Author Natalie Beach poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Friday, June 23, 2023, to promote her book “Adult Drama: And Other Essays.” (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) By LESLIE AMBRIZ (Associated Press) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natalie Beach i s “not bothered” by the constant correlation of her name with her former best friend, Caroline Calloway. “Caroline is an incredibly interesting person, and she’s really talented and a wonderful writer,” said Beach, who rose to fame in 2019 after writing the viral essay “ I Was Caroline Calloway ” for New York Magazine’s The Cut. In it, she details a toxic friendship and unveils her role as the influencer’s ghostwriter. Calloway had become popular for her diary-style Instagram captions about her time as an American at the University of Cambridge, gaining a six figure book deal for a memoir that never quite materialized. That, along with questionable creativity workshops and Beach’s essay, eventually earned Calloway a reputation as a scammer. Calloway leaned into that, finally self-publishing “Scammer” just days before Beach’s own memoir was set to be published by HarperCollins’ Hanover Square Press. Stepping out of the shadows with “Adult Drama: And Other Essays,” published June 20, Beach does include two essays about their friendship but largely focuses elsewhere, interweaving larger issues like gentrification, abortion rights, body image and more. “I didn’t write the book to explain myself or even to introduce myself to other people,” Beach said. “More to use who I am and the character of myself on the page as a jumping off point to bring people into ideas that really excite me and interest me.” The Associated Press sat down with Beach to chat about her memoir-in-essays and the internet’s obsession with Calloway and Beach’s friendship fallout. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Beach: I gravitated towards subjects that caused me some tension that felt like a pebble under my shoe. I still had questions about what the experience meant to me. I didn’t have my feelings worked out. The essays are long and researched at times, and I wanted to attack […]

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