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Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

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I'm Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. I used to be a journalist. Now I make stuff up.

In both fact and fiction I'm drawn to worlds I once knew little about. My debut novel, "Pastors' Wives" (Plume/Penguin 2013), is about three very different women married to pastors at a Southern evangelical megachurch--the kind with the Jumbotrons and the power band. It was inspired by an article I wrote while I was a staff writer for Time magazine. It's a People.com 2013 summer reading pick! Also, Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of "The Happiness Project," calls it "riveting, perceptive, and funny. Once you pick up this novel, you won't be able to put it down."

My first book, "Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death" (HarperCollins 2006), is ab
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The comedian Steven Wright said, “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence you tried.” Which is probably smart advice for the sake of dignity or whatever and I really should heed it instead of sharing my failures again and again, like now: my NBC pilot got spiked.


This one got reallyreally close, and we’re told it just missed the last slot, and no, there’s no medal for fourth place. (...

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“That's what siblings are: a reality check. Try to become someone you're not - affect an accent, or start quoting the temperature in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit- and they're the ones who smack you upside the head. Siblings are like potters; they try you by fire, glaze you with taunts, finish you with well-aimed jibes. If you emerge from that kiln without cracking, you can survive the world.”
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