Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Not just a pretty, er...

The British model Jordan, who is also known by her real name, Katie Price, is a star, loosely speaking, in the Jane Russell/Jayne Mansfield/Pamela Anderson tradition. That is to say, her principal assets are carried around in front of her. And in Jordan's case, it seems to be common knowledge, indeed boasted about, that various surgeons have embroidered upon nature.

Jordan/Katie has already written a couple of autobiographies -- well she is in her late twenties, after all -- and the latest of these, just out, is doing pretty well. Last week Jordan -- a Whole New World, sold 10,301 copies and was at 26 in the top 50.

However, there is more to come. Last August, Galleycat noticed a Publishing News report to the effect that Katie's latest book contract includes not only autobiography no. 2 (i.e. the one just out) but also two novels. And, in this morning's Times, we have some gripping insight into Katie's working methods.

In the People column, Hugo Rifkind reveals that Katie has been giving an interview to US Vogue, in the course of which she puts in a plug for the first of these novels, Angel. Due out in July, folks, just in time for the beach. Listed on both and .com.

How does she write, asked the Vogue interviewer. Answer: 'I talk. I'm not going to say I sit there with a pen and paper. I don't think anyone does that. I haven't got time for a typewriter or whatever.'

Well quite. It's a busy life. What with the washing-up, making the beds and everything.

However, as Kate Allan commented on our (first) report of the Random House saga competition, Sniff ye not. Commercial fiction may wrinkle the nose of some supercilious readers, but it pays the rent considerably better than the highbrow stuff.

Ghost writer for the autobiog, by the way, was Rebecca Farmworth, though whether she's doing the novels as well I know not. Nice little earner for somebody, anyway.


Anonymous said...

Barbara Cartland used to lounge in her pink finery and dictate her sagas...could Jordan be the contemporary version? As for this glut of autobiogs from young celebs (Wayne Rooney next), at least they are providing reading matter for those to whom reading might otherwise not matter.

Kate Allan said...

Leopold - how can there be a problem with narrating fiction? Fiction is essentially storytelling. I hear my novels in my head and see the scenes playing in mind before I get down to the pain of trying to transcribe it all on paper. If I could afford to pay someone to do my typing I'd be tempted to take the Barbara Cartland/Katie Price method as it would be a lot more time efficient for sure.