I had the honor and privilege of talking with the eloquent and wonderful Emmy winning writer Claire Labine recently. In case you missed it, here is the complete seven part interview.
Part One - Labine discusses her writing process, reflects on her early career, and how mothering contributed to her understanding of soaps.
Part Two - Labine discusses her battles with ABC, struggles with recasts, and the psychological underpinnings of the Ryan family.
Part Three - Labine discusses controversial storyline choices on Ryan's Hope and General Hospital, and her reaction to the criticism that her work is “too depressing.”
Part Four - Labine dishes about life at General Hospital, the pressures of continuing the Luke and Laura legacy, inventing Sonny and Brenda, and why Jason Quartermaine was given amnesia.
Part Five - Labine shares insights into what happened when she went to work on One Life to Live and Guiding Light.
Part Six - Labine shares more about her struggles with Guiding Light and Paul Rauch, plus, the absurdities of focus groups.
Part Seven - We conclude by discussing Labine's life after Guiding Light, her health, and future hopes.