Featured Writer of the Month
Vradenburg, Screen Writer & Novelist
love to be under pressure. That’s my favorite kind of writing.
I like that immediacy."
name isn’t a household word, but her words have been heard in households
all across America. Trish Vradenburg wrote for the hit television
shows Designing Women, Kate & Allie and Family Ties. She has worked
for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Studios. “My bio really makes
me look great,” she quipped, and as I listened to her, it was easy
to see how this clever, funny lady has been able to write the jokes
and set up the comic situations that entertain us so well.
has always loved reading but didn’t know she would become a popular
writer. “Nancy Drew books - I read all of them,” she recalled with
enthusiasm. “I remember that feeling of I-can’t-wait-to-get-to-a-library,”
when she was a child. A large part of the appeal of the Nancy Drew
stories was the fact that a girl was in charge. But if at age twenty,
someone had asked her “What do you want out of life?” she said her
response would have been - “All I want is to be married and have
two kids and a station wagon and to be able to go to the theater
all the time.”
her late twenties, that is exactly what her life had become. “I
had all that and I thought, this can’t be all,” she remembered thinking.
Fortunately, that wasn’t all that was in store. While writing columns
for the New York Daily News, she decided to take a night course.
One thing led to another and she was given the chance to write for
TV. “It was total luck,” she said. Working in television was a high
stress, high stakes environment but Vradenburg thrived in it. “I
love to be under pressure. That’s my favorite kind of writing. I
like that immediacy.”
doesn’t only write for the screen. In 1986, her steamy novel Liberated
Lady was a Literary Guild selection. Currently, she has a stage
play, Surviving Grace, making the rounds. Surviving Grace evolved
from her experience with her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Her mother eventually died in 1991 and Vradenburg has used what
she’s learned not only to write a play about Alzheimer’s Disease
but to raise aware-ness about the disease. Yet despite the serious
topic, the play is full of laughter. “The humor comes from the human
condition, not the Alzheimer’s condition,” she explained. “My husband
tells me I deal with things by laughing. A sense of humor is a gift.”