Libba Bray, the New York Times bestselling author, moved to New York after college and wanted to be a playwright. After five unsuccessful plays she wrote her first novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, in 2003. She hasn't stopped writing books ever since.
But if you ask me, she could have easily gone to Chicago after college and took up improv -- eventually moving to NYC -- and in my alternate-reality fantasy -- she would have been discovered by Lorne Michaels...
A couple weeks ago, Libba asked me to produce and direct a video to accompany her opening monologue at this year's Audie Awards (honoring the best in the audio book world).
Let's all hope she invests more time making video.
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