Bestselling author: DC would be ‘fun’ as backdrop for books

Writer Emily Giffin says she’d consider basing one of her future books in Washington — but that might cause a bit of a literary stir at the family dinner table: “I’m not very familiar with this world of political intrigue. In general I probably shy away from it because I come from such a polarized family. My father is so Republican and my mother is such a Democrat that I’ve become sort of — OK, [I should] avoid the subject. But it would be kind of fun to set it here, some sort of backdrop.”

The nation’s capital was the backdrop for Giffin, 40, as she breezed through D.C. Monday for a series of signings of her new book, Where We Belong. The sixth tome from The New York Times best-selling author and mom of three follows a 30-something TV producer living in New York City, who gets a knock on her door from a teenage girl that changes her life.

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These days the genial chick-lit scribe, who has built up quite a following of fans, isn’t just getting the attention of Washingtonians — Hollywood came calling last year. Her 2004 novel, 

Something Borrowed, was adapted into a feature film of the same name starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. She says movie companies have optioned five of her six works.

Asked whether she could see any political figures playing one of her characters in a yet-to-be-made flick, Giffin replies, “Michelle Obama, you could always put her anywhere. I love her. I love the way she dresses. I love the whole demeanor. [I’ll] try to snag her for a cameo.”