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Her Life. Uncovered
Former Detroiter Lynn Isenberg turns
her own experiences into a hit novel.
Special to the Jewish News
On The Bookshelf
Playboy Channel, and [I] wrote a movie
for that channel," explains Isenberg,
who thinks readers will have fun with
Iff eet Laura Taylor in
her presentation of fictional episodes.
•Hollywood and you'll
"Unknown to me, the Playboy
know a lot about Lynn
Channel had co-financed that movie
Isenberg of Marina del
with an adult film company. A year later,
Rey, Calif., formerly of Bloomfield Hills.
I was informed I had been nominated
Their commonality puts the spot-
for the best screenplay in that world —
light on skin flicks.
not knowing I had written for that
Laura Taylor is Isenberg's penname,
world — and it became a cult classic."
used while the writer worked on porn
Things Change, the name of the first
films to support herself as she market-
skin flick written by her novel's main
ed mainstream work. Laura Taylor also character, also is the name of an adult
is the name of the main character in
film written by Isenberg, 44.
novel, My Life
grew up with
ents and come
"This novel was
from a family
inspired by real
of three chil-
events, by a particu-
lar passage of time
in my life, which
gave me a lot of
define as sex-
insight into the
adult entertainment Lynn Isenberg describes herself as
"a Michigan girl at heart."
Isenberg, who visits
shared by actu-
the area this month
for book signings and readings. "I
They also set up formal drama instruc-
learned to practice being nonjudgmental
tion for the multiple X-rated perform-
in order to do this kind of writing.
ers who act out their dialogue.
"I just said to myself that I'm not
'A compilation of all my experiences
going to judge this industry or these
led to the novel," Isenberg says. "I had
people. If I did, I'd be judging myself
worked with a lot of other writers and
as well as them, and that could have a
read countless screenplays."
negative impact. I ended up finding
Isenberg, who graduated from
out that the adult entertainment
Andover High School and was a mem-
industry had a lot more business
ber of Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
integrity than Hollywood and express
earned a bachelor's degree in English
that in the book."
language and literature with a minor in
The main character of My Lift
film studies from the University of
Uncovered is depicted as a Jewish
Michigan. Moving to California imme-
young woman from Michigan who
diately after college, she became a story
dreams of becoming an acclaimed
analyst for a production company.
screenwriter. After going into debt
The author spent some time doing
while trying to sell a script, she accepts administrative work at a talent agency
paid writing assignments from shad-
but decided she wanted to be more
owy film producers.
involved with creative processes and
As the character agrees to take on
found a job developing, selling and
more offbeat writing assignments, she
associate producing the film
establishes a double life, trying to keep
Youngblood with Rob Lowe and
the circumstances of her employment
secret from family and associates.
Isenberg's next project was develop-
"Unlike the book, I met a
ing the film I Love You to Death with
Michigander out in Los Angeles who
Kevin Kline and Keanu Reeves. .
was head of programming at the
"When I Love You to . Death came