Clipped From Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
sued his Jack In — — Joanna Barnes Now Novelist By DICK KLEINER HOLLYWOOD (NEA) — There's a slim, skillful new novel out these days called Who Is Carla Hart'”' It’s the third book and second novel from that beautiful and brainy actress Joanna Barnes Her first book was about decorating Then came a successful novel, “The Deceivers ’’ This writing is not, however, a case of an actress who finds time hanging heavy- on her hands Joanna Barnes considers herself a writer first, actress second “The writing came first." she says. “I began writing when I was eight and studied writing at Smith The acting came much later.” ACTUALLY. SHE SAYS, she much prefers writing — “it is something you do yourself ” “With acting she says. * if you win an Oscar or an Emmv, you have to thank even, body If you write a book it is completely your own " Her two careers are independent of each other She can — and does — interrupt one to pursue the other. While she was working on Who Is Carla Hart’’” for example, she was offered a great" guest-starring role on Marcus Welby She pushed her typewriter aside, did the role, then came back and picked up where she had left off And. similarly, she can be in a movie or a TV show, then break it off for a week and work on her book IF THIS NEW BOOK IS SOLD for a movie, she would very much like to take a shot at writing the screenplay. But she doesn’t see herself playing the lead role, that of a glamorous movie star “I don't consider myself glamorous." she says, but she is. and extremely so. It may be a moot question, because she isn t too optimistic about a movie sale Her book is about Hollywood and she is enough of a realist to know that Hollywood films seldom do well, hence there is no rush to buy Hollywood stories. ' Maybe I should have set the story someplace else,’ she says “I could have set it anywhere — it's the story of a woman gradually going bananas That can happen anyplace — but why should I set it in Poughkeepsie when I know Hollywood so well?” People are guessing who she really meant by Carla Hart and her other characters She says they are purely fictional. Carla Hart isn't modeled after anybody,” she says.