Posted on 02 February 2009 by Freya North
Well, you know you’ve made it when one of your novels is featured in a soap opera… Thanks so much to you eagle-eyed readers who spotted an original edition of ‘Polly‘ in Coronation Street! This honour has to rank as highly as being a question on the Weakest Link…and a clue in the Daily Mirror crossword (I still dine out on those to this day…)
So, Cheryl Cole is to write a series of ‘chick-lit’ novels… Hmmm, what do I think about that? (check out my comments on the Bookseller blog) Ms Cole is gorgeous and talented…as a singer and celebrity. But can she hack it as a novelist? Does she actually know what it entails? Where’s her track record of being able to write 100,000+ words of original fiction? And hold on… isn’t she a singer? Has she ever said “if I wasn’t in Girls Aloud, I’d love to be a novelist”? Did I miss an interview when she’s previously revealed “all I’ve ever wanted to do is write…”? The quote I read said she hadn’t previously thought of writing, but that she’s “come around to the idea”.
Tell me she isn’t going to have her very own secret ghost-writer? Tell me that her fine UK publisher won’t now reject and forfeit fine unpublished novelists because they’d prefer to spend a vulgar amount on Ms Cole’s advance?
An author’s life can be a lonely ol’ existence – my working days are spent almost entirely on my own, concentrating very hard, doing committed research, putting in the hours and crucial fastidiousness to ensure I write good fiction. Will Cheryl have the time necessary to do this? And will she mind the long periods away from the limelight while she knuckles down to write?
Writing a novel is not about ‘burning ambition’ – where ambition is solely about publication or money or fame. For a novel to be a good novel – and worthy of the kind readers who part with their cash to buy it – it can only arise from the author’s absolute desire to write that story out of their system – and being blessed with the necessary talent to do so.