“When­ever I taste maple syrup I still as­so­ciate it with first hear­ing the words ‘ The New York Times best­seller’”

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“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.

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