DALLAS With Sex and the City 2 opening this week, author Candace Bushnell stays one step ahead with a new book that takes Carrie Bradshaw back in time to her high school days called The Carrie Diaries.

Bradshaw described the plot: She absolutely is finding her writing voice, and she has aspirations of becoming a writer, and she doesn't exactly know how to go about it, and it's really about finding that confidence to pursue your dream.

When you watch Sarah Jessica Parker on screen or read about Carrie in the books, you're actually watching a version of Candace Bushnell. It's fiction, but based on part-time reality.

There's nothing that actually happened to Carrie that happened to me, Bushnell said, although I did draw a lot of my own experiences of being young, wanting to be a writer. I knew I wanted to be a novelist when I was eight.

Candace Bushnell has not yet seen the new movie sequel, but she is well-aware of the phenomenon she has created. Dallas theaters are almost sold out for the first day by women planning to see Sex and the City 2 in groups and drinking flirtinis.

It makes me smile, Bushnell said. I have so many women who come up to me and say they made it a real girls' night, and they went to the movie with their friends and they had a blast.


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