“Whenever I taste maple syrup I still associate it with first hearing the words ‘ The New York Times bestseller’”
“Instead of ordering muesli, as I’d planned, we had French toast with maple syrup. Whenever I taste maple syrup I still associate it with the words ‘ The New York Times bestseller.’”
While she’s known to modestly deflect questions about her friendship with Kidman, she’s evidently delighted to have the Hollywood heavyweight championing her work. So what did Kidman say about the new book? “Oh, all the right things,” Moriarty says with a smile. “Just that she loved it. That’s all you want to hear.”
hat said, success isn’t all rosy. Big Little Lies winning eight Emmys may have been thrilling, but finding a dress to wear to the ceremony wasn’t, Moriarty recalls. Still, photographs from the premiere of the show now sit on her parents’ wall, alongside her siblings’ wedding portraits. “No, we’re not married,” Moriarty says with a laugh about her own marital status. “We haven’t got around to it. Maybe one day.”
While she hesitates to talk about Adam and her children, family is clearly the bedrock of her life. Just as she’s still surprised when she sees her novels displayed in a store, Moriarty, who went through IVF, admits to still suffering a pang whenever she hears someone is pregnant. “I still have that memory of the days when I was desperate to have a baby. I have to remind myself: ‘It’s OK, you’ve got them now.’”
Not that said children respect her role as a celebrated international author. In an attempt to describe her workplace, she paints a picture: the lovely long wooden writer’s desk Adam sourced from an auction house, the piles of books dotted around her office and the tatty chair that needs replacing. “Everyone comes in and uses my desk,” she says with faux annoyance. “I try to tell them I’m the writer and they should treat my desk with a little more respect. But Adam disagrees: ‘No, no, it’s just a hot desk,’ he tells me.”
And with that, she’s off home to claim some time at her desk before her children get back from school. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (Macmillan Australia, $32.99) is out on Tuesday.