Wilsonville resident Cynthia Whitcomb has written nearly 30 screenplays for television films and miniseries, penned several books on screenwriting, and been nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild Awards. Lakewood Theatre is currently staging her adaptation of novel "Parnassus on Wheels" by Christopher Morley.

Whitcomb recently talked to the Times about the play, her writing process and the elements of a perfect love story. Here's an abridged transcript of our conversation.