Cover Story: A Whole New Playbook
Matthew Quick talks about the Hollywood publicity machine, straddling the line between adult and YA, waiting for limos with Jennifer Aniston, and keeping one's head with a burgeoning fanbase.
Book Business: Thanks for taking some time to talk. I know you’ve had quite a week. So, tell me this: When’s the last time you actually had time to write?
Matthew Quick: I finished writing The Good Luck of Right Now in August  and I’ve just been promoting Silver Linings ever since. I wrote a few short stories in the fall, but I haven’t been working on anything long until recently. Today was a big day for me, I spent a few hours just writing. It felt great to do that. Last week when I came back from the Oscars, I was on deadline to edit The Good Luck of Right Now, and it felt good to do editing, something related to fiction writing. It felt really good to get back to that.
BB: You were pretty involved in the promotion for the Silver Linings Playbook film. How did that happen, and when did things get intense for you?
MQ: It got intense for me as soon as I saw the film. In August, the Weinstein Company had me come down to Tribeca. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was on an audition that day. When I got home, I talked to David [O. Russell] and [producer] Bruce Cohen. When I told them I really enjoyed the film, they seemed wildly relieved. I had no idea everyone was stressing out about my reaction. I wrote a blog post about how I enjoyed it, and how, even though it was a little different from the book, I embraced the film. I went down to North Carolina with my parents on vacation the first week of September and I got a call from the Weinstein Company and they said, “Everybody here read your blog. Can we use it for publicity?” That’s when I realized that they were watching what I was doing online. You’re stupid if you think people aren’t watching. That was the moment I realized I was going to be included in the publicity. … I started traveling in October, doing media tours. I would go to a city and do media all day long. … It was fun, being chauffeured, staying in posh hotels, working all day long. Sometimes I was in a presidential suite and for hours would do a different interview every 15 minutes. I didn’t have any negative experience at all, just that there was so much of it. … Sometimes I couldn’t even remember what I said in the interview because I’d told the same story so many times.