Brentwood - Thursday August 10th at 6:30 pm -- Carla Malden discusses and signs "My Two and Only".
Carla attended UCLA where she majored in English and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She began her career in motion picture production and development. Carla segued into screenwriting when she and her husband, Laurence Starkman, became a writing team. The adage professes that you should be married for better, for worse… but not for lunch. Carla and Laurence defied that. They were often asked who did what. Their answer: Laurence was more visual and Carla more verbal. But over time, they absorbed one another’s strengths. Today, Carla often visualizes scenes in her novels unfolding cinematically as she writes. During this time, Carla co-wrote her father’s autobiography, When Do I Start? and discovered how much she enjoyed writing prose. After Laurence’s death, way too young, she wrote AfterImage: A Brokenhearted Memoir of a Charmed Life, a fiercely personal account of the last year of his life and her first year without him. Despite the pain of reliving that time, the process reminded Carla of the power and beauty of prose. She turned to fiction with Search Heartache (2019) and Shine Until Tomorrow (2021) - two well-received novels that explored similar themes of women and girls overcoming loss and pain and finding new paths forward.
Her new book, My Two And Only, delves into the psychology of a woman who is still grieving the loss of her husband but finds herself falling in love again. But how to give up the widowhood status that has so defined her life – and her heart – for the last decade? The broad strokes of that story parallel Carla’s own life -- seven years after her first husband’s death, she married again. Beyond that, My Two And Only is a work of fiction.
Carla Malden lives in Brentwood with her husband, entertainment attorney Norman Beil. They reside 10 minutes from her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, who arrived at the beginning of pandemic lockdown, and reminds her every day that even though the world seems to have spun off its axis, life is good.