Thursday, March 18th, 2010
By Duane Wells
Jackie Collins is part of that rare breed of person who has figured out exactly what she enjoys and manifested it into a true and lucrative calling.
“I love what I do!“ The best-selling author exclaimed during a recent telephone conversation about her newest bestseller, Poor Little Bitch Girl. “People are always surprised, but I do.”
And still, after twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers that have collectively sold over 400 million copies in more than 40 countries, with not a one ever going out of print, Collins’ love affair with her craft continues.
Her latest novel, Poor Little Bitch Girl is Jackie Collins at her deliciously naughty, gossipy best and may well be one of her most contemporary novels in the sense that the story it tells brilliantly dissects the increasingly intense relationship between Hollywood, international society and Washington, D.C.
At its core, the book tells is the story of three twenty-something women, one hot rich guy, two mega movie stars, and a devastating murder. There’s Denver Jones, a twenty-something attorney working in Los Angeles; Carolyn Henderson, personal assistant to a powerful and very married Senator in Washington, with whom she is having an affair; and there’s Annabelle Maestro – daughter of two movie stars – has carved out a career for herself in New York as a madame of choice for discerning famous men. The three women, all of whom went to high school together in Beverly Hills, are reunited when Annabelle’s beautiful movie-star mother is found dead in the bedroom of her Beverly Hills mansion and the secrets from begin to come back to haunt them.
Poor Little Bitch Girl is a particularly juicy read because significant parts of the story feel ripped straight from the headlines, a fact that Collins readily acknowledges.
“The Eliot Spitzer case did absolutely inspire me,” the author admits without hesitation. “So I created [the character] Annabelle who’s lying in bed with Frankie Romano after they’ve just made love and they’re thinking about what they’re going to do next…they’re lying there reading the paper and they’re reading about Elliott Spitzer. So that’s how that all came about.”
“And then with Carolyn in Washington, I’ve always had that Chandra Levy case on my mind and I wanted to kind of mirror that a little bit” Collins continues.
With that kind of storyline it’s no wonder that Poor Little Bitch Girl continues to top the New York Times bestseller list a month after its release.
Aside from churning out bestsellers, the woman dubbed by some as the “Queen of Hollywood” is busier than ever.
Not only is she out pushing her latest tome up the bestseller list with a slew of media interviews and appearances, the ever groundbreaking Miss Collins is writing a cookbook with delectable recipes from one of her most memorable characters, Lucky Santangelo, and producing a direct to DVD film based on one of her original stories which will be mass distributed in the United Kingdom by Tesco, the British mega supermarket chain.
On the subject of her latest venture, the authoress is particularly excited. “We’ve got Nicole Steinwedell from The Unit, we have Anthony Delon, the son of the famous French movie star Alain Delon — he’s so gorgeous — and we have Trudy Styler (Sting’s wife) and Charles Dance. So we’ve got a fabulous cast,” Collins say of the project.
“I think it’s [about] the future. The future is selling a movie like you sell a book. You put it on the supermarket shelves and people buy it. People are absolutely going to be jumping on this bandwagon.”
With more direct to DVD movies in the pipeline and at least two other Tinseltown -inspired books already in the pipeline, Jackie Collins shows no signs of slowing down, which is a very good thing since her home domain of Hollywood just gets more and more interesting by the day.
Find out more about Jackie Collins and her latest novel Poor Little Bitch Girl at www.jackiecollins.com.