And he had died a couple of years before. Now, I just like the man that he is. McMillan believes her readers will identify with the urge to re-examine their lives past the halfway mark, since most of them have been fans for more than two decades. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times. And how it feels to be in it. This evolution is evident in McMillan's most recent books, as her female protagonists grapple with reclaiming deferred dreams, adjusting to their empty nests and renegotiating partnerships. And about enjoying this stage of her life to the very fullest.
But the one thing that persistently ticks her off is when the literary establishment dismisses her work as pop fiction:
Author Terry McMillan talks about liking her ex, reading to white women and never giving up
This evolution is evident in McMillan's most recent books, as her female protagonists grapple with reclaiming deferred dreams, adjusting to their empty nests and renegotiating partnerships. Her heroine, Viola Price, was dealing with failing health and grown kids with problems. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. But inMcMillan told Oprah Winfrey about a decision she'd made. The story centered on Stella Payne, a driven stockbroker who found love with a much younger man while on a Jamaican vacation. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. Bass, who was Essence 's books editor for years, says it's hard to overstate the effect Waiting to Exhale and its author had on black women, who are the magazine's core readers.
Women loved the May-December romance with a happy ending. She had lost track of him. Like Stella, McMillan found love on vacation — but her happy ending fell apart when her young husband told her he was gay. Six years after their wedding, Plummer told McMillan he was gay. Happy Oprah Winfrey Day!