Archive for the ‘Books/Publishing’ Category

Memoir of a Black Eyed Pea

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Exciting news – here’s the official news of my latest project as a ghost, as announced in a press release issued by the publisher:

“Publisher Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, has announced that Taboo – MC, dancer, actor and member of the six times Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum group The Black Eyed Peas – has signed up to write his memoir, FALLIN’ UP (more…)

This is fact not fiction…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

People’s lives are quarries and, somewhere buried deep, lies the truth that needs to be mined before this raw material becomes a memoir. An even deeper quarry is that of history.

Within the painstaking excavation of both, there will be emotions, details and certain accounts that will be dug-up and exposed. And then there will be fragments of imagination and fantasy, clinging to these truths like clumpy, wet soil. It is the job of the writer on this archaeological dig to know and then separate the two. (more…)

Writing from the shrink’s couch

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I feel an explanation coming on, because I did exactly what Britney asked.

“If you want to understand me, go talk to the people who know me,” she wrote in 2002, long before great misunderstandings took root within a very public meltdown five years later. (more…)

LA Times feature on Britney book

Monday, November 2nd, 2009


photograph by staff photographer Spencer Weiner

photograph by staff photographer Spencer Weiner

Book reviews are like capricious bullets – prone to go in any direction. You might dodge them to write another day but, as sure as eggs are eggs, the writer’s ego will one day take a hit. The author’s challenge is to find objectivity within another’s subjectivity (and not look such a gimp posing between his books!) (more…)

Stephen Gately

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

It is not often in the oily, bullshit-covered halls of show-business that one comes across much sincerity and authenticity. Such real people form a minority group in fame’s society.

Stephen Gately was one such rare gem; a true light, a true joy and a true pleasure to spend time with. I’d met him (more…)

Therapy? You’ll need an alias first…

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

I remember first broaching the subject with the publisher: “I’d like to retain a therapist, to assist my understanding of Britney.”

It was clear from the hesitant response that my editor thought I’d already spent way too much time in LA (and I hadn’t even admitted (more…)

When threesomes don’t count…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

It’s the day before the official US release of the Britney book, and I’m trying desperately hard to maintain a PR focus and ignore the distractions, namely MacKenzie Phillips and Sarah Palin.

An October release for Britney: Inside the Dream was always going to make me a PR underdog and, sure enough, the media is pre-occupied with (more…)

A thirst for revelation

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

I had one of those hold-head-in-hands moments the other day when a reporter asked: “Are there any MacKenzie Phillips-style revelations in your Britney book?” As if one seedy, Jerry Springer-esque confession maketh the great read and defines a book’s promotion.

The media’s thirst for dirty revelation seems, nowadays, to be the only measure of a book’s PR worth unless you’re an A-list celebrity with an autobiography or a top-name shoe-in for best-selling fiction. (more…)

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