When Lisa Taddeo created the TV series Three Women, she embraced the sex scenes Hollywood usually rejects.

I suggest that, perhaps counterintuitively, part of what makes these women’s experiences so universally relatable is the specificity with which Taddeo has relayed them. 

“It’s so weird that’s the case, but so true,” she agrees.

But in spite of the herculean research effort Taddeo put in, she was still in no way prepared for the book’s success; it debuted at number one on The New York Times bestseller list and topped the UK’s The Sunday Times list as well. 

“I did not expect it, and it was a lot,” the author explained. “I really did not know that much of the work that one does after writing the book is the promotion of that book. I’m more of an old-timey writer,” she continued with a laugh, “I was built to write short stories inside a little hobbit hole.”

Be that as it may, the work that emerged from her hobbit hole connected with women around the world in an extreme way. All thanks to the book’s raw, unfiltered look at the complex world of female desire and the pain, frustration and fury that so often underpins it.”

And then because, in Taddeo’s words, “Hollywood loves a built-in audience”, the film and TV adaptation offers started coming in thick and fast. 

“It was like there was this fast-moving locomotive that I just kind of got on – or like, someone pushed me on it,” she said. “There were a lot of studios and streamers bidding on it, so in a way, because I’m a people pleaser, I kind of felt like I couldn’t say no.”