Loraine Despres is a novelist and recovering screenwriter. Her first novel, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy Leblanc, now in its 25th printing, was a national best seller, a Literary Guild Selection, and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It engendered The Southern Belle’s Handbook, Sissy Leblanc’s Rules to Live By. She followed with the story of Sissy’s grandmother, set in Louisiana in the turbulent 1920. Before novels, she wrote screenplays, pilots, and many TV episodes, but she’s best remembered for that icon of pop culture, the Who Shot J.R.? episode of DALLAS. Loraine taught screenwriting at UCLA for seven years and worked as an international screenwriting consultant in Germany, Spain, Sweden and Canada. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, writer-producer Carleton Eastlake and continues to enjoy bad behavior.