She started writing as a teen and, since then, has sold more than 500 million copies of her books in more than 40 countries and had 29 best-sellers, many of which have been adapted for the big or small screens.
When I was barely 10 years old, I somehow got my hands on an old copy of Jackie Collins' novel The Bitch, ripped the cover off of it (so my mother wouldn't know what I was reading) and read the book from cover to cover in a day. Not only did it inspire me to read, it inspired me to write.
Jackie Collins has a way with words. In her new book, The Power Trip, which tells the story of six high-profile couples who set sail on a luxurious yacht, she writes, "Men are like spaghetti -- they're all straight until they hit hot water."
It suits the standards of the chatterati for a multimillionaire beer heiress with nine homes to assume the role of First Lady, but a self-made, Ivy League educated lawyer? Times haven't changed so much after all.