Interview With Jackie Collins

Photo by Greg Gorman

Whether it was reading one of her tawdry romance novels for the first time in high school or watching a Lucky Santangelo miniseries on television, almost every woman I know is familiar with the “Queen of Steam” known as Jackie Collins. Selling over 400 million books to date, the British-born author is one of the most fascinating storytellers of scandal in our time. As the sister of Dynasty‘s own Joan Collins to being seduced by Marlon Brando, she knows the lowdown dirty of Hollywood first hand and has made a successful career of it. Her new book, Poor Little Bitch Girl, is about the lives of three high school girl friends, now in their twenties and caught up in their own sordid affairs. I asked Jackie to talk to us about romance, rebellion, her style and even Twitter!

In a time where we can get a good dose of scandal anywhere: the news, reality television, and gossip blogs, what else besides tales of raunchy romps can your novels bring to someone who has never read them before?

Interesting characters. Strong females. Edgy relationships. And the real truth about what really goes on among the rich and infamous. ou are not getting the front page of a tabloid, you are getting the true stories of celebrities with their names changed to protect the not so innocent!

When you came out with your first novel, author Barbara Cartland described it as “a nasty book, filthy and disgusting” and she “hardly slept after reading it.” I can only DREAM of someone describing my writing in those words. What advice can you give to someone who wants to write?

Oh yes, talk of writing a book is easy, but actually doing it is not. So… my advice is get to it, and WRITE!

I always describe today’s technology as a double-edge sword. With sites like Twitter and Facebook, communication with anyone is literally a click away. But in terms of romance do you find that all the texting and instant messaging hinders intimacy?

Not at all. Progress is the internet, and I find communication with my fans quite inspiring. I am obsessed with Twitter (jackiejcollins). It’s so much fun!

You’ve always been a bit of a rebel, from getting kicked out of boarding school at age fifteen to being the “Queen of Steam.” Who are some other women you admire for not playing by the rules?

Angelina Jolie. Wild and wonderful. She reminds me of my favorite heroine, Lucky Santangelo. And I love Kathryn Bigelow. So talented and smart. A woman who definitely does it her way.


Can you give us your five current obsessions?

Spare ribs at Huston’s

Do you collect anything?

Books – everything from current novels to coffee table photo books – usually kind of edgy.
Bronzes of panthers and cheetahs.
Buddhas of all sizes.

I would love to take a peek inside of your closet. What are a few of your favorite wardrobe essentials?

Black pants. Black boots. Black t-shirts! My working uniform. And at night I dress it up with great original jewelry.

Can we talk about a little bit about your sexy affair with Brando or do we have to wait until your autobiography? I just want to know if he was he a teddy bear in the sack or did he throw you around like a ragdoll…?

Yes, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait!! And it’ll be worth waiting for!!

When can we expect the tell-all of your life by the way?

Hopefully next year. Working title – Reform School or Hollywood.

Jackie, I still haven’t figured out menz, I’ve even asked some of them for help! What advice do you think I should I remember when I find the hunk of my dreams?

Always remember that the pleasure you give is the pleasure you get back. Tenfold!

Last question. Will you be my fairy godmother? :)
Ha! Ha!


I will take that laugh as a YES, Jackie!

That’s not all my boos! We also have a GIVEAWAY for Poor Little Bitch Girl!!! All you have to do is leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! The winner will be randomly chosen after the contest ends on Friday. If you want… tell us about your own Jackie Collins-esque scandal! GIMME THE JUICE!


1 Erica B. { 03.29.10 at 8:12 am }

What a cool interview!!

2 Ashe Mischief { 03.29.10 at 8:19 am }

Maybe not a scandal, but once, during a St. Pat’s hot tub party that had gone out of control, a tots chub girl (not me!) gave this rockabilly dude a hummer while a fabu drag queen friend of ours sat there giving her tips. Rockabilly dude had been all over the girls and had to settle. So sad! But his story lives on.


3 Poochie { 03.29.10 at 8:23 am }

I love her and her attitude!

Scandal… hmm…. I dated/”spent time with” 4 members of the same faternity at the same school.

I’ll have to tell you the complicatedness of this in person!

4 Carsi { 03.29.10 at 8:36 am }

great interview, I really can’t see Jackie Collins eating ribs haha

5 Jill { 03.29.10 at 11:00 am }

i wish this blog had a like option. or a *love* option.

6 Tiffany { 03.29.10 at 11:19 am }

“Bronzes of panthers and cheetahs.”


Nothing particularly sordid I wanna talk about on the same internet my momma uses, but there are some hazy moments I hope get included in someone’s book someday.

7 melissa { 03.29.10 at 11:21 am }

man! i was hoping she would divulge some brando stuff! whatevah! and i’m totally agree with carsi. i totally can’t see her eating ribs! i don’t see as the type! too awesome! hahaha!

8 UltimaEsperenza { 03.29.10 at 12:37 pm }


Well. Since we’re so close…

To most, I’m a mild-mannered (riiight), demure wife to a wonderful husband.

But ladies. I will let you in on some sekrets.

We get some freak on. We aren’t anything as dated as “swingers” (yawn), but we have had to lay it down on some unexpected Poor Little Bitch Gurls in the past.

A hot little chica makes a move on my (very honest) man, I give her some points for taste, and then I tell her the fee. If she wants a tumble, she’s gotta play for two.

It’s a team effort, and in this tiny little town, the truth flies faster than the rumor. Scandal is served for breakfast, Miss Honey.

9 Mace Elaine { 03.29.10 at 1:00 pm }

Oh hell yes.
I have no scandals to speak of, but I do love getting my dirty mitts on the tales of others, so gimme dat book.

10 nico { 03.29.10 at 1:46 pm }

to combine my love of joan collins (FIERCE) jackie collins (ALSO FIERCE) and my girls, french and saunders (such a crush of jennifer saunders)

11 Jeannette { 03.29.10 at 5:49 pm }

Not sure what kind of scandal you’re looking for because… is it really scandalous if you don’t know me? I once sent a reconnaissance troupe out in the woods to search for my underwear during a camping trip. I just couldn’t take the chance that someone would find it in the morning.

12 Angie D { 03.29.10 at 6:31 pm }

Please please enter me!! I love Jackie Collins and her books!!
email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

13 Amy { 03.29.10 at 9:11 pm }

This interview was great! I’ve read only one Jackie Collins book (back in high school when I was reading books for sex scenes) and think I may pick up this new one.

If I can win it, even better! ;)

14 Jess { 03.29.10 at 11:53 pm }

Ah mah godfather. That lady be a goddess. I used to read her books in the high school library, before they found out about the sexings in them. DAYAMN.

15 vagiunta { 03.30.10 at 10:00 am }

“Filthy and disgusting”?! Why haven’t I read any of her books before?!

16 Jassy { 03.30.10 at 10:49 am }

This is the sort of trash I should not read, so of course I want it.

17 Cara { 03.31.10 at 8:27 pm }

I have had a few scandals in my past, mostly from my time living in London ;)

18 Dinah { 03.31.10 at 10:33 pm }

Woohoo! Love your blog, agent lovah!

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