Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Jackie Collins Quotes

1. Do not copy my style! The first rule of writing is write about what you know, not what you think you know. So, think about what you've done in your life and write about that.

2. Agents are essential, because publishers will not read unsolicited manuscripts.

3. All of my books have the potential to become movies, it's just a question of finding a studio who wants to get behind me and put up the money to make the movie.

4. Brittany Murphy... who knows if she's going to be around. Kirsten Dunst, I think she's really boring. Reese Witherspoon? She can open a movie.

5. Authors change publishers because it's like being married for a long time and suddenly you want to go out and have a wild affair! No, not seriously, sometimes the deal is more interesting with a new publisher, and other times they have more enthusiasm for your books.

6. I am currently talking to one of the studios about making American Star as a TV series.

7. I am still shocking people today, and I don't know why. Is it because I'm a woman talking about sex and men? One magazine said that no one writes sex in the back of a Bentley better than Jackie Collins.

8. I don't believe in writing anything that I don't know about or haven't researched about personally. I like to transport the reader to places, and in order to do that I have to do the research.

9. I have considered rap music stars, and there is one in my new book, Lovers and Players, and there is also a hip-hop music mogul who I think you will like a lot.

10. I have this theory that people in Hollywood don't read. They read "Vanity Fair" and then consider themselves terribly well read. I think I can basically write about anybody without getting caught.

11. I have written 20 books, and each one is like having a baby. Writing is not easy; some people want to write books but just can't put a story together. I can put together a story that interests both me and my readers.

12. I have visited Australia several times, and I always try to make a point of going to Melbourne because it's almost my favorite city there, Melbourne and Sydney. But I shouldn't say that because I haven't been everywhere-and I'm very fond of Perth too!

13. I know that I am very popular in Holland, in fact I have visited Amsterdam several times to publicize my books. I have a great publisher in Holland and they have published all of my books in Dutch.

14. I really fall in love with my characters, even the bad ones. I love getting together with them. They tell me what to do; they take me on a wild and wonderful trip.

15. I managed to take a family trip to the Bahamas and it was quite lovely.

16. I was never confident about finishing a book, but friends encouraged me. When I finished my first book, it was accepted by a publisher right away and became an instant bestseller. One male critic called it the most shocking book he ever read.

17. I think I'm a born storyteller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book.

18. I write about real people in disguise. If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre.

19. I write about the American dream: if you set your mind to do something, you can do it. My fans know they're getting the real thing.

20. Ideas are all around me. If I wasn't interested in them myself, I don't think anyone else would be either.

21. If you want to achieve your dreams, you must follow them, and the best way to follow them is not to think about wanting to be very rich, but to think about doing something that you really want to do.

22. I write synopses after the book is completed. I can't write it beforehand, because I don't know what the book's about. I invent something for my publisher because he asks for one, but the final book ends up very differently.

23. My philosophy is, unless you're sick and need help, why bother?

24. People are intrigued by fame, power and wealth and I think Hollywood is the only place where you get all three together.

25. My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.

26. The biggest critics of my books are people who never read them.

27. The husbands, who sometimes have another family who's grown, are going: "Now I can spend time with my baby". Oh yeah, I bet your other family is really thrilled.

28. Whatever you have a passion for, then you must do. If you want to write, write about something you know about.

29. Where was Paris Hilton a year ago? She's a fabulous character to write about.

30. You've got your hands full if you have three children under 2 years old.

31. Who is ready to settle for five minutes when three hours does nicely?

32. Falling in love is like getting hit by a truck and yet not being mortally wounded. Just sick to your stomach, high one minute, low the next. Starving hungry but unable to eat. hot, cold, forever horny, full of hope and enthusiasm, with momentary depressions that wipe you out. It is also not being able to remove the smile from your face, loving life with a mad passionate intensity, and feeling ten years younger.Love does not appear with any warning signs. You fall into it as if pushed from a high diving board. No time to think about what's happening. It's inevitable. An event you can't control. A crazy, heart-stopping, roller-coaster ride that just has to take its course.

33. If you want to be a writer-stop talking about it and sit down and write!

34. Men are cheaters. Women are not to be trusted. And most people are dumb.

35. Shit happens. You need to move on.

36. First lust then love.

37. Your whole life is ahead of you. Don't you ever forget that.

38. Love's not what makes the world go around.

39. I'm a survivor. I was thinking about what you said, and you're absolutely right - I have to let go to continue. This devastating news is not going to slow me down. I'm my own person. I always have been. I've never believed in those people who blame everything on their parents - you know, I'm a f...-up because my father was a f...-up. Or I'm a drunk because my mother was an alcoholic. So my father was a hit man? Maybe. So he murdered my mother? Maybe. I don't know any of these things for a fact. But I'm accepting them, and I'm beginning to realize they're not part of who I am.

40. Expecting conceit they found courtesy. Expecting arrogance they found a man concerned with people’s thoughts and feelings.

41. The truth would set her free. Only then would she be able to get on with her life.

42. We've had a lot of blood and sweat put into the school by parents and volunteers.

43. Our kids are going to be acting out their multiplication tables and singing out their history lessons.

44. I'm truly blessed…I'm going to go to school, and I'm going to really dedicate myself.

45. For a long time this was the best-kept secret in Arizona. It sat here and did nothing except be pretty.

46. These are not big corporations buying these parcels. It's working-class people trying to put their money somewhere it will make them a return.

47. What do you have in at least an acre or more, because I'm tired of living cramped next to my neighbor.

48. I know I give people a lot of pleasure...I take them out of their lives. They have fun.

49. It was so funny to realize that all the cliches about Hollywood were true…There was the casting couch. There were these dirty old men who would say: "Can you lift your skirt up a little higher, darling? We'd like to see your legs. How about dinner tonight?" That's what I started to write about.

50. I never cross anything out. I just add to it. It's embellishing. Then my assistant puts it on the computer. It's almost like reading something new when it goes on the computer.

51. During the course of that year, I'll probably have another book come out…I'll go on the road to promote it and do publicity. People think the life of a writer like me is easy. "She writes those scandalous books and then she just lounges around"…

52. I'm involved in every single aspect of my books.

53. I go to all the parties, I go to the same restaurants, I've seen them over the years and they know me and I'm not intimidated by anybody. And I will ask them any question I feel like asking them.

54. We want to find out different things about celebrities, what makes them tick, how did they meet their husband, what is it like at home.

55. I should be writing until I drop. I'll be a little old lady of 106. I never see myself stopping what I do because it's my passion.

56. I write for myself, but I also write for my fans. I love hearing that people enjoy my books; I can never hear enough of that!

57. When I am writing it's a very lonely life, and I love getting onto my website and reading the letters from people.

58. I live my life like a cool bachelor. I have a man for all seasons.

59. I guess you're going to have to indulge in a little phone sex-nothing wrong with that! I don't know what to recommend for you, depends what turns you on. 

60. Viagra is a drug, just like cocaine. It can cause you to become addicted.

62. If you want to have great sex, find a partner who really turns you on. Pills are merely props, and props can turn out to be a big drag.

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