Celebrities you didn’t know were best selling authors…
There’s no surprise when you read that famous celebrities turn out to be authors too.
Living and working in the arts world and being a creative person leads to yet more creativity…hence famous novelists.
Of course, being a celeb and being famous gives them a head-start on the rest of the book writing fraternity with a knack for marketing themselves. They are also followed by many, and in some cases by thousands, if not millions.
Some release perfume or a clothing range or perhaps an exercise DVD, but some turn their hands and minds to story writing, so the rest of us can enjoy a good read.
It may be a surprise to many that these celebrities are incredibly articulate at writing too and some are best selling authors to boot. So hear goes with those famous people who have turned to writing…
1. Carrie Fisher – Postcards from the Edge.
Unfortunately, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was one of the celebrities we lost during 2016, my thoughts go out to her family. This is not Fishers only work and is a semi-autobiographical novel.
It is a tale about an actress who ends up in hospital from a drug overdose…a snippet of the description reads on Amazon…
‘When we first meet the extraordinary young actress Suzanne Vale, she’s feeling like ‘something on the bottom of someone’s shoe, and not even someone interesting.’
Suzanne is in the harrowing and hilarious throes of drug rehabilitation, trying to understand what happened to her life and how she managed to land in a ‘drug hospital.’
Fisher’s best selling book was made into a 1990 film of the same name and starred Shirley McLean and Meryl Streep.
2. Rob Lowe – Stories I Only Tell My Friends
My first memory of Rob Lowe was in St. Elmo’s Fire a 1985 American coming-of-age film. Rob Lowe has gone on to star in many more films and in TV series. An actor I’ve always liked and admired and what I’d call a born natural.
A snippet from the Amazon description reads…
‘A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.
Teen idol at fifteen, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.’
This book has some 74 reviews and with a 4.5 star rating too.
3. Pamela Anderson – Star
Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is known to many as a glamorous actress and model. Anderson is an activist for the animal rights movement and has conducted campaigns condemning the commercial fur industry. She promotes veganism through the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
She had written two novels, “Star” and “Star Struck.” The first novel Star has some 86 reviews on Amazon and the description reads…
‘Pamela Anderson’s life is the stuff of fairy tales and centerfolds. A champagne blonde who was discovered by a beer company, she moved from model to Playmate, from actress to star . . . and now she can add New York Times bestselling author to her resume. Star is a breathless romp through tinseltown and tabloids. An insider’s look at the world of inflated egos and inflated bodies, Ms. Anderson’s novel goes beyond the air kisses and velvet ropes to show what really happens when A-list meets D-cup, when small-town girl gets all glittered up and becomes a star.’
From famous actors to famous singers….
4. Shania Twain – From This Moment On
I’ve been a fan of Shania Twain for years. A Candian singer, she is famous for her fantastic voice and for singing many hits since her rise to success in the early 1990’s. She is the look and sound of country music, but she stepped away from the fame and the stage in the early 2000’s to lead a simple life with her husband and son.
A snippet of the description from Amazon reads…
‘Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in rural Canada, Shania Twain has lived a life rife with triumph and tragedy. Aged two, her parents had divorced, and by early childhood, her family of seven was often without food, at times living in a filthy one bedroom apartment. Her stepfather’s abuse forced her mother to move with five children into a homeless shelter, and when she wasn’t working in McDonald’s to support her family, she was out chopping wood. But when her mother and stepfather were tragically killed in an automobile accident when she was 22, Shania knew that the only way to lift her family out of poverty was to use her singing talent and become a full-time performer.’
With 46 reviews and 4.5 stars next to this title, she has earned a place in the literary world too.
5. Madonna – The English Roses
Another famous singer Madonna is an author of children’s books. When I was researching this article, I had no idea that she was a writer, let alone a children’s writer. The Queen of Pop is now a bestselling children’s book author, with a number of titles under her belt.
The description on amazon of The English Rose reads…
‘Have you ever heard of the English Roses? Here is what they are not; A box of chocolates. A football team. Flowers growing in the garden. What they are is this: the fastest selling picture book EVER! The world famous picture book is now available in paperback for the first time. With hardback sales of 165,000 copies in the UK alone, The English Roses is a publishing phenomenon. With it’s high production values, well-received storyline and fabulous artwork, it’s a picture book that deserves it’s place at the top of the bestseller charts.’
4. Hilary Duff – Elixir
Hillary Duff is an American actress and began in her acting career at a very young age. She’s known for films like Cheaper By The Dozen and A Cinderella Story to name just two.
Whilst taking a break from acting, Hilary Duff has written two novels, “Elixir” and “Devoted.”
Elixir is categorized on Amazon as Love & Romance and in Paranormal & Fantasy and a short clip from the description reads…
‘Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent Washington DC politician, Clea has grown to be a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a career that allows her to travel to the most exotic parts of the world. But following Clea’s father’s disappearance while on a humanitarian mission, Clea’s photos begin to feature eerie, shadowy images of a strange and beautiful man – a man she has never seen before.’
There are many other famous celebrities out there that have written both adult books and children’s stories. I’m sorry if I haven’t mentioned your favourite…but then if they are your favourite celeb then you already know they are a writer any way.