A: If I knew where to find George Clooney nowadays, I’d be glad to speak to him. I can’t really blame him for doing what comes naturally to a male movie star in his position. Frankly, if he hadn’t hit on her I might have been a tiny bit insulted.
Q: Given all the volunteers Clooney attracts, I was surprised to read that he went after an attached woman.
A: Even Clooney loves a challenge, apparently. I know I would, if I were in his shoes. Just standing there while the whole world throws itself at you must get rather monotonous.
Q: Are you surprised to hear Clooney has decided to get married?
A: He told me on the set that he would never get married, no matter what. He had very good reasons for his position. But I guess a man isn’t truly free unless he’s also free to give up his freedom. It makes me like him more that, like all of us, he can’t always keep his resolutions.
Q: Is Clooney’s hit the most memorable story from your book “Up in the Air” being turned into a movie?
A: The best story has to do with the fact that I wasn’t invited to the Oscars even though the movie was nominated for six awards. I’d promised my 11-year-old daughter that I’d take her to the ceremony, so I was pretty upset. Late one night I got on Twitter and expressed my frustration. The tweet went viral, and was picked up by TMZ, the gossip site, as well as newspapers around the country. Within a few hours I got a call: The studio behind the film had found two tickets for me. A couple of weeks later, there I was, with my daughter beside me, walking on the red carpet. I stepped on the train of Rachel McAdams’ dress and got some ugly looks, but it was worth it.
Q: Where does the best book dialogue for a novel come for you? At that the keyboard? Eavesdropping at parties? Your dreams?
A: I write my dialogue by talking to myself, out loud, in different voices. If you crept up behind me at my desk while I was writing a scene, you’d think I was clinically schizophrenic.
Q: What do you do on the days when nothing is coming to paper?
A: I get in my car and drive with no particular destination, hoping that chance will bring me inspiration. It almost always does.
Q: Do you write every day?