Thing to Do While Waiting for the Totally Tyler Book (Life and Times of Totally Tyler)

Sunday, 18 September, 2011 / Published in Press

Originally posted at The Life and Times of Totally Tyler. 

Yes, it’s true. I have a book coming out in just a couple of weeks. I know. You can hardly wait. Me either. It feels like Christmas, right? In the meantime, to keep you busy, here are a couple of awesome things you should check out.


I recently had the pleasure of meeting famed novelist Jackie Collins at the Hudson Hotel library for a cocktail reception celebrating her new book, Goddess of Vengeance.

It was an intimate afternoon affair, with delicious hors d’oeuvres and a champagne-based martini named after one of Collins’ most popular characters, Lucky. When I arrived, Jackie was in the middle of a string of television interviews but it wasn’t long before she was sipping a cosmopolitan and mingling with fans.

With over 25 best selling books under her belt, Jackie is an icon in the literary world. I never really know what to expect when meeting a celebrity. I’m a shy, goofy boy from the Mid West. I have a penchant for getting tongued-tied and dropping things when dealing with regular folks, let alone celebrities, so I was especially appreciative that Jackie was down-to-Earth and gracious.

After a bit of socializing, Jackie nestled into a plush sofa for a reading from the new tome, choosing a segment that featured a saucy, witty exchange between two hookers. Incidentally, the audio book of Goddess features Jackie reading as the infamous Lucky Santangelo. Be sure to check out a clip and purchase the audio book here. Following that, Jackie eagerly answered our questions with humor and class, even making the f-word sound sophisticated and proper.  We leaned in as Jackie shared what inspires her, dished on her favorite television shows and discussed women’s rights. I could have listened to her talk for hours. (As a side note, can we talk about how amazing Jackie looks? And with no plastic surgery, to boot!) To see video footage of Jackie’s Q and A, head over to Boy Culture.

Eventually, after waiting with the nervous anticipation of a child waiting to see Santa Claus, I was able to personally chat with Jackie as she signed my book. I wiped my sweaty palms on my Diesel jeans and held my iPhone out to a group of bystanders, asking if someone could take our picture. One of the reporters took my phone but then Barry, Jackie’s older gay best friend (“Every girl needs a gay best friend,” she had said earlier) snatched the phone from the reporter’s hand. “I want to take it,” he said with an adorable smile. “I want to be hip!”

Jackie had earlier mentioned in the Q and A that Barry produced the blockbuster Tina Turner biopic, Whats Love Got To Do With It which garnered a few ooh’s and ahh’s from us, but Barry had won me over already when I heard him tease  a young publishing exec who was assigned the illustrious duty of carrying Jackie’s chic purse. “Hasn’t anyone told you that your shoes should match your bag?” quipped Barry, with a wink.

Confused, Barry fumbled with the iPhone for a moment. I wondered if he was tipsy.  “How do I do this?” he shrugged.

“I’ll help you,” said the reporter, looking over his shoulder. I leaned in towards Jackie and smiled. click-CLICK!

Barry beamed with pride but the reporter seemed alarmed when she looked at the screen. For a split second, I thought they had accidentally stumbled upon a nude pic of a recent Grindr liaison. “Let’s take another,” said the reporter. I leaned in towards Jackie again but then I wondered if I was too close. You know, personal space and all. click-CLICK!

The reporter shook her head. “No, take another.” Barry sighed and I side-eyed Jackie, worried that she was getting annoyed but she chuckled at Barry and cozied up for another photo. click-CLICK!

The reporter shrugged. “That’s…good,” she said. Barry handed the iPhone back to me and I thanked Jackie for the photo and the signed book.

“You’re very welcome, my dear,” she warmly said with a bright smile.

Moments later, Jackie was whisked away and the party dwindled as I sat drinking a Lucky martini and thumbing through Goddess of Vengeance. Earlier, after hearing that the premiere party for the new Sarah Jessica Parker film was going to be held in the same space only hours later, I had joked with others that I was going to hide under the giant pool table with hopes of also meeting SJP, but I couldn’t wait to get home and start reading. Jackie is a literary pioneer- her early books were controversial, boundary-pushing works that were banned in some countries and I knew Goddess would not disappoint. I’m halfway into the book and it’s a riot- suspenseful, cheeky and good fun. Click here to purchase Goddess of Vengeance on Amazon.

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