‘Blue Bloods’: How Bridget Moynahan’s Refusal to Get Rid of Shoes Led to Her Writing a Book

by Anna Dunn

Blue Bloods actress Bridget Moynahan may be an actress, but she’s also an author.

Moynahan plays Erin Reagan-Boyle on the hit police show. She’s also featured in John Wick, The Journey Home, and Ramona and Beezus.

It’s not easy to write a book, especially with the schedule of a TV actress like herself. So how did Moynahan get inspired to write her novel?

Moynahan Found Book Inspiration From an Unlikely Place

“You live in New York City and you don’t have any closet and you get a storage unit to put all your ski stuff in and all your shoes and you move everything back and forth in the seasons,” she said in an interview with Kelly and Ryan in 2019. When she was moving her shoes out, she got the inspiration for her novel.

“I was moving these [shoes out] and I never wear them and I thought ‘this is it. I’m done and I’m gonna get rid of them. I’m gonna donate them. But I kept pulling them out of that pile and saying ‘but I love these! I can’t get rid of these!’ and I didn’t know why because I was never wearing them,” the Blue Bloods actress and author said. So why, exactly, was she keeping these shoes?

“It came down to memories,” she said. Thus, the book was born.

Her book, titled “Our Shoes, Our Selves: 40 Women, 40 Stories, 40 Pairs of Shoes,” is about the memories attached to different women’s favorite pair of shoes. The goal of the book is to showcase a diverse set of women and empower girls to live life authentically. Moynahan published the book in 2019.

“I talked to my friend Amanda who I eventually did the book with, and we thought maybe other women have the same [problem].”

The book has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with over 150 reviews. Many of the women in the book are celebrities with stories including Christiane Amanpour, Misti Copeland, and poet Rupi Kaur.

Moynahan Attributes the Success of ‘Blue Bloods’ To One Particular Team

While it’s true the actors are the face of a show, they certainly aren’t all of it. And while Moynahan gets to work with big names such as Donnie Whalberg and Tom Selleck, she’s attributed the success of the show to its writers, who she feels improve with every year.

Moynahan said in a 2017 cast interview that “part of the success of this show is that every single year, the writers are writing better stories. [They are] more complex, deeper, giving us more interesting stories to play.”

That’s pretty special for a writer’s team. Often, once you hit the 5+ year mark of a show, you’ll notice writers lose steam, struggling with ideas for plots and character development. But Blue Bloods is heading right toward its 12th season. You’ll definitely see more of Moynahan then, and hopefully, she’ll find the time to write another book just as creative as her last.