COME HERE ORDER POINTS There was the bride who instructed a makeup artist to make her bridesmaids look like “pigs” so they wouldn’t take over the limelight. There was a couple who dreamed of turning a summer camp in Maine into a luxury venue for their wedding. There was a wedding where a grandfather had a heart attack, forcing a second procession (improvised, uninformed) – firefighters followed by police and paramedics. And of course, there are the newlyweds who trade bad things and the divorced parents who refuse to find common ground and the many kismet and fortuitous moments one would expect when two people say “I do .”
During 13 years Xochitl Gonzalez As a wedding planner, this is part of the job – and it prepares her to be a novelist. Gonzalez said in a phone interview, now a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of “Olga Dies in Dreams,” a fun movie with a wedding-serious tone. They were very intense and elaborate, and I think what happened was, you’re very good at having a Spidey feel. You can manage multiple threads at the same time. ”
When you manage an event, Gonzalez explains, you start with the infrastructure (budget, tents, restrooms) before moving on to “decorative content” (flowers, art supplies, music). . This approach comes in handy as she tackles her layered story of a high-class wedding planner caught between her own aspirations and the Puerto Rican family legacy. “I have a problem-solving brain and have some fiction writing skills that I see as problem-solving,” says Gonzalez. “You create this hypothetical world and these circumstances and you work your way through them in a way that feels believable and has a certain logic to it.”
Another quality useful in both professions: a sense of humour. “You have to be able to laugh, to be able to see certain things as ridiculous,” Gonzalez said. “The ability to find humor in moments that are engaging or sad or absurd is something I really wanted to preserve in storytelling.”
“Olga Dies Dreaming” made the list of hardcover novels last week at number 15. It has also been adapted into a Hulu pilot, with Gonzalez serving as writer and executive producer. She said, “The biggest difference between this and that is that I have a lot less stress. I don’t live in constant fear of lawsuits.”
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