>The Parenthood star, 46, discusses her literary debut.

The protagonist of Someday, Someday, Maybe is a struggling actress. Is she you?

Detail by detail, I took almost nothing from my own life. But I did live in a brownstone in Brooklyn, and there were plenty of roommates who came and went.

I hear Diane Keaton was a big inspiration.

When I was filming Because I Said So with her, she turned to me one day and said, “You should write a book!” I was so flattered. It gave me permission to think maybe I can do this.

How long did it take you to write?

It took forever, a solid year. Sometimes it would come so easily, and sometimes I would sit there and stare. Apparently I’m not the only writer to miss deadlines!

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