living otherwise. Time will tell how apt we are at what we do. You can read what a lot of people have been thinking now about our Fatima by clicking on “from our readers”. We’ve written together the novel called Fatima’s Good Fortune published in the United States, France, and around the world, that’s going to be a movie, and we have two other novels that came out in 2010. We also write screenplays, a habit you could associate with masochism.
We write every day in a café near the Eiffel Tower, where we’re alone every morning with Siamese computers over a cup of coffee, until the street sweepers come in to hang out for their deserved break. Can two people write fiction together? We started out doing screenplays together, and nobody questions the collaboration that goes on for scripts. Our computers are joined by software called Timbuktu, but we’ve been together so long—since we were teenagers—that you could say that our heads are in the same computer.
We tweak realism to try to create a sharper image of reality. Our hero is Charles Dickens.
We’re New Yorkers who live in Paris, who love America from afar. Joanne studied at Queens College, and Gerry has degrees from Princeton and Harvard. We go back home as often as we can while we abide, luckily, in a place that is privileged in many ways. Gertrude Stein wrote that it isn’t what Paris gives you but what it doesn’t take away. We are, all the same, far from divorced from our attachment to the U.S.A., with its triumphs and its traumas, nor out of touch, we hope, in general.
Gerry is the longtime Senior European Correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler and has written innumerable articles for American magazines about the arts and life in Europe.