Kim Gruenenfelder

Last updated
Kim Gruenenfelder
KimGruenenfelder author photo 4.jpg
Born
Kimberly Ann Gruenenfelder

Other namesKim Gruenenfelder Smith
Alma mater UCLA (BA)
Occupation
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Brian Smith (m. 2000)
Children1
Website kimgruenenfelder.com

Kim Gruenenfelder is an American author and screenwriter. She became known for writing women's fiction, specifically romantic comedy fiction, novels.

Contents

Her debut novel, A Total Waste of Makeup , has been published in six languages and eight international editions to date, and is followed by a sequel, "Misery Loves Cabernet". "Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink", [1] is a sequel to 2010's "There's Cake in My Future". Her fifth published novel, "Love The Wine You're With", which details the adventures of a group of friends who open a wine bar, was released June 13, 2017. [2] Her next novel "Hangovers and Hot Flashes", released in December 2018, follows the lives of protagonists in their forties.

In addition to her published novels, she has written screenplays, a stage play, and was also a writer for the television show Jeopardy!. [3] In 2016, she created the word "Eciah", which refers to a moment in your life when your future gets a lot brighter.

Early life

Gruenenfelder was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Gruenenfelder's father was Edmond Jacques Gruenenfelder III, a salesman. Gruenenfelder's mother was Carol Campbell, a writer. Gruenenfelder moved to Southern California with her family when she was seven years old. Gruenenfelder skipped two grades, and she graduated from Fountain Valley High School at age sixteen.

Education

At age 16, Gruenenfelder began attending the University of California, Los Angeles. [4] At age 20, Gruenenfelder graduated with a B.A. in history, specializing in women's history from UCLA. [5]

Career

Entertainment

Gruenenfelder's career in the entertainment industry started at the age of nineteen when she became a production assistant on the show Jeopardy! [6] She became a researcher on the show at twenty.

Gruenenfelder became a screenwriter.

Novels

Gruenenfelder's first published novel was "A Total Waste of Makeup", [7] followed up by "Misery Loves Cabernet". [8] These are part of the Charlize series, focusing on a character named Charlize Edwards who starts the series by turning thirty. Depicting life in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, it includes characters like eccentric actor Drew Stanton. [9]

Gruenenfelder then started a series about a cake pull, with "There's Cake In My Future" [10] and then "Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink". [11] This was her first novel focusing on three central characters per book, a trend she has continued.

Her fifth published novel, different from the others in terms of series, is "Love The Wine You're With", detailing the adventures of a group of friends who open a wine bar in Echo Park. [12]

Deciding not to have a second book in the wine bar series, she moved on to a series about characters in their forties. Describing that publishers continuously told her nobody would read books about characters in their forties, she went forward with the book anyway. In December 2018, Gruenenfelder released "Hangovers and Hot Flashes".

Eciah

In 2016, Gruenenfelder coined the term "eciah". She defines it as "moment in your life when your future suddenly gets a lot brighter", according to her website eciah.com. She is the curator for this website, founding and creating it. Her personal eciah was when she found out she was pregnant with her first and only child. [13]

Politics

In January 2018, Gruenenfelder announced that she would be running for Congress to represent the 28th District of California. On January 4, she publicly announced that she had selected Leigh Helberg as her campaign manager.

Gruenenfelder is a Democrat. The biggest aspect of her platform was the Federal Ballot Initiative, which proposed a federal amendment to allow a form of proposition-based direct democracy. Gruenenfelder is also for gun control, legislation to combat climate change, is pro-DACA, and pro-public charter. She is anti-war. On health care, she supported a single-payer or public option health care system which she called the United States Care Co-op. Gruenenfelder is pro-LGBTQ, and a feminist.

On March 2, Gruenenfelder began taking down pages related to the campaign. She officially conceded in the early hours of March 3.

Gruenenfelder endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and fundraised for his campaigns. Gruenenfelder endorsed Seth Moulton in the 2020 Democratic primary. [14]

Bibliography

Personal life

Gruenenfelder's husband is Brian Smith, writer and director. They have one son, Alex. Gruenenfelder lives in Los Angeles, California. [15]

See also

Related Research Articles

Charlize Theron South African and American actress and film producer

Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an American Cinematheque Award, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016, and she is one of the world's highest-paid actresses, as of 2019.

