Jill Kargman is the star, writer, and executive producer of Bravo’s scripted series Odd Mom Out, which just wrapped its second season. Kargman, who has plenty of ties to DC including visiting godmother Teresa Heinz Kerry, has made the city her first stop on her latest book tour. Kargman’s book, Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave, is a collection of essays on life, death, and everything in between. We talked with Jill on her show, her writing, and what she loves about DC.
Can you tell us a little about your new book? Jill Kargman: Sprinkle Glitter On My Grave is a collection of comedic essays, and the thread is embracing life through the semi-morbid lens of "you can't take it with you." My family's belief that you need to filch the joy out of every day. It sounds creepster but it's actually pretty uplifting and funny.
Do you have a favorite essay or chapter in the book? JK: I like the chapters about wisdom I gleaned from my amazing mom and dad.
What is your writing process like? JK: I basically get up, shower, get dressed, and sit down to work like anyone. It sounds so un-artisty, but I really see it as work and sit down and get it out. With three kids you don't have the leisure of writers' block—it has to get done.
You always have such an impeccable sense of fashion. Do you have any favorite boutiques you like to visit in DC? JK: I hear Nantucket fave Tuckernuck is opening in DC! I always love Saks too of course, and those cute Bethesda Row shops.
Do you have any advice for DC moms who may feel parenting anxiety? JK: I feel your pain! Just surround yourself with a couple good friends (and wine!) and know this will pass. Ignore the white noise about stuff you're allegedly supposed to do like nursing, making your own baby food, washing baby clothes before they wear it, etc. Follow your instincts.