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Working Mother - - Work For Us -

The in­spi­ra­tion for main char­ac­ter Amanda’s best friend Lau­rie is one of Alisyn’s real-life BFFs, fel­low mom Maria Vil­lalo­bos, a Cal­i­for­ni­abased TV pro­ducer. The two met at Amer­ica’s Most Wanted in the ’90s. “She al­ways de­liv­ers,” Alisyn says. Even on the day of this photo shoot, Maria was there (early) and gave Alisyn her shirt to wear! In the book, Lau­rie works on a com­pet­ing network. “When I show up on a break­ing news story, I see ABC, NBC, CBS—we’re all in it to­gether. Peo­ple think we’re archri­vals, but we’re friends.” Amanda Wakes Up (Vik­ing, July 2017), $17; ama­zon.com

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