Heather Graham American actress, director, and writer

Heather Joan Graham is an American actress, director, and writer. After appearing in television commercials, her first starring role in a feature film came with the teen comedy License to Drive (1988), followed by the critically acclaimed film Drugstore Cowboy (1989), which gained her initial industry notice. She then played supporting roles in films such as Shout (1991), Diggstown (1992), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Swingers (1996) and on the television series Twin Peaks (1991) and its prequel film Fire Walk with Me (1992), before gaining critical praise for starring in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. In 1999, she co-starred in Bowfinger and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

<i>Ashes of Time</i> 1994 film by Wong Kar-wai

Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and inspired by characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes.

<i>Misery</i> (novel) Novel by Stephen King

Misery is an American psychological horror thriller novel written by Stephen King and first published by Viking Press on June 8, 1987. The novel's narrative is based on the relationship of its two main characters – the popular writer Paul Sheldon and his psychotic fan Annie Wilkes. When Paul is seriously injured following a car accident, former nurse Annie brings him to her home, where Paul receives treatment and doses of pain medication. Gradually, Paul realizes that he is a prisoner and is forced to indulge his captor's whims.

Miss Havisham character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations

Miss Havisham is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations (1861). She is a wealthy spinster, once jilted at the altar, who insists on wearing her wedding dress for the rest of her life. She lives in a ruined mansion with her adopted daughter, Estella. Dickens describes her as looking like "the witch of the place".

<i>The Edible Woman</i> 1969 novel by Margaret Atwood

The Edible Woman is a 1969 novel that helped to establish Margaret Atwood as a prose writer of major significance. It is the story of a young woman whose sane, structured, consumer-oriented world starts to slip out of focus. Following her engagement, Marian feels her body and her self are becoming separated. As Marian begins endowing food with human qualities that cause her to identify with it, she finds herself unable to eat, repelled by metaphorical cannibalism. In a foreword written in 1979 for the Virago edition of the novel, Atwood described it as a protofeminist rather than feminist work.

<i>Sideways</i> 2004 comedy-drama film directed by Alexander Payne

Sideways is a 2004 American comedy-drama road film directed by Alexander Payne and written by Jim Taylor and Payne. A film adaptation of Rex Pickett's novel of the same name, Sideways follows two men in their forties, Miles Raymond, a depressed teacher and unsuccessful writer, and Jack Cole, a past-his-prime actor, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County wine country to celebrate Jack's upcoming wedding. Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen also star. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2004, and was released in the United States on October 22, 2004.

Annie Wilkes Fictional character in the 1987 novel Misery

Anne Marie Wilkes Dugan is the main antagonist in the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. In the 1990 film adaptation of the novel, Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy Bates, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal. The American Film Institute included Wilkes in their "100 Heroes and Villains" list, ranking her as the 17th most iconic villain in film history. A nurse by training, she has become one of the stereotypes of the nurse as a torturer and Angel of mercy.

<i>Ashenden: Or the British Agent</i> literary work

Ashenden: Or the British Agent is a 1927 collection of loosely linked stories by W. Somerset Maugham. It is partly based on the author's experience as a member of British Intelligence in Europe during the First World War.

<i>Barmy in Wonderland</i> 1952 novel by P.G. Wodehouse

Barmy in Wonderland is a novel by P. G. Wodehouse, first published in the United Kingdom on 21 April 1952 by Herbert Jenkins, London, and in the United States on 8 May 1952 by Doubleday & Company, New York, under the title Angel Cake. The novel may be considered part of the expanded Drones Club canon, since the main character Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps is a member of the club.

Cultural references to absinthe

The legacy of absinthe as a mysterious, addictive, and mind-altering drink continues to this day. Though its psychoactive effects and chemical makeup are contested, its cultural impact is not. Absinthe has played a notable role in the fine art movements of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, Surrealism, Modernism, Cubism and in the corresponding literary movements. The legendary drink has more recently appeared in movies, video, television, music, and contemporary literature. The modern absinthe revival has had a notable effect on its portrayal. It is often shown as an unnaturally glowing green liquid demonstrating the influence of contemporary marketing efforts.

