The lives of the world's most famous millionaire authors are shrouded in mystery. A candid new book opens the door on the private and professional lives of some of the most celebrated bestselling authors alive today.
Online PR News – 24-April-2014 – Oxford – Most people will have read famous books such as Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus or The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They’ll have seen Hollywood films such as: Interview with the Vampire; Chocolat; A Woman of Substance; and The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. But they know very little about the authors who wrote them.
A new book 'Celebrity Authors’ Secrets' aims to address this with penetrating interviews with famous writers such as: Jeffrey Archer, Terry Pratchett, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bernard Cornwell and Joanne Harris, plus others.
They belong to what The Bookseller dubbed the “Millionaires’ Club” - a small literary elite who’ve managed to sell over a million copies of their books. Less than 70 UK authors have achieved this feat since records began in 1998.
The author of Celebrity Authors’ Secrets, Stephanie J. Hale, is a mother of 3, who set up her own publishing consultancy after her marriage broke down. She now works with millionaire authors and celebrities, helping them to write and market their books.
“It’s not a lifestyle for the faint-hearted,” she said. “These authors are like the gold medalists at the Olympics. The extremes of effort and endurance can be just as punishing.”
Her book’s received widespread acclaim for the surprisingly candid interviews about the authors’ personal lives. It became an Amazon bestseller six weeks before being launched, (selling through pre-orders) … and has already been a finalist for The Beverly Hill Book Awards.
Surprising facts revealed in the interviews with some of the world's most iconic writers include:
• Today’s celebrity authors often start work at 5am while everyone else is still asleep, and work 14-hour shifts.
• They sometimes go ‘undercover’ to test out their book ideas anonymously.
• When they do start writing, they often prefer ordinary biros and old-fashioned typewriters to expensive laptops.
• They use Facebook and Twitter daily, but see the Internet as their biggest competitor.
Some short extracts from the exclusive interviews with include:
“I once did a signing session... where four people turned up.” -- Jeffrey Archer, author of Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less
“No publishers had wanted either book. I approached at least 10...” –John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
“In a world where social media is prominent they don’t just want the books, they want to know about you.” -- Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat
Celebrity Authors’ Secrets – The World's Greatest Living Authors Reveal How They Sell Millions of Books by Stephanie J. Hale is published on 30 May 2014.