`Eat Pray Love' Changed My Life: Author Gilbert

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Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat Pray Love," discusses her creative career and her new book, "The Signature of All Things." She speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

All right, my next guest received worldwide attention for her 2006 memoirs, entitled "eat, pray, love." it became a best-seller worldwide, over 10 million copies sold worldwide, and it was made into a movie starring julia roberts.

Elizabeth gilbert has a new book out.

It is called "the signature of all things," and elizabeth gilbert joins us from washington, d.c. before we get to your new book, i want to ask you about what the success of "eat, pray, love" did to your life.

Changed it, rather dramatically.

I got into writing out of passion and love and never expected to write something that would reach so many people, and it was something, a combination of impacts in my life that i thought had to be managed very carefully so i did not turn it into a disaster, and i did not want to turn into somebody who drinks in the morning.

I did not wanted to be a weird, crushing thing.

As a young person, you grew up without the influence of television, without the influence of a record player.

You basically had to entertain your self.

Yes, i grew up on a small family christmas tree farm in connecticut, and my parents were sort of back to the lands people.

My mom had her own garden.

She made our own clothing.

We drove with an old car held together by duct tape and twine.

It was kind of a remarkable up her knee because we did not have an exposure to basically any media, and we did not have any neighbors, so my sister and i had to live in our own imagined world, and i do not think it is an irony that we ended up as writers, almost like it was a petri dish.

When you wrote "eat, pray, love," you took all of your money and put it into making this journey happen, right?

Yes, i did.

And it felt a little reckless.

I left a really good job.

I was a staff writer at a magazine, and i walked away from my job not knowing that i would ever have that job again, and i thought i needed to sort of jumpstart myself, and i had this idea to go to these three countries, and look at aspects of myself i felt were missing in cultures that do those things really well, and now it looks like it was just a homerun for success, but at the time, i cannot reiterate enough that there was no guarantee that would tear in into anything.

Tell us how this turned into this new book, "the signature of all things." i started as a fiction writer, and i wanted to take the abundance that "eat, pray, love" brought into my life, and i wanted to write the kind of novel that i have always enjoyed reading, the novel, and i decided to write about the 19th- century botanical exploration, so it is a novel that takes place all over the world, and what i have heard it referred to is as jane austen, and it is kind of like an adventure on the high seas.

And in venture -- adventure on the high seas.

To get it published, or because the other was a slam dunk?

After i wrote the book that came after "eat, pray, love," i thought that nobody was expecting anything of me, following up with something after "eat, pray, love," and i was financially stable enough, which few writers could choose to be, which is why i chose a whimsical one, which is why i went into 19th-century.

Me with this a® la bing books.

19th-century botany.

Could you find anything more obscure?

I probably could have if i looked, but i tell you, there was this fashion any moment at the age of enlightenment to the industrial revolution where plant

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