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RIP Jackie Collins

jackie-collinsI was saddened to learn of the death of author Jackie Collins last week. She passed away after losing her struggle with breast cancer.

While readers have been saddened by deaths of other prolific writers over the past little while (Colleen McCullough, Terry Pratchett and Tom Clancy to name a few), losing Jackie Collins hit me the hardest, so much that I find myself taking to my blog to post about her.

“Sexy, scandalous and seductive!”

I first discovered the novels of Jackie Collins when I was a teenager. And what an awakening that was!

Collins’ wrote about organized crime and Hollywood heartbreak, all of which were light years away from my small-town upbringing. I devoured her books, reading every one I could get my hands on, thrilled by her descriptions of the rich and famous and agog by all the sex scenes! While there is A LOT of sex in Collins’ novels, the scenes aren’t as descriptive as some books out there. It’s not erotica; wasn’t even close. It’s smut – down and dirty smut and Jackie Collins sold a lot of books writing about it.

Her first book The World is Full of Married Men was published in 1968 and called ‘nasty, filthy and disgusting’ by bestselling romance novelist Barbara Cartland. She announced that Collins’ ‘created every pervert in Britain.’jackie-collins-quote

What a way to create a bestseller!

I wonder what Barbara Cartland would have thought of E.L James?

Married Men was banned in Australia and South Africa but it’s notoriety only increased sales in the US and UK. This led to over twenty bestsellers and 500 million books in print.  Her final novel was The Santangelos, a conclusion to the series of novels she began in 1981 with Chances. 

There are too many of her novels to list but here are a few of my favourites.

rock star lucky lovers and gam hollywood husbands










jackie collins 2They are pure entertainment; nothing literary about them.

It’s been a while since I’ve read one of her new books, but I have copies of many on my shelves.  My mother gives them to me! Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll be reading them soon! I need to catch up on the lives of the rich and famous, real people thinly disguised as fictional characters, and as a way to say good bye to the author who inspired so many. She taught me that books are entertainment, and should be fun to read. And making them sexy doesn’t hurt either!

RIP Jackie Collins.

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Jackie Collins Tweets!

jackie collinsMy alter-ego has just started on twitter and was told Jackie Collins gives these awesome  prolific quotes with no thoughts to grammar or punctuation.  Fine by me because I’m not big on either.  And here you go – second day and she gives me one.

“If you’re not interested in the character, then u couldn’t give a damn about their sex life.”

Makes sense.

You need to make your readers care about your characters.  Sound writing advice if you ask me.

I’m taking writing advice from Jackie Collins.

Now, I have a bit of a history with Jackie Collins.  Hers was one of the first adult books I read, once I outgrew my Sweet Valley High and The Cheerleaders YA series.  I know, it was a bit of a stretch from the innocent first loves of Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield (although I suspect Jessica go around much more than her sister was aware of) to the dirty raunchiness of Lucky Santangelo.  I jumped into the world of Italian mafia and Hollywood high-flyers with Jackie and I loved every minute of it.

And then there were the sexy bits.  Remember the sexy bits?

luckyI wouldn’t go so far as to describe Jackie Collins are writing erotica but she did like it dirty.  Smut.  Raunchy.  Her characters liked sex and they liked a lot of it.  I have to admit that it’s been a while since I’ve read anything by the notorious Ms. Collins but whenever my mother has been given one of her novels, I make sure it goes home with me.  I’ve got at least two of her books in my TBR pile.  I know they’ll be a day where I’ll pick them up again.  In the mean time, I’ll take her advice and make you love my characters so you can’t wait to read about them getting busy with others!!!