The Carrie Diaries executive producer Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle also became a television series.
From Sex and the City to seven successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute. With each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy.
Bushnell grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and moved to New York City at age 19. She attended Rice University and New York University and began her professional career at 19 when she wrote a children’s book for Simon & Schuster. Throughout her twenties, Bushnell developed her trademark style as a freelancer, writing darkly humorous pieces about women, relationships and dating for Mademoiselle, Self magazine and Esquire.
In 1990, she wrote a column that would become a precursor for Sex and the City titled “The Human Cartoon,” a fictional serial published in Hamptons magazine. Bushnell began writing for The New York Observer in 1993. In November 1994, she created the column “Sex and the City” which ran in the Observer for two years. The column was bought as a book in 1995 and sold to HBO as a series in 1996. Bushnell hosted a radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio called “Sex, Success and Sensibility,” which aired from October 2006 to October 2008. She wrote and created a web series called The Broadroom, starring Jennie Garth, which launched in September 2009. She is currently at work on the third book in The Carrie Diaries series.
Through her books and television series, Bushnell’s work has influenced and defined two generations of women. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award for books and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award.
Bushnell currently resides in Manhattan.