Andrew McCarthy is best known for starring in movies like Pretty In Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Weekend At Bernie’s. But a few years ago he realized that travel had had a profound effect on his life and inundated an editor friend with clips until he got an assignment. Now McCarthy is an award-winning travel writer who has recently released his first YA novel, Just Fly Away. On his book tour, he stopped by The A.V. Club to talk with assistant editor Gwen Ihnat about his current career, which includes not only his writing but also directing for TV series like Orange Is The New Black and The Blacklist.

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