The Root Interview: Terry McMillan on Getting to Happy

The novelist opens up to The Root about her new novel, Michelle Obama, Twitter, getting along with her ex and why we need a national coming-out day.

The Root caught up with Terry McMillan just as she was to begin the tour for her latest novel, Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.

The Root: How are you? Where are you?

Terry McMillan: New York. I’m going to the Barnes and Noble [in Union Square]. I didn’t get much sleep last night — I haven’t done this in five years! But I’m used to it.

TR: Why did you join Twitter?

TM: My publisher asked me to join Twitter in May. And I never thought I’d like it. I always thought it was sort of stupid: “I’m on my way to Starbucks,” or “I just woke up,” or whatever this is. I found out I can say a lot in 140 characters. It turned out to be a nice avenue in which to put your thoughts and your concerns, what you are about. So that’s the conduit it became for me. And I try not to talk about myself that much — that’s boring. But since my book is coming out, I’m on it.

TR: What do you think of D.L. Hughley and Sherri Shepherd’s recent comments on The View about men on the down low being responsible for the rate of HIV infections among black men?