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Talking Top Tens: Gemma Burgess

Author and Screenwriter


Gemma is an author and screenwriter who lives in New York City and used to live in London, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, and Singapore. Her first books, The Dating Detox and A Girl Like You, are romcoms set in the London dating-and-drinking scene, and her subsequent New York-set young adult book series, Brooklyn Girls, Love and Chaos and The Wild One, chart the lives of a group of friends trying to survive post-graduate life in New York City. She’s also a screenwriter and has sold and developed scripts with New Regency Studios, HBO, ABC Network, NBC Universal, and Warner Bros. She lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and two young sons. To learn more about Gemma, check out her site!

And more with Gemma Burgess…

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

@pandorasykes—consummate London fashion girl, @laretraite_fr is my friend’s account tracking the renovation of her chateau into a tiny boutique hotel, and it makes me long to visit her immediately, @womensmarch because, obviously.

Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable purchase/style phase:

Five-inch Louboutin hooker heels in 2009. What were we all thinking? 

Your current Netflix addiction:

Brothers & Sisters, Parenthood, The West Wing, The Office and Felicity. (Comfort food!) Also love Nobodies, Crashing, Detroiters, Catastrophe, Fleabag, and Riverdale. I like smart-ass comedies and smart relationship dramas, and so inevitably, my writing is a combination of those two genres. If Sharon Horgan and Ron Howard had a baby, I would be that baby.

What do you love most about your work:

Everything. I love to write. 

Midnight snack of choice:

Nutella on Finn’s crackers or Fage full-fat yogurt with maple syrup.

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Just ONE!? … La Roche Posay SPF50. So boring.

Go-­to workout song on your most recent playlist:

Sleigh Bells ‘I Can’t Stand You Anymore’.

At 9am each day, you are:

Either at Tonehouse, or at my desk.

You decompress each day by:

Talking to my husband. I really like him.

Nail color currently on your hands and feet:

Neon pink on my feet, nothing on my hands. (Too distracting for writing.)