<i>Misery</i> (film) 1990 film based on the novel, directed by Rob Reiner

Misery is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Rob Reiner based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name, starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth and Frances Sternhagen about a psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories.

<i>12 Days</i>

12 Days is a debut graphic novel/global manga written and illustrated by June Kim. Basing the plot partially on a story told to her by a stranger, Kim began an early version of 12 Days as a sophomore in college to help herself cope with the end of a relationship. After moving on emotionally with her break-up, she stopped developing the comic and later left South Korea to attend the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York, United States, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in cartooning. Following her successful pitch of 12 Days to manga publisher Tokyopop, she resumed work on it in early 2005 and finished in the middle of August 2006. 12 Days focuses on Jackie Yuen, who decides to drink the ashes of her former lover for twelve days in beverages as a way to cope with her grief over her death.

Hangover unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of ethanol

A hangover is the experience of various unpleasant physiological and psychological effects following the consumption of alcohol, such as wine, beer and distilled spirits. Hangovers can last for several hours or for more than 24 hours. Typical symptoms of a hangover may include headache, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, absence of hunger, light sensitivity, depression, sweating, nausea, hyper-excitability, irritability and anxiety.

<i>Dont Bite the Sun</i> book by Tanith Lee

Don't Bite the Sun is a 1976 science fiction novel by Tanith Lee set in a utopian world which the main character comes to reject. The main character and her friends are wild, crazy "Jang" teenagers whose lifestyle is full of reckless behaviour, promiscuous sex, repeated suicide, and a constant search for thrills. Over the course of the story, the nameless narrator fails to relate to her seven Jang friends but finds herself, feels emotion, and learns love.

Sara Shepard American author

Sara Shepard is an American author. She is known for the bestselling Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game book series, both of which have been turned into television shows on Freeform.

<i>Young Adult</i> (film) 2011 film directed by Jason Reitman

Young Adult is a 2011 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and starring Charlize Theron. The screenplay was written by Diablo Cody. Reitman and Cody worked together previously on Juno (2007). Young Adult began a limited release on December 9, 2011, before expanding to a wide release on December 16, 2011. It received generally positive reviews from critics, and Theron earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

Natasha Allegri is an American animation creator, writer, storyboard artist, storyboard revisionist, and comic book artist. She is best known for her work as a storyboard revisionist for Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and as the creator of Cartoon Hangover's and Frederator Studios Bee and PuppyCat.

<i>Mr. Westons Good Wine</i> novel by T. F. Powys

Mr. Weston's Good Wine is a novel by T. F. Powys, first published in 1927.

A Total Waste of Makeup is a 2005 chick lit novel by Kim Gruenenfelder. The book was an international bestseller, spawning copies in six languages and eight international editions. The book follows Charlize "Charlie" Edwards, a personal assistant in Los Angeles to famed movie star Drew Stanton, and her adventures with her friends. The sequel to the novel, "Misery Loves Cabernet", was released in 2009.

References

  1. Amazon.com - Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink
  2. Goodreads - Love the Wine You're With
  3. Author Interview with Kim Gruenenfelder, Fifi Flowers, ReadingIsFashionable.com, December 2, 2011.
  4. Interview with Kim Gruenenfelder, Elle Filz, ChickLitWriters.com, March 21, 2011.
  5. "Kim Gruenenfelder". politicalcandidatedirectory.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. /Goodreads Author Page
  7. A Total Waste of Makeup - Goodreads Page
  8. Misery Loves Cabernet - Goodreads Page
  9. A Total Waste of Makeup - Goodreads Page
  10. There's Cake In My Future - Goodreads Page
  11. Keep Calm and Carry a Big Drink - Goodreads Page
  12. Love The Wine You're With - Goodreads Page
  13. , ChickLitCentral
  14. Kim Gruenenfelder endorses Seth Moulton
  15. Melissa (December 13, 2018). "Kim Gruenenfelder's's Top Five of 2018...plus a book giveaway". chicklitcentral.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.