Source: Commons Wikimedia Org

Source: Commons Wikimedia Org

The novelist Jackie Collins died last Saturday after battling breast cancer. She was 77. The queen of the sultry novel, she wrote 32 books selling more than 500 million copies and preferred to call herself a storyteller rather than a writer. Every one of her books featured on ‘The New York Times’ bestsellers list and many were adapted for film or TV.

An amazing woman who cared for two husbands with cancer, Jackie Collins lived life to the full, giving interviews and travelling the world during her last weeks. I love that in an interview I read recently she said she didn’t need to be in a relationship as she had a man for every occasion!

Here are our favourite quotes from this inspirational strong woman.

I think I’m a born story teller. Inspiration is all around me. I can read a newspaper article and come up with an idea for a book.

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.

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 had ever read.

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.   

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.

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.

I’m not grammatical in the way I talk, or in the way I write, and I don’t pretend to be. I’m a high school dropout who eavesdrops.

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.

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

I don’t want to stop writing until I run out of stories. And I’ll never run out of stories.

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

I did it my way, as Frank Sinatra would say. I’ve written five books since the [cancer] diagnosis, I’ve lived my life, I’ve travelled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it… Now I want to save other people’s lives.