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LAist Interview: Tamara Gregory

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Tamara Gregory is an LA native who enjoys all the perks that our metropolis has to offer. She is a film producer and author. Her first novel, Passport Diaries, which brings an African American perspective to the Chick Lit genre, goes on sale tomorrow.

A perfect beach-read, the novel follows LA-based assistant District Attorney, Kia Carson, as she embarks on a European vacation that also becomes a journey of self-discovery about global culture and interracial romance.

To celebrate her book's debut, Tamara is hosting a book release party at the Borders Books & Music in Westwood (1360 Westwood Boulevard) on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7 PM.

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Even if you can't make the reading, you can enter to win a trip to Paris courtesy of American Airlines via a "Passport Diaries" promotional offer at passportdiaries.com.

Age and Occupation:

Wow! Nothing like starting out with the toughest question. I’m 40. And I’m a producer/writer.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?

I was born in LA, raised in Orange County, went to college at USC and have lived in LA ever since (minus the two years I recently spent living in NY). I currently live in Inglewood.

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Why do you live in Los Angeles?

Contrary to what, as I like to call them, “the leftist” think, LA is the greatest city to live in as long as you can afford to travel to other cities and do so often. You can’t beat the weather and the easy living (if you have a car, if not, LA can be brutal). Sure the traffic is drag, but traffic in Miami, Houston, and New York isn’t much better and they have a little thing called humidity to deal with.