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At a time when the life trajectory for women was pretty rigid, Candace Bushnell was out living her best life in New York City. After she wrote about it in Sex and the City, she gave voice to the experiences of millions of women and helped ring in a sea of change on life and love. She joined Jessica for a candid conversation on what it’s like being the voice of a generation and shares juicy stories about the real people who inspired the book and show.

Many people dream that one day they’ll write a book that will change the world. Candace Bushnell, our guest today on the SimplyBe. Podcast, actually DID. Whether you identify as a Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, or Samantha, Candace’s influence on society and women’s lives has been profound.

This is one interview you won’t want to miss as Candace shares stories of the real men who inspired the characters of Sex and the City, which real man (Aidan or Big) that her mother hated, and why she came to write her brand new book, Rules for Being a Girl.

Candace also has some advice for self-isolation and explains why humor is invaluable to healing.

In this episode of The SimplyBe. Podcast:

  • [02:22] – Choosing not to complain

  • [03:57] – The real Carrie Bradshaw

  • [05:58] – The SimplyBe. Ecellerator: Round 2

  • [08:50] – A little weird

  • [10:23] – Rules for Being a Girl

  • [16:17] – Why Sex & The City struck a chord

  • [21:02] – Influencing a generation

  • [24:56] – True life experiences

  • [30:19] – Life after the spotlight

  • [33:13] – Lower your fears and be creative

  • [39:28] – Advice for authors

  • [43:12] – What does SimplyBe. mean to Candace?

More about this episode's Guest:

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of ten books, including Is There Still Sex in the City, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, Killing Monica and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW. Is There Still Sex in the City is currently in development as a TV series with Paramount. Bushnell’s new book, Rules for Being a Girl, is out now.

This show is produced by Soulfire Productions